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