The goal for this run was to take it easy and maintain good form. I spent a lot of time focusing on my arm swing and keeping myself from hunching over. As it turns out, it’s OK to walk during run, here is why.
Walk During Run
I find the hunching tends to dominate as I get worn out into a run. Not good. Overall it seems I came out a champion! I had a few hot spots on my feet from the VFF but no blisters yet.
Post-workout I had a 300 calorie Smoothie King Lean smoothie. $1.99 with coupon. I had an enjoyable and completely manageable run Monday night. I would even venture to describe it as redemption after Saturday’s brutality.
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My feet are probably adapting again to the shoes. I haven’t run in them since my traumatic 7-miler a few weeks back. Monday’s Workout: 4 miles / 47:12 Paved Route; “Barefoot” in my VFF
It’s OK to Walk During Your Run
I also told myself it was OK to walk during my run. I took a few walk breaks here and there, nothing timed. And I felt better for it. Some days I have it in me to run straight through.
Other days I do what’s best for my body – in that moment. In the past I have told myself walk breaks made me a less hardcore runner.
Walk Breaks Are Good
Maybe not? I read in Runner’s World recently – and I’m not going to remember the exact article – how walk breaks are actually good, especially when completing long distances.
The body can tend to bunch up and the runner’s form suffers. A walk break helps straighten you out and get back on track. A walk break also gives fatigued muscles a chance for recovery.
Walking While Running
This brings to mind another goal. I’d like to run a 5K in my Vibram FiveFingers Sprint. Right now I am eyeballing the Anthony Wayne Rotary 5K in Fort Wayne on August 20 as a potential.
I know the course and I ran one of my personal bests at that race last year. But before that I still need to tackle this weekend’s race – the Huntertown Heritage Days 5K in Huntertown, Indiana.
Are walk breaks a part of your normal training?