Why Walk Breaks Help You Run

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To train for my first marathon, I’m using the “run-walk” method, popularized by the distance coach Jeff Galloway, a member of the 1972 Olympic team.When I mentioned this to a colleague who runs, she snickered — a common reaction among purists.

But after interviewing several people who have used the method, I’m convinced that those of us run-walking the marathon will have the last laugh.

The run-walk training technique is the subject of my Well column in today’s Science Times. To learn more, read “Better Running Through Walking,” and then please join the discussion below.