Yesterday, I completed my first in-person race since 2019. I realize that there have been races here and there since then, but I didn’t feel comfortable racing in-person until I was fully vaccinated. I was also freaking sick of virtual racing (does anyone else feel this way?).
So, I chose the Run Y-town 5-miler as my welcome back to racing in-person. This event is always organized, and the weather is almost always wonderful. Even with the course changes due to a sinkhole on the original course, it was a really fun day.
Here’s the best part: I didn’t run. I ran about two tenths of a mile total throughout the five mile course. And you know what?
Most people who know me, and most of my athletes, are aware that I support run/walk/run intervals as developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway. Not only can RWR intervals help you recover quicker, but they can also help you continue running when you’re down for the count otherwise.
I mean, if someone told me I had to run three miles “without walk breaks” right now, I’d have to throw the towel in. A solid 30+ lbs and 32 weeks pregnant means I have to readjust my running style constantly, and thankfully, RWR intervals have given me the ability to continue running into my third trimester.
You don’t have to be pregnant to take advantage of Galloway’s RWR method, though! Consider these top five reasons why this is a great strategy for any runner.