Don’t Shun The Run-Walk Method

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Nov. 18, 2013
  • Updated Nov. 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM UTC
The run/walk method is an effective tool for both training and racing. Photo:

This is a good way for beginners and experienced runners to return to form.

There is often a stigma attached to runners who utilize a run/walk method in their training. Many new runners don’t feel that “real runners” respect them if they aren’t running the entire distance, while experienced runners often shun the concept of a run/walk, even when it might be a useful training tool.

However, as a new or experienced runner, you shouldn’t be ashamed of utilizing the run/walk method. When implemented correctly, it’s an effective training method that can help you increase your fitness faster, recover from hard workouts, and return from injury with less chance of relapse.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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