CTOTW #5: if you cannot run, just walk

This is the fifth post of COTW (Coach Tip of the Week). If you want to access previous tips, you can get the full list here.

Running all the time is sometimes difficult mentally and physically. At some point, you reach a state when you need a break. Some folks in the runner community say you have to keep pushing, even if it hurts. Bullsh1t!

Running should be a something you like, a way to get away from the stress of our busy life, a way to reconnect with our body. Not a torture, something we want to quit right away to come back as soon as possible in front of a screen. Continue to run is painful? Then, walk, take a break for a few minutes.

By taking some walk break, you will:

  1. improve your recovery between several runs (especially useful if you run often)
  2. reduce the likelihood of potential injury
  3. increase your ability to get further: your body will then recover during your walk so that you will be ready to run a few more miles

This is something recommended by several professionals, such as Jeff Galloway. But the same principles are also promoted by the Lafay method for core training. This is not a big surprise because the same strategy applies in many domains when you want to develop a new ability. Success is a long-term investment and if try to push too much too quick and you will fail. Just be smart and keep a conservative approach: push when it feels good and take a break when you do not feel so great.

CTOTW #5: if you cannot run, just walk

One thought on “CTOTW #5: if you cannot run, just walk

  1. I am in the process of training my wife who is a non runner (for now at least) and I am using the run, walk method. Like you said It has helped her go longer and she seems to recover if she is getting pains.

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