Run/walk/running my way through a marathon


I read a fascinating article on how you can run a faster marathon by taking walking breaks a few weeks ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. I ran the Brighton marathon last year and up to 18 miles I wasn’t doing too badly, but after that it was more of a shuffle/crawl/drag along affair. I’m so taken with this idea I’m actually going to try it out. I’ve signed up for the 40k challenge in Shere, which is a hike or a trail run through the beautiful Surrey hills, and thought I’d try it out here (I know it’s not a full marathon just to be clear, but near as damn it!).

You can read more about this fascinating concept here. The theory behind it is simple – by giving yourself walking breaks you are allowing yourself recovery time so that you can then run a little faster during the running sections.

I’m aiming for a 9 min/mile pace so running 4 minutes and then walking for 1 minute. This should give me a finishing time of around 4 hours.

Pace per mile Running Walking
8:30 5:00 1:00
9:00 4:00 1:00
10:00 3:00 1:00

If you would also like to take part in the 40k multiterrain challenge, you can enter here.

4 thoughts on “Run/walk/running my way through a marathon

  1. When I first started running I used the run a little/walk a little training method from Couch To 10k and found it suited me.
    We were the slowest team in the Shere 40k last year! But we’re still returning for another go this year. I’ll be with my hiking buddies, so no running for me, but I’m hoping to do Ealing half 2 weeks later, and Oxford half 2 weeks after that, so any top tips for speedy recovery would be much appreciated!

    • Thanks for commenting and tweeting. 🙂 I was away this weekend and internet was pretty bad so wasn’t able to see messages. Me too – I also did C25K, this is similar but more of a strategy that ultra runners use to conserve energy and thought it would be ideal to try here. So hopefully I’ll see you there? 🙂 x

  2. I’ve seen people do this at marathons and do well. I have tried walking through water stops as a way to give my body some recovery time. I start with the first water stop because it is important to give yourself some recovery time before you are totally spent.
    This could work out very well for you.

    • In theory I should do better than when I tried the run the whole thing and ran out of steam. I’m hoping periods of recovery will mean I can run it faster. It’s an experiment as much as anything! 🙂

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