Hello divas! I hope that your week is going wonderfully so far. Mine has been pretty low-key so I can’t complain. I was able to get on the anti-gravity treadmill at physical therapy and run a few intervals at 50% weight so that was fun. The healing continues lol.
One thing I have been focusing on in my healing is my strength in my foot. This will allow me to be able to get back to running quicker and have better form when I do. I shared last week why you should start running this year. Today I want to share some running tips – these are more of the “hows” of running. I am a big believer in the run-walk method because of the benefits it gives my body.
My running journey started like many such journeys do – with a couch to 5K program. This was great because it started off with a combination of running and walking and gradually became more running than walking. The purpose was to learn to run for 30 minutes straight by the end of the program. Well that didn’t work to well for me. I made it to about the 20 minute mark and would have to take a breather. But I knew that I wanted to be able to run 5Ks and work my way up to the half marathon distance (see 5 reasons to run a half marathon).
So why was this method a good fit for me? There are 5 benefits to using the run-walk method that have helped me in my running journey.
1. Decreased Chance of Injury
The run-walk method causes less wear and tear on the body, decreasing the chance of injuries. Continuous use of muscle will result in fatigue much quicker. This method will allow a runner to go farther and/or longer before fatigue sets in.
2. Quicker Recovery
With less wear and tear on the body also come quicker recover after a run. I know from experience that I can walk all over a city after doing 13.1 miles and still not be sore the next day. I generally don’t have a lot of pain after a long race because of the walk breaks.
3. Interval Training
This is a form of interval training which means that you can burn more fat and calories than running at a constant pace. Which is great if you are like me and trying to lose a few pounds.
4. Breaks up Distances into Manageable Units
Running is as much mental as it is physical – especially when you get into the distance races. Using the run-walk intervals will help with those long distances. Running 14 miles just seems impossible. But as I am running my intervals, I only have to focus on the next interval. Before I know it, my mileage is done and I can treat myself to a post workout smoothie.
5. Motivating for New Runners
This method allows just about anyone to run any race they want. It doesn’t matter your age, weight, gender, or physical ability. You can be a runner. As you start off slow, you can work your way up to running for a longer amount of time and having fewer walk breaks.