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Okay, well I don't know much about racing. I've seen people stop to walk but I always thought they were quitting...so my question is this...Can I stop and walk some in a HM? How much of the race can a walk? Like run 6 miles, walk 1/2 mile run 2 more, walk again a bit, etc? Does it still count as running a HM? Have you ever done so? I'm afraid I won't feel like I really did the race if I walk at all. But in WV in January...I afraid if I don't walk some I might die
I'm sure JK will pop in and make some comments.
Some good reading on walk breaks can be found here:
'07: 1324.5 | '08: 1561 | '09: 1810.9 run ~ 208.7 bike | '10: 1,000.3 run ~ 3513.5 bike | '11: 710.3 run ~ 4157.9 bike '12: 659.9 run ~ 3365.6 bike (100% benched by ortho last 4.5 weeks while in long-arm cast)
• DON'T BREAK ANYTHING!!!
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You'll ruin your knees!
""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
However, if you do walk, please be very cautious and considerate of others in the race. Before you slow to walk, check behind you and move to one side of the course (preferably the right side, at least in America). Never walk in the middle of the course. Even at the water tables, where many people walk, be aware of runners around you moving at different paces. (Indeed, if you're going to walk through the water stations, consider walking behind the tables so that those trying to drink-and-run can keep on moving.)
It's definitely something I think about experimenting with. My biggest problem is that once I stop to walk I have a hard time getting myself to run, again...
I watched a woman WALK every step of the 24 hour event and she covered OVER 100 miles.
Now that was a bath...
Last half marathon I raced was the first time I took walking breaks, mostly at water stations but also going up a steep bridge. I ran a PR and felt much better than in the half marathons I did earlier.
Jake - it was helpful you pointing out about not taking them on distances under 10km.
I just wanted to make sure people wouldn't laugh at me if I walked some.
Some people walk the whole race!
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