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BigMacPast50 Amateur 8 posts since
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May 14, 2010 8:05 AM

Don't understand the need to walk??

There are times during my run, usually 2-3 miles, that i just want to stop running and walk. I don't know if the "desire" comes from my knees, mylungs, my stomach. Non of the mentioned hurts or feels tired. If I ignore the urge to stop and walk it's ok but would like to find out what part of me tells to to slow down and walk? Any ideas?

  • akaerock Pro 120 posts since
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    2. May 14, 2010 8:29 AM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    Hi BigMac,

     

    I get these urges to stop all the time. I learned changed my thought process. I tell my self "dont stop" or "dont quit" or "dont give up". I changed my key words to "Keep Going" "Be Successful". Ever since I changed the way I was thinking during runs I was able to complete 3 miles without stopping. If you think about "stopping" you will stop, If you think about "Going" you will go.





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  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    3. May 14, 2010 12:07 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    The general desire to stop running and walk could be the result of a few things. If your not hurting physically, it could be low energy (fuel) levels. A general lethargy could also be from not getting enough rest.





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  • atrain1016 Amateur 36 posts since
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    4. May 14, 2010 1:32 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    I agree with the previous two posts. If you're short on fuel then your body can't go. Really take a good look at what you're eating not just the day of but the day before. Also, what time of day are you running? If its after work its just that you could be wiped from the day. If its the AM maybe you're body just isn't awake yet. I'm fortunate and can run late morning/early afternoon but if you're schedule doesn't work that way then maybe you need to adjust some other areas in your life to make sure that you're rested and fueled for your runs. If that's all good, when I get those urges, pretty much on every run, I just tell myself to suck it up. Not every run is going to be amazing and not every run is one of those off days. For all those days in between you just have to suck it up. Also, ask your self why you are doing this. When I started training for my first half this past March I had a hard time getting past 3 miles. I gave myself a mental adjustment and got back to just running. Not worrying about pace or distance. I had my goals but I didn't let them shackle me. Find the joy in running and it will give everything back to you. I'm completing my 3rd half in 12 weeks next Saturday and am amazed that my "short" runs of 4-6 miles are so enjoyable and my long runs are a blast. Now the first 2-3 are the warm-up for the fun part.

     

    Keep pushing through and stay true to why you're running and you will get there!

  • moviechic3 Pro 96 posts since
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    6. May 16, 2010 4:02 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    This was a good post with a good question and answers. I often wonder it myself as I don't really push myself hard during running but always get hit with the "I need to stop" now.





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  • atrain1016 Amateur 36 posts since
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    7. May 17, 2010 2:22 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    So you're probably getting at most 5 hours of sleep on days you run after being on your feet all day. You're better than me for even getting out of bed! The only thing that will get you over the hump (since I'm sure your work schedule isn't going to change) is strong mental resolve. But be careful not to push through too hard on days when you're totally wiped. The risk for injury increases with lack of sleep. Partly because you won't be as focused but also because your body doesn't have alot of time to recover.

  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    8. May 17, 2010 3:38 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    BigMacPast50 wrote:

     

    Thanks to everyone for the replies. All wise thoughts. I usually run at 4 am as I have to go to work by 6 am. Maybe I'm not getting enough rest. I usually in bed by 11pm but work on my feet 10 hour days. I see alot about energy gels and drinks. Do they help? I don't see the need right now but as I increase my distance and speed I may need some extra boosts.

     

    Thanks for all the encouragement. I am positive minded and can continue to non-stopping my runs.

     

    thanks again.

     

    You are definitely going to want to find a way to get more rest. Keep in mind rest and recovery are every bit as important as the workout portion of your routine.





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  • ohioraceday Pro 111 posts since
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    9. May 17, 2010 7:29 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    Why not just schedule the "walk" session into your run?  Read the Jeff Galloway blog linked to Active.com.  He's the marathon runner that preaches run/walk/run.  It breaks your run up into segments, revitalizes your legs, helps your morale.  Pick a place in your run that you plan to walk.  It puts you back into control of that urge.  Besides you don't lose that much time/distance when you walk briskly for a minute.

  • az2mn Legend 402 posts since
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    10. Sep 29, 2010 1:46 PM (in response to BigMacPast50)
    Re: Don't understand the need to walk??

    Hi!

    I totally agree with M. Burrows.

    I have been incorporating the (Jeff) Galloway method of run/walk/run and I have seen overall performance in my training and races.
    I am almost 50 yrs old and have been running all my life, it seems.  I rarely do 5ks as I seem to prefer and have been running alot more 10ks and HMs the last few years.  The run/walk break/run regimen is especially helpful for 'older' runners but it has also been helping my 13 yr old niece as well who has taken up running a couple of yrs ago, mainly 5ks.  She finished her first 10k in 1:12 on a tenacious trail course!! 

    Of course, one can modify it as you gain more strength, endurance, speed, etc. 

    There has been tremondous differences, for the better, in my times and distances ever since reading and incorporating some of the Galloway's suggestions along with other advice from running/nutrition articles.  

    Thought I would never do this but I am training for my first marathon (Jan. 2011). 

    The Galloway schedule has lessen my muscle/joint fatigue and recovery times have also been much better.  

    Book:  Galloway's book on Running, 2nd edition.

    Hang in there and Good luck!





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