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Jan 20, 2021

Run / Walk / Run: How Giving Your Brain a Break Delivers Better Results

by Andrew Cartwright

An experienced runner who I look up to a lot recently posted on Instagram about a training program called the “Galloway Method”—a “Run Walk Run” system that encourages runners to alternate between planned run and walk intervals, that boasts reduced muscle strain and joint stress, faster recovery time, and more control over fatigue than simple non-stop running. But if you’re running, you’re getting there faster, right? Run / walk / run By walking at regular intervals instead of pushing their bodies up to and past their limits, the theory is that Galloway runners won’t wear out as fast as nonstop runners, leading to a more refreshing and enjoyable running experience rather than dread and exhaustion. All of that sounded believable enough when I read up on the system, but then I came to a claim that gave me pause – that the Galloway Method can actually help runners to improve their run times even while slowing down from time to time for these active walk breaks—according to the Galloway site, “an average of 7 minutes faster in a 13.1 mile race when non-stop runners shift to the correct Run Walk Run ratio — and more than 13 minutes faster in the marathon.” It seems counterintuitive, right? Obviously, someone who keeps up a running pace will be faster than someone who slows down to walk, even once; you’d think that even a crawling jog would be quicker than a brisk walk. But according to the evidence gathered by Galloway and proponents […]

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