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‘Taking Walking Breaks Doesn’t Make Me Any Less Of A Runner’

“I ran the entire thing.” This phrase used to signify a huge victory for me. This was my celebratory chant after races or any other type of run. After taking my finish-line jump shot, I would tell anyone who was within earshot.

Walking breaks are an important part of my weekly running schedule. Yes, I am still a runner even though I slow down to walk. Walking intervals have actually made me a more efficient and faster runner. (Hello, I was able to knock 25 minutes off my 26.2-mile time.

Skeptical? Skeptical? Jeff Galloway, a running coach, and author pioneered Run Walk Run in the 1970s. He has since trained thousands of runners. Although he designed it for beginners, the strategy is also suitable for experienced runners.

According to the website, “strategic walks breaks allow runners to manage fatigue and virtually eliminate significant running injuries.” You will see the runner and walk break in the same sentence. My friends, get used to it.

These are some reasons I no longer consider taking walking breaks a sign that I am weak or less of a runner.

Walking intervals have made the fun run back. A walk breaks allow me to take in the sights and sounds all around me and allow me to catch my breath. It should be a panoramic view but you can also have a few trees. My phone is always at my fingertips and I can capture the views in a split second. I can look back at those photos, recall my achievement, and feel all the happy feelings over again. These throwback endorphins can be very real.

Runs are less daunting when they are planned.

Running is a great way to get started. Running for 30 minutes straight is easier than running for 5 minutes and walking for 1 minute. Then again, you can do that several times. Both are runs, I thought.

Would you believe that walking breaks could help you stay injury-free? You better believe it. You can welcome a little bit of walking into your run, and you’ll be able to say goodbye to muscle strains, aches, and all other pains that come with pounding the pavement. Jeff considers his Run Walk Run running training a huge benefit.

Running and walking in intervals help reduce your impact and improve your recovery. Walking at set times allows you to add valuable recovery time to your run, so your body doesn’t feel exhausted by the end. This will allow your muscles to perform better all through. Jenny Hadfield, running coach, and author of Running For Mortals previously explained to Women’s Health that you have the time to slow down, catch your breath, and then go on with your run.

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