Walking Rocks

I use walking in so many ways. As a runner, I generally run but adding walking to my routine has helped me become a better runner. Here’s how.

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About Ann Brennan

Ann Brennan is first and foremost a mom of three beautiful children. She is the managing editor of Beyond Limits Magazine and the creator of Ann’s Running Commentary. In 2012, Ann took Ann’s Running Commentary to new levels – first with a segment on the RunRunLive Podcast, chronicling her journey to her first Ironman and second, with a new channel on YouTube. Currently Ann is working on a non-fiction book series and working hard every day to remind people to get up, get active and get out there.
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3 Responses to Walking Rocks

  1. Kathy Fowler says:

    Ann – you just made my day!!! When a rock star like you does 1 mile run/walk a minute, you make me feel so good because I do the same thing. My last marathon (ok – my second marathon) I used that and finished with a huge PR and felt so strong I walked back 2 miles to run in my daughter who ran it without training. When my brain started telling me I was tired, I knew I had less than a mile to my next “break” and I knew I could go a mile so I went.
    Thanks for these video casts – I am REALLY enjoying them. You are a huge inspiration to me.

  2. lauraryan416 says:

    Soon, walking will become my best friend. Too many people are embarrassed that they are on a run/walk plan. They need to hear this.

  3. When I first started running (about 3 years ago), I did so because I was bored with eliptical and stair machine and spin class. But I’d never liked running in my life. A few times in college (ok, 20+ years earlier) I had tried running and always lasted a few days before declaring myself “not a runner” and giving it up. So when I started a few years ago I did a couch to 5K program that had me increase running time over 6 weeks so I could run 30 minutes. I don’t know that I ever made it to 30 minutes, maybe 22. But every time it was just brutal. I felt like running was just so hard! I like hard but really. Then I heard about Jeff Galloway and run/walk and it was like it all fell into place for me. I follow the Galloway ratios pretty consistently so that means at my pace 3/1 or 2/1. Sometimes I go with shorter walk breaks like 45 seconds or 30 seconds. For me, I believe it is the difference between a slower workout that I can do and my quitting and saying “running isn’t for me.” It’s a bit strange to talk to runners and I feel a little like a faker when friends and family are so laudatory but I’m doing what works and feels right and healthy for me.

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