Walking - 17th August 2022
Walking gets a bad rap in some running quarters. Here I'll try to convince you that it can be a really useful tool for runners.
When warming up
Some mornings it's hard to get going. Jumping out of bed onto the cold streets seems like too much of an effort. But if you start by walking? No problem.
When cooling down
Who feels like running more after a hard interval session? Not me. While some gentle jogging is a good idea, finishing off with walking can really help add the finishing touches to a proper cool down.
Jog recovery? Well, that sounds like hard work, and I'm supposed to be recovering. Standing still is nice but it means you risk seizing up. With walking you get the best of both worlds.
I've had plenty of injuries where I've been unable to run without pain, but walking has been fine. What a great way to keep limber and get some low-level aerobic benefits.
Get down your local parkrun and volunteer as a tail walker. You get a run credit, a volunteer credit, enjoyment of the scenery, a bit of exercise, and a nice chat with the back of the pack.
When getting around
You can't run everywhere.