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I seem to be reading conflicting opinions about running vs. running/walking a race. I have been running for 3 months and hope to run my first half-marathon in Sept. How do I decide whether to train using a run/walk pln or running only plan? Please note: I am very new and this is a big stretch to try to complete the Sept. half marathon. I have a 2nd scheduled in Jan. which I am more confident I will be able to run the whole way. Thanks for any guidance!
well, I'm new myself, and I'm not TOTALLY sure what you're asking but I'm just going to go ahead and share my story.
I've been running since January (did the C25K) and I'm running my first half on Sunday. I for the most part followed Hal Higdon's half marathon training program for "novices". I ran as much as I can, but I definitely walked some of the time (and will walk some during my half on sunday I am sure!). I think you just should shoot for running as much as you can, but listen to your body! If you need to walk, walk, know what I mean?
HTH! Good Luck to you!
First 1/2 Marathon- 5/30!!! Completed!!! 2hr30min49seconds (good time for me! )
I try to do 6 min run/1 min walk or 1 mile run/1 min walk (depends how I'm feeling). I have used intervals in every half marathon but the first one. The first one was my slowest time. I know that some of that was because it was my first race and I didn't know what to expect. I also ran out of energy when I tried to run the whole thing vs saving something for the end with the walk breaks. But again, you have to race how you train so you need to make a decision rather quickly.
I didn't do the whole race with those intervals. I did it for the first 10 miles and it worked pretty well. You're right that it gets to be a little bit annoying to remember your intervals. However, I also increase my running time to 6 minutes during the last 3 miles because I felt really good.