Walk Breaks During Running Don’t Impact The Quality Of Your Workouts In The Long Run In Marathon Training – Especially If You End Up Jogging Further!
Over the past year I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it’s alright to stop occasionally for a walk during a marathon.
When I was training for the marathon last year, I thought that walking in the midst of the run was comparable to giving up.
Honest to God, I was that bad that I wouldn’t even stop for cars when crossing the road!
Think about it this way, which of the following is the most beneficial workout for a runner?
Workout A : Run 5 miles.
Workout B : Run 5 miles. Walk 0.5 miles. Run 2 miles.
It’s got to be Workout B every time. Just because you’ve stopped for a walk in Workout B does not negate the last 5 miles that you’ve ran. In fact it’s better in that the half mile walk has allowed you to carry on for another 2 miles afterwards.
Ultimately the farther you run, the greater the distance you will be able to run in the future.
If a walk break allows you to go further, then by all means stop for a bit.
This is not to say that you should stop in every run or even in the majority of your jogs. It’s best kept for situations where you know you can go further but first need a rest before completely stopping your workout.