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It’s been an active morning over here!


I’ve found that I’m struggling with writing the book early in the morning, so I decided to swap my afternoon workout for a morning one.  The bright side is that my yoga session + run is done; the downside is that I’ll be writing until 9 PM.  🙂


I did Yoga Sculpt on Exercise TV, which is rapidly becoming my favorite yoga workout DVD because 1) it actually makes me sweat and 2) there’s a dancing warrior series (Warrior I and II are my favorite poses).  I’m working so hard on improving my warrior stance!


After Yoga Sculpt, I did 6 minutes of abdominal work per the Whittle My Middle Challenge, which is seriously killing me.  That is a LONG time to do ab work! 


And then I ran 6.0 miles.  Whew!  Told you it was an active morning.  Here are my statistics:


  • Distance: 6.0 miles
  • Duration: 57:03


I was thinking on my run today about taking walking breaks – I think it’s important for you all to know that I WALK!  (I typically let my watch keep rolling).  I learned to run from the Galloway Method, which is when you run for one minute, walk for two, and repeat, gradually reducing your walking time as the weeks go by.


I still take walking breaks (I took 3 during today’s run) when I need to rest or just feel too hot (it’s still 80+ degrees here).  With an average pace of 9:30, it’s obvious to me that taking walking breaks doesn’t destroy my mileage splits.  In fact, I bet I can run longer and faster on average when I do take breaks instead of just sloooowly jogging the whole thing.


Before yoga, I had a bowl of banana oatmeal:


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: brown sugar, flax, coconut


And for lunch, I had spaghetti with Alfredo sauce, spinach, and veggie meatballs.  I also had a glass of POM Wonderful + sparkling water:


This was easily two servings of pasta, but I was SO HUNGRY!


And it was so good.  🙂


In other news…. Ali from Food, Fitness, Fashion has a dachshund named Oscar.  He sent Maggie a get well soon card because she sprained her leg.  🙂

Maggie says….


Do you take walking breaks when you run?  Have you tried the Galloway Method?  I try not to walk on “shorter” runs (like 4.0 miles and under), but I definitely see the validity in taking breathers on longer ones.



  • Rachel November 18, 2009, 12:44 pm

    The dogs cracked me up!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 18, 2009, 12:47 pm

    I take waling breaks too! It just help I think 🙂

    Your dogs are too cute!

  • Julie November 18, 2009, 12:52 pm

    lol the dogs are too cute. Doggie love.

    I don’t usually take walking breaks, unless i have to stop to adjust of fix something like my ipod or HRM. I don’t really run long distances anyway so it’s not like I’d need to walk.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 18, 2009, 12:52 pm

    Maybe if I walk inbetween, I could actually run!

  • katherine November 18, 2009, 12:53 pm

    I definitely take walk breaks. For the marathon last month, I ran 7 minutes and walked 1 after I got past the first 10 miles and the crowd had thinned a bit.

  • Sarah November 18, 2009, 12:54 pm

    I definitely use the Galloway Method when I run and slowly but surely I’m seeing the time I’m able to run increase and my walk breaks are coming fewer and farther in between!

  • Ellen November 18, 2009, 12:55 pm

    You’ve got a nice looking warrior pose there! I hate looking at myself in the mirror when I’m in warrior because I can totally see my “batwings” sagging on my arms. (Actually, let’s call it “relaxed muscle” to make me feel better :))

    I don’t walk when I run because I usually never do more than 4 or 5 miles. And not that fast!


  • Molly @vegandorm November 18, 2009, 12:55 pm

    I don’t walk but I’m a competitive runner, and my coach would literally pass out if one of us started to walk mid work-out haha.

  • Kara November 18, 2009, 12:56 pm

    LOVE the doggy correspondence! 🙂

    I’ve done cycles of 9 minutes running/1 minute walking during my last two treadmill runs, and you’re right – it doesn’t slow my pace down at all! I also try to pick up the pace a bit for the last few minutes of the run section; that way, my legs definitely earn the walk break!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 18, 2009, 12:57 pm

    I always wondered about walk breaks and marathons running. I just assumed that runners kept running the whole time. I am amazed that anyone could run that long without a break! Nice to know it’s a respectable thing to do; there may be hope for me, yet!! LOL!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 18, 2009, 12:57 pm

    I’m all about taking walking breaks on longer runs. When I do anything over 8 miles or so I usually run for 9 minutes and walk for 1. I can usually still average a 9:30-9:45 minute pace with that.

    When I ran my first half back in May I ran the whole way and finished in 2:15:40, by the end I was DRAGGING. When I ran my third half in October I took LOTS of walking breaks, probably one every 10-15 minutes, and finished in 2:01:40.

    I definitely think that taking walking breaks is OK and it’s not going to ruin your pace. I also think that walking breaks are better for your joints.

    I actually participated in a run club in my town this past summer and the husband and wife who lead the club have been running for 20+ years. Since starting the club 10 years ago they have instated a walk/run policy. The advanced group runs for 8 minutes and walks for 2, beginners run for 1 minute and walk for 5 and there are different levels in between.

    Anyways, since they started using the walk/run philosophy in their training neither of them have been injured and they both have run tons of marathons, half-marathons and ultras!

  • Sandra November 18, 2009, 12:57 pm

    I do take walking breaks on my long runs. I have really seen it help me. I have a marathon on Sunday (my first) and I feel really good about it, I am injury free (I tend to suffer from stress fractures) and I enjoy my runs more. I walk every two miles and my time hasn’t change from when I didn’t walk.

  • Janna November 18, 2009, 1:00 pm

    Omg that is so cute with the puppies! Get well soon maggie!

    You look so strong in that yoga picture. I am so inspired to get back into my workout regime after spending so long studying my GRE (which I wrote yesterday!)

  • MelissaNibbles November 18, 2009, 1:01 pm

    Hey, who taught those dogs to write?

    I take walking breaks depending on how my body feels. Listen to your body 🙂

  • Jessica (Mile High Jess) November 18, 2009, 1:02 pm

    I usually don’t take walk breaks, aside for the 20 seconds or so when I take a gel. I’m just not coordinated enough to take a gel and drink water and run. I tried it a few times…it wasn’t pretty. During my marathon last summer, I only walked at water stations every 6 miles or so. I’m thinking about approaching it differently this year and maybe running a few miles, taking a walk break. We’ll see. i’m stubborn and sometimes feel like when I let myself walk I’m giving up. But I think it could actually help me get faster.

  • Shelly November 18, 2009, 1:03 pm

    I run loops around a big park, so there are a few water fountains I regularly visit, I often walk up the the fountain and walk back to the track on my long runs. I also walk for a little while when I eat my goo (which I time so that I walk up to a fountain to wash it down). I think it helps me recharge during my run and is good practice for walking through a water station during races.

  • Julie @savvyeats November 18, 2009, 1:05 pm

    I didn’t walk during my 15K, but maybe I should have… I was the second-to-last person to finish because I went with the “slow and steady” theory!

  • Erica November 18, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the morning workouts 🙂 I love warrior too- I feel SO strong when I do it. Those get well and thank you pictures are SO cute. I love it. You know Franky is sending his best too 😉

  • Lee November 18, 2009, 1:06 pm

    Yes, usually when I do an out-and-back route, I’ll walk for a minute or two during the turnaround.

  • Tracy November 18, 2009, 1:11 pm

    I never take walk breaks – I feel like they make it worse on my long runs! Just when I start to recover during a walk break it’s time to run again! Maybe I’ll try one this weekend.

  • haya November 18, 2009, 1:12 pm

    i love warrior too! do you know what the difference between crescent lunge and warrior I is? all the pictures i look at seem the same and I can’t figure it out.

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 1:23 pm

      i THINK its based on the position of your back foot – crescent – your back foot is straight, warrior – it is 90 degrees to your other foot.

      • haya November 18, 2009, 2:41 pm

        aha! i suspect this but wasn’t sure since it’s sometimes hard to see exactly what direction the tiny feet in the picture are pointing.


        • Laura November 18, 2009, 7:00 pm

          I think with crescent you are also up on your toes (like a deep lunge) and in warrior your foot is flat.

        • caitlin November 18, 2009, 7:01 pm

          yes, laura is right.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 18, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Those doggie pics are super cute!

    I try not to take any walking breaks unless I feel like death, basically, and must haha not sure how smart that method is, but meh.. 😉

  • Courtney November 18, 2009, 1:13 pm

    I CAN’T TAKE IT!! I want a wiener dog with all my heart. I was told by hubs we cannot be outnumbered and we already have 2 dogs. But I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry…I just really adore wiener dogs. If you did a blog of just pics of your dogs, I would read.

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Jessica Hanna November 18, 2009, 1:16 pm

    I love yoga sculpt on exercise TV! I first tried it because I was getting bored with my DVD collection – not exercise TV yoga is totally my friend! I can’t remember the last I did one of my DVD’s.

    I have not tried walking during my runs but someone recently suggested that I try it out and mentioned the Galloway method. Maybe I will give it a try : )

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 18, 2009, 1:17 pm

    After having back surgery I have to do the Galloway method for anything over 5 miles. I don’t mind though because I’m still able to run 🙂

  • kilax November 18, 2009, 1:18 pm

    I don’t usually do the Galloway method, but I may consider it as I add on more miles! 🙂

  • Aneta November 18, 2009, 1:20 pm

    I usually dont take walking breaks. but i want to start. I have ran 3 half marathons and on my last one i was determined to run it under 2 hours and that did not happened.
    I am currently researching the Galloway Method. I think this will improve my time and i think my training will be better, especially when i try to attempt my first full marathon.

    im glad you blogged about this today!

  • meagan November 18, 2009, 1:20 pm

    i’m training for my 2nd half-marathon with the galloway method and i can tell a marked difference between the training for this one and the last one. when i trained for my previous half i felt awful the whole time because i just did.not. have the stamina and had no idea how to build it properly.

    the galloway method changed that for me–i’ve become faster and have more endurance and i’ve only been in training for three weeks. by the way–this was on your recommendation! so thank you!

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 1:24 pm

      yay congrats!!!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 18, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Hahah those pup pics! 🙂

    I’ve tried the running method where you run for 10 minutes and walk for 1–and my runs were better and faster than ever when I did that. I’m definitely with you on the power of walking breaks; they make my runs so much more energetic.

  • Sammi November 18, 2009, 1:22 pm

    I have to take walking breaks. I’m still learning with running and right now I can do miles but I have to stop after 1 mile for a minute or two to catch my breath/stretch. I’m going to start upping my milage to 3 hopefully this weekend! I’m going to add .5 each way and see if I can 1.5 and 1.5 with a walk break in between. We shall see! And your warrior pose looks really good! Your arms are siiick 🙂 I do pilates but I was thinking of trying yoga soon!

    • Sammi November 18, 2009, 1:23 pm

      That is supposed to say “I can do 2 miles”

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 1:25 pm

      thank you! i think i can credit my arms (which all the sudden look more muscular, even to me!) to yoga and all those freaking downward dogs.

  • Melissa @ whitegirllife November 18, 2009, 1:26 pm

    I really enjoyed your post about running. I am just starting to get into running and have never really done it before. I do HIIT on the treadmill but am getting really interested in longer distances. My plan is to do BFL workouts (3 weights workouts, 3 HIIT workouts) and incorporate couch to 10K plan with it. I am very excited! It is good to hear your recomendations on it.

    Those pups are so cute also!

  • Matt November 18, 2009, 1:27 pm

    I have never taken a walking break 🙂

  • Mica November 18, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Aww, I’m glad Maggie is feeling well enough to respond to Oscar’s message. 🙂

  • Allison November 18, 2009, 1:31 pm

    I love the Galloway method, and I always walk on my runs! I run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute. When training for shorter races, I do more like run 4/walk 1, but right now I’m training for a half marathon. I, too, am faster when I walk!

  • Karla November 18, 2009, 1:33 pm

    I use the Galloway Method, not only because it makes it easier to run but it also makes time go by a whole lot faster. Breaking the long work out into 1-2 minute intervals makes things move faster so I don’t get bored.

    Right now I’m doing run 1 minute, walk 1 minutes. Soon I’ll try running 2 minutes and walking 1 minute!

  • Erin November 18, 2009, 1:33 pm

    I do take walking breaks. Sure, it might slow down my time but it means I can go farther and feel more comfortable.

  • brandi November 18, 2009, 1:35 pm

    wow, you have been productive! Good job! I hope the writing goes well today.

  • Carolyn November 18, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Thank you for letting me know that you walk during your runs. I always feel like it’s cheating when I want to walk.

  • Heather November 18, 2009, 1:40 pm

    you know it’s been a mental struggle for me- getting to the point of “not walking”- but your sharing that you do walk here and there on your long runs is such an encouragement. As i’ve been increasing my milage the last few weeks, I’ve been trying not to be discouraged that I can’t run X amount of miles without taking a 10-20 second walk. Sometimes its so hard for me to remember that it was NOT that long ago that I couldn’t even run a mile and I need to give myself TIME to progress.

    I recently discussed this on my blog, as well, but I definitely have faster times if i take walking breaks. My mile splits when I run an entire 5K course fall between 12 and 13 minutes, but if i walk for just one minute during each mile, I come in between 10 and 11 minutes. IT BAFFLES ME.

    But I know that the interval training IS BUILDING my endurance faster than if i were to just run the same amount of miles each workout. Laura of becomingtheoddduck.blogspot.com and I recently discussed this too- perhaps i should start training for a 10K now, because I think it will automatically force a stronger/faster/BETTER 5K. Thoughts?

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 1:46 pm

      personally for me, 5K and 10K races are entirely different animals because I strive to pace like 8 minutes for a 5K and 8:30 for a 10K. Those 30 seconds per mile KILL ME and the only way i get faster for 5Ks is to do tons and tons of speedwork (like 2 miles worth of 400 meter sprints), not necessarily slower, longer distances.

      so… i guess i’m not sure what to tell you 🙂 hehe.

      i can say my first race was a 10k! 🙂

      • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear November 19, 2009, 8:47 am

        Heather – I am in the same situation you are. I just listen to my body. If it’s that (and not my mind) telling me to slow it down, then I do. It’s when I push myself too hard that the pain and injuries come. I strive to pace faster for 5K and 10K races like Caitlin, but like you, I literally couldn’t run a 1/4 mile four months ago. Progress will speak for itself! 🙂

  • Lindsey @ EatReadRun November 18, 2009, 1:43 pm

    I used parts of the Galloway Method for my marathon training (the length of runs, number of times you run a week, etc.), but I could never get into the walking part. For me, when I walk it’s too close to stopping. My body thinks, “Ok great we’re pretty much done.” And then starting back up again is rough and sometimes impossible. I wanted to walk sooo much during my marathon, but knew that would be it for me. I wish I could throw some walking in!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health November 18, 2009, 1:44 pm

    I’ve also been thinking about rearranging how I do my work bases on how I feel at different parts of the day. I seem to do better creatively in the morning and feel more task oriented in the afternoon.

    As for your warrior II pose, your extended leg should be back a bit further so that when you bend your front leg, your thigh is parallel to the mat. Your knee should be directly over your ankle instead of behind it. Just be careful not to overextend it past the ankle. To help, look at your foot over your knee, you should only be able to see your big toe, first toe and possibly your middle toe. You should not be able to see your little toe at all.

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 1:47 pm

      ooo awesome tips!!! will try this next time – thank you!

      • Christie @ Honoring Health November 18, 2009, 1:49 pm

        let me know anytime you need help with your yoga, I am in training to be a yoga teacher so I would be happy to help.

  • alli November 18, 2009, 1:46 pm

    i dont take walking breaks. ive ran two 1/2 marathons and just did a 16 mile run all without stopping. i do get slow towards the end, 10:30-10:45 min/mile pace. my second 1/2 marathon average pace was 9:58 and the 16 miler was 9:52. if i walked i wouldn’t feel like i could say “i ran a half marathon” if i really truly ran 12.6 but walked .5 throughout the length. i’d have to say “i did a half marathon”. i can’t get past that in my brain :/
    i am curious and a interested in trying it out, though. it seems those who do take walking breaks do better (time and endurance) than those who dont.
    great question!

  • Tiffany November 18, 2009, 1:47 pm

    I take walking breaks on my runs throughout the neighborhood. Living on the base of a mountain makes for some rather hilly neighborhoods. I was impressed with myself when I ran 4 miles last week, through the neighborhood, I tackled eight hills on that run and managed not to walk at all. However, if it weren’t for the fact the sun was heading down and I wanted to get home before dark I probably would have walked. Mostly, I just like to listen to my body and what it is telling me on that particular run.

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 18, 2009, 1:52 pm

    HAHAHA! I can’t wait to show Oscar his message back from Maggie tonight! He is gonna get so excited! 🙂

  • Katie November 18, 2009, 1:54 pm

    I have to walk some. I need water and my body is pretty rebellious walking keeps it from dying lol Stomach, knee, back and hip could go out at any moment. I LOVE the days I don’t need walk breaks though!

    Warrior poses are so hard! Warrior 3 is imposssible. So is half moon etc. I had to do those in class Friday and just gave up I was falling over on the wood floor! I tried, but after a 9 mile run fuget about it lol

  • katie November 18, 2009, 1:54 pm

    im going to try that yoga sculpt video today!!

  • Christina November 18, 2009, 1:55 pm

    I walk but I’m still learning to “run”, it’s more like a jog lol. I’m using the Couch to 5k program and I can go about 3 miles. I’m thinking that I’ll use the Galloway Method when I’m done C25K.

  • ashleigh November 18, 2009, 1:56 pm

    I started running using the galloway method. Now i can run without walking but I do also try and do the galloway method at least once a week to help with my speed.

  • Britt - Runnerbelle November 18, 2009, 2:00 pm

    On my long runs I usually take a walking break when I have my Gu or just powered up a killer hill and need some water….. or I just feel the need for a little recovery.

    I even do this during marathons too…. near the end of NYC I had to kind of collect myself and do a little pep talk at mile 23. I walked through the water stop, formulated my game plan to get through the final 3 miles and then got back to work…. rocked out those last few miles. That little break helped me SO MUCH.

  • Dotsie November 18, 2009, 2:04 pm

    I love the doggie love in this post!!!

  • michelle November 18, 2009, 2:08 pm

    I take walking breaks when I need them. I’m a Miami gal and it’s still HOT. In the summer I HAVE to stop and walk just to make sure I don’t get overheated. At the past half I ran I just walked the water stations and twice when I had to catch my breath (I hav exercise induced asthma and walking prevents attacks when I feel like I’m closing up). I just don’t understand the “no walking” mentality.

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full November 18, 2009, 2:11 pm

    You have an amazing body! I wish I had as much energy as you do in the mornings 🙂

  • Megan November 18, 2009, 2:16 pm

    I never take walking breaks. It probably goes back to my HS track roots when we were not allowed to walk during our long runs (well, those of us who were good were strongly encouraged not to anyway!). I feel like I haven’t had a successful run if I walk at all.

  • emily November 18, 2009, 2:20 pm

    Aww, the dauchshound pictures are killing me, I miss having a puppy!

  • on the rocks November 18, 2009, 2:26 pm

    during my runs, i usually take a few 30 second walking breaks. i usually wait to take it when my ankle starts bugging me. thanks you for telling us that you walk during your runs. its nice to hear that even great runners like u still walk!

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 2:27 pm

      thank you for thinking i’m a great runner 🙂

  • Liz November 18, 2009, 2:39 pm

    You sure have been active! Good luck working on your book today.

  • SweetiePotato November 18, 2009, 2:40 pm

    I do take walking breaks. They usually last around a minute and I typically stop my watch so I can know how long I go with just running. If I didn’t take these breaks, I would too tired, too quick!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 18, 2009, 2:52 pm

    I don’t take walking breaks usually, unless I am just dying, but the only reason is because I know that if I stop, I won’t start up again!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) November 18, 2009, 2:53 pm

    since I just started running, YES I do take breaks…but I only take breaks if I need it.

  • Christine N November 18, 2009, 2:59 pm

    I take walking breaks when I run. I am reducing how long they are and how often I take them though as my endurance is building up.

  • Marissa November 18, 2009, 3:12 pm

    Longest 6 minutes of my life hahahaha!! That is so sweet she got a get well card!!

  • Evan Thomas November 18, 2009, 3:22 pm

    I try to not take a break, unless bathroom related in which case by all means 🙂 Then again, it’s not 80(!) here, it’s more like 28.

  • Danielle November 18, 2009, 3:26 pm

    I definitely take walking breaks on longer runs. I take a lot of mini breaks (10 seconds of walking) which is just enough time to drink some water and let it settle. Lots of mini breaks have actually decreased my time (9:30/mile -> 8:50/mile!)

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness November 18, 2009, 3:44 pm

    I take walking breaks… I have to! Right now I do not have nearly enough time invested in exercise / fitness, but I think once I am back “on track” I will still take walking breaks as running is HARD!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 18, 2009, 3:50 pm

    I used to not take walking breaks before, but like you, I have found that when I do it actually helps me run faster and longer than if I had not. Sort of like taking a break between sets of weight training. If I did them all right in a row, I’d fatigue faster and wouldn’t be able to finish 🙂

    I love the doggie pictures, too cute!

  • Amanda November 18, 2009, 3:53 pm

    I am still a “new” runner and take walk breaks during every run. I did 8.1 miles the other day and actually ran a majority of the time, which was amazing for me. ha! I am slowly trying to get better, but I tend to try to do too much too soon.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 18, 2009, 3:57 pm

    Thanks for opening this discussion. I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently because I’ve been having a weird problem where my feet fall asleep when I run (I just blogged about it this afternoon.) It does seem to help when I walk, but I struggle a bit mentally with that – it’s hard to start running again!
    I’m a new runner – I finished the C25K last spring and I’ve been working really really hard to try to speed up my running since then (right now I’m only at about a 12 minute mile.) When you say you are faster with breaks is that because you are able to push harder during the running periods? How fast do you walk? Like a speed walk or more leisurely?

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 3:58 pm

      i think you run up going faster when you do run/walk intervals because you can run faster when you’re actually running, which ends up making up the time. i walk at a fast clip (like 14 minute-miles) for 30 seconds or so.

      re: the foot falling asleep, check this out: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267–12334-0,00.html

      • Emily Eats and Exercises November 18, 2009, 10:04 pm

        Thanks Caitlin. I do have my shoes laced funny (a tip from the doctor) but I’ll try some of the other suggestions.

  • Vicki November 18, 2009, 4:07 pm

    I don’t take walk breaks. I used to do the Galloway method (which is admittedly really fantastic for most people!) but for me it wasn’t the best.I kept getting side stitches from the change in pace and breathing when I was going from run to walk and back again. I’m not sure what my deal was! I could go faster overall when I was doing it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. So I just go slower the whole way but don’t need breaks. Hopefully I’ll get faster with time, though. 🙂

    I’m fairly new to yoga but I hope it makes my arms look like yours!

  • Jason @ Cant Coach Desire November 18, 2009, 4:07 pm

    Typically, I don’t take walk breaks, but I find them useful to control heart rate. If I’m in the middle of a interval or tempo session I sometimes take a walk break to get my heart rate down into something more manageable. I don’t wear a heart rate monitor or watch so I do this by “feel”. Walking is also useful during a race to ensure you get proper nutrition because drinking from a cup while running is hard sometimes.

  • Traci November 18, 2009, 4:15 pm

    Yoga + Run=A great day! I don’t go out with the mindset that I’ll stop and walk. But I’ll listen to my body and if it needs to pull back and walk for a minute, I’m ok with it.

  • Mandee Lei November 18, 2009, 6:47 pm

    Love the doggie pics!!!
    The only running that I ever do is HIIT which is basically walk/run/sprint intervals. So I walk for 1 min and then run at a steady pace (6.0-7.0 for me) for 30 seconds and then sprint as fast as I can for 30 seconds (8.0-9.0 for me) and then repeat!

  • EatingRD November 18, 2009, 7:09 pm

    I just started running and signed up for my first 5k turkey trot!! I’m excited 🙂 last weekend I went for about 5 miles with 3 running breaks and while I was ok aerobically, my joints rebelled on me so now I need to take it a little easier. I’m going to try the couch to 5k which is like the galloway method? Sure hope Maggie gets better, so darn cute 🙂

  • Jesse November 18, 2009, 7:43 pm

    i def take walking breaks and i think i always will be the type of runner that both needs to and wants to. the past few weeks i’ve really noticed that when i take a 1 to 2 minute walk break my legs feel refreshed and strong again when i start running again. its a great feeling and extra motivation, especially on days where my legs feel like lead. this week i’m on mini-sabbatical from running for a few days – i’ve got a minor shin splint on my left leg and i’m giving it rest to heal before a 5k next week and moving on to my 5 mile “long run” week in my 1/2 marathon training.

    its very inspiring to learn that you also take walk breaks, i’ve often wondered if strong runners, like yourself, talk walk breaks or just run straight through a long run or race. YOU are very inspiring! thanks for this timely post 🙂

  • Jenna November 18, 2009, 7:56 pm

    love banana oatmeal!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 18, 2009, 8:30 pm

    I can’t get over your tiny spoon that you always use!! It must take you a few hours to finish that oatmeal 🙂

  • Susan November 18, 2009, 8:30 pm

    I didn’t know you walk while you run! For some reason that makes me happy 🙂 I reeeeally like to run for 9 minutes, walk for 1 on my long runs (6+ miles). But I’m not opposed to taking a quick 30 seconds here or there if I need it. I actually think I run faster with the breaks in between, and my overall pace is faster when I include walking. Most importantly telling myself I can “walk if I need to” is what gets me out the door for a run most days…

  • Loretta November 19, 2009, 12:25 pm

    I learned to run using the walk/run method myself. I still take small walk breaks and don’t beat myself up for it. I don’t take walk breaks if it’s 3 – 4 miles but longer, I do. And definitely don’t beat myself up for it like I used to :0)

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