Is it Okay to Walk During Runs?
Walking helps you increase your muscle endurance without putting as much stress on your
Hi I'm Michele for About.com and today we're going to answer the question, is it okay to walk during a run? Yes, it's totally fine to walk during training and in a race.As a matter of fact, "run-walk" is a great training method as well. After you've warmed-up with a 5-minute walk, run for a short segment and then take a walk break. If you are a beginner, you can alternate very short run segments with short walks, such as 1 minute running and 7 minutes walking. Simply keep repeating your run/walk pattern until you've covered your distance. As you build up your endurance, you can increase your running time and descrease your walking time.Walking helps you increase your muscle endurance without putting as much stress on your joints and muscles as running does. Taking a walking break can really break up a long race, both physically and mentally. Some runners find that walking breaks help them recover faster from long training runs and avoid running overuse injuries.Here's a tip: Try walking through the water stops during a race. They are usually evenly spaced out on the course so use them as a reminder that it's time to walk. You'll also be able to intake liquids much easier when walking so you won't get dehydrated. And that answers the question "is it okay to walk during a run?"Thank you for watching, and for more information, visit us on the web at About.com.
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