Why I'm Using the Run-Walk Method and So Should You

Experienced runners can benefit from it too

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Photo by Elisabeth Verzilina on Unsplash

If there's one thing that both beginner and seasoned runners have in common, it's a lot of pride.

It's the feeling that comes from crushing new goals, logging even longer distances than your fellows, and belonging to this special group called runners.

Yes, runners... Some people think you can only become a true member of this community and get better at the sport if running is all you do in your workouts, and other less intense activities may just impede your progress.

In reality, however, runners of any level can benefit greatly from mixing in some chunks of walking into their training routine. And it's not just for getting from and back to their house or apartment.

When I first got into running, my ultimate goal in every workout was to run 1, 3, and 5k non-stop. I felt accomplished if I didn't have to take a break — because I managed to endure the whole distance, and that's how you build endurance, right?

Back then and before I became a running coach, I was convinced that only weak athletes need to stop in the middle of a run. And I certainly didn't see myself as one.

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.