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:

Injury Recovery

I recommend all runners returning from a difficult injury utilize the run/walk method. If you were laid up for more than a couple of weeks or if the injury is particularly troublesome, the run/walk method can prevent re-injury and help you transition back to normal training faster.

When returning from a difficult or persistent injury, the injured area is likely to be sensitive and prone to re-injury. Moreover, you’ll likely compensate for weaknesses or pain by limping or firing other muscle groups to take pressure off the injured area — often without realizing it. You could potentially be stressing other areas of your body to compensate and set of a chain of injuries.

Implementing a run/walk will help take pressure off your structural system while enabling you to get out and run for a greater total time while transitioning back to normal training.

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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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