Received an interesting question from a reader over the weekend. She asks, “I’ve been running for some time now but can’t seem to get over my urge to walk at times during a run. Any tips to how I can stop walking while running?”
Here are a few pointers that might help out:
Make a slow go at it: While it is incredibly tempting to want to stop and walk, try to slow down your running to a jogging pace, or jogging to speed walking. The point is to keep moving. Once you start walking in a run you’ll find you are more likely to keep starting and stopping throughout.
Shorten your distance: If you’re struggling to run 3 miles, make sure you have a solid 1 mile run down before you add on mileage. Quality miles over quantity.
Mind over matter: Sometimes it’s the brain muscle you need to retrain. If you’re focused and worried about walking it will be distracting. Make a new playlist and tune out to your head and focus on pushing your body.
Pick YOUR pace: If you are accustom to taking a walk break, you may not have found a suitable pace for you. Find a pace that you’re comfortable running at and can sustain for a reasonable distance, and then you can work on increasing your distance and building your ‘base pace.’
Most of all give yourself a break and give it time before you find your running comfort zone. The important thing is you’re DOING IT!
Check out Runner’s World for a few additional tips on Becoming A Better Runner.
Any other tips you can offer up on how you became a stronger runner?