Running, or is it Walking?

In the Portland, Maine harbor. This was taken next to where we ate with our good friends the Jenkins from Richmond.

In the Portland, Maine harbor. This was taken next to where we ate with our good friends the Jenkins from Richmond.

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a GymBoss Max timer. It basically allows me to set up intervals for a run/walk workout. So far, I’ve used it four times using a 3/1 run/walk ration. I run for 3 minutes, walk for 1 minute, then repeat up until my time or mileage is complete. While the first few minutes seems easy, by the end of 45 minutes, I cannot wait until the running is over and the walk breaks begin. Thus far, I’ve only used this on the treadmill but cannot wait to do this outside to see if my outside runs are a bit better using the run/walk method.

Yesterday was my best running workout in months. I used the 3/1 run/walk ratio on the treadmill. The treadmill at the YMCA doesn’t have a real interval setting that I can program, so I have to switch to running faster and walking slower manually. I decided that I wanted to go for 45 minutes so took off using the 6 MPH button for running and the 4 MPH button for walking. It seemed to work out okay for me. I’d run a bit faster than I wanted in the beginning, but then have to crank it up after warming up to push the running to 6.3 or 6.5 MPH during the last mile or two. Thirty minutes in, I was feeling great. I’d finish my walk period ready to run and ready to push the speed a few tenths higher than 6.0. I’m sure that the music I had cranking in my ears helped, but occasionally got a grin from the combination of the music and how great I was feeling running. Three minutes later, I was thankful for the walking period but ready to go just 60 seconds later.

Today, I am not stiff at all — very different from when I used to purely run (slog along) for 45 minutes. I used to feel guilty for taking walk breaks but now it’s just part of the program. My knees and the rest of my body seems to thank me. I am certainly feeling better at the end of the run than before so think there’s something to this new method!