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Welcome to my fitness blog. I started running in early 2012, having set my sights on the Walt Disney World Half Marathon which I ran in January 2013. (You can read about that in my other blog). I intend to update this blog weekly with training progress and run reports. Please follow and join this blog (links below) for updates. If you want to share please feel free to, there are links to share via Facebook or Twitter below as well. You can also follow me on twitter. And please comment letting me know what you think!

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NYCRuns Central Park Half Marathon February 23, 2014 2013 Year in Review
Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon - DC March 15, 2014  

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

A little test...

So I decided to try a little test this weekend. As I have written earlier, I ascribe to the running method espoused by Jeff Galloway - Run, Walk, Run. Well, after my successful run in the Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon my plan for this weekend was a short, 4 mile run. And it got me wondering... does it still make sense to use Run, Walk, Run for short runs now that I am in much better shape? Would my time be faster if I ran ("jogged", really) the entire distance? Would I even be able to make it? Next weekend I intend to do 10 miles but the weekend after is a local 5K I was thinking of running - should I use Run, Walk, Run for that?

So, I decided to check it out. For my 4 mile run this weekend I jogged the entire way and did not walk at all. Here are the results.

As you can see, not great. I will say this - I had no problem running the entire distance, in fact I am sure I could have gone a good deal farther. But these times are not great. Admittedly, had I been running a race I probably would have pushed it more and perhaps I would have had a better time. Perhaps. But consider this: the last time I did a 4 mile run using Run,Walk, Run my time was slightly better. Even more telling are the first 4 miles of my marathon last weekend:

As you can see, these times are a fair bit better. And I was pacing myself for a half marathon. And I was on a very hilly course.

So, my conclusion? At least for now I will continue using the Run, Walk, Run method. Not only can I go farther using this method while feeling better, it also appears that my times are faster.

Next week I go 10 miles and I've set myself a bit of a challenge for that. Then perhaps the 5K, and then my next half on the 21st. And I will also probably be signing up for another half in June.

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