Run/Walk Your Next Marathon?

Song Of The Post: “Walk On” by U2

I’ve had very little pain yesterday and today so it appears like my right heel is slowly getting better. I am still going to hold off a few days before I attempt another run to make sure everything is healing and not to re-injure it. I have been biking some days to keep me moving and hopefully keep my endurance up.  Since my heel appears to be getting better I am starting to feel that I will be able to at least run the Air Force Marathon on September 17th. However I am still thinking I will not be able to finish under the 4 hour mark like I have been shooting for but I guess only time will tell.

I happened upon an article earlier today that was talking about runners who have different goals for their upcoming marathon. They had the typical first timer who’s main goal is just to finish, the runner who wants to qualify for Boston, the runner who wants to be injury free and the last one was a runner who wants to run/walk a PR.  I have heard of the run/walk method before and it still baffles me. During my first marathon I did walk a few times because I either needed to stretch out a cramping muscle or I just wanted to make sure I was able to drink all the water I needed at the next hydration station. However, it was very hard for me to get moving again and I was usually in more pain for at least the next quarter mile then I was before I stopped. For me it was harder to convince myself to start running again then to convince myself to keep running. It did work really well for the guy in the article as he knocked off a little over three minutes to get him to his PR of 2:53:27. Far better then I did during my first marathon and don’t think even in my wildest dreams I will ever break 3 hours so I guess I can’t really bash this method. Since he had ran a previous marathon at 2:56:37 I definitely get the impression he is a pretty serious runner and maybe his body just adapted to the constant change in pace better. However I am still a little puzzled by it.

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