Thanks Just Run. I've completed 2 marathons and ran every step of the way. My 3rd marathon was Snowdonia and I had to run - walk the final killer hill (apparently most people are forced to walk at that point!). I'm working towards my first ultra next summer and I'm sure I'm going to have to build in walk breaks. It's a question of whether I end up using a more structured, planned approach from the start or just walking when I feel like it. Based on my Snowdonia Marathon experience it seems psychologically better to have a plan. Plenty of others around me just walked that last hill and it gave me a bit of a boost to be overtaking people. But I wonder if I'd have been better off run walking from the start not from the 23 mile mark. Guess I will have to give it a go next year and find out!
I'm not a beginner runner as such but I'm posting this here because I don't want to be ridiculed elsewhere for mentioning the "walk" word . I'm interested in hearing from anyone who uses the Run Walk Run method by Jeff Galloway as I'm probably going to need to embrace some form or run-walk strategy for some of the races I've got in mind for next year. So, does it reduce injuries, make recovery easier and also give a similar finish time? My only experience to date is doing a 5K with 1 min hard effort, 1 min walk and discovering that I could get round my usual 5K route faster than just running. But, I'm not convinced that it prevents injuries - it felt more like speedwork in disguise for me!