Hey there, I am looking for opinions from well seasoned runners perhaps those that have tried both programs. I have been running for a few years and completed my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in 2008, am back at training for another race but 1/2 marathon this go around.
I have started off slowly in terms of doing a run walk program for my training this go around, started with a 4/1 split and have just moved up to a 5/1 this week. My goal is to do a 10/1 split by end of September so I can basically run a mile before I take my 1 min walk.
Have you found by experience that you finish stronger when doing a Run/Walk program AND is it true that you finish not that much farther behind someone who ran the race without the walk intervals. Also do you find you have less or the same amount of injuries or discomfort when doing a run/walk program?
Gallowalking is a great way to start up for runnings looking to get into shape. However, it seems that with your experience in running the marathon and half marathons, that you should be looking for improvement. The people that you are going to pass Gallowalking in a race are those that tried to straight run without training adequetely. If you build up into a straight running program you should not have any problem beating Gallowalkers come race day and improving your performance.
Use Gallowalking as a way to get yourself into shape with the progression plan that you have set up, it looks good!. Then leapfrog from that into a straight running program, even if you need to back down initially. Say, 5 miles Gallowalking every day to 3-4 miles of straight running. This is how you are going to improve your overall fitness and race performance in the long run.
Great advice and you are correct with doing a marathon and half marathon before I need to start improving. I went without training for almost a year hence my easing back into the training. I am going to follow your advice it makes complete sense.