There are many opinions to run / walk methods, also known as jeffing, for races such as 5k, 10k and beyond.
I've heard many opinions, plenty negative but that did not stop me completing 2 half marathons and many 5k and 10k races this way.
Some just think it's wrong, you are just giving in and cheating. Others get upset if you pass them and then they pass you. You pass them again and then... you get the drift!
So what is Jeffing?
It is a phrase tagged to the Jeff Galloway Method from 1974 when Jeff was teaching runners of different abilities to achieve their distance goal. Over the years the technique has been developed and over a million runners have used it. You can read more about it here.
Essentially it is a mixture of walking and running to different time lengths to allow you to reach your goal whilst minimising fatigue and injury. It is similar to many Coachto5K programmes that you can use when starting out.
Is it ok to run / walk?
Yes! It is ok.
Our virtual run and challenges allow you to mix up running and walking to add to your miles. So if you are looking to try it out, a virtual run or challenge is a great way to try it out.
Many public and organised races are open to all abilities although some may have a cut off time, so bear that in mind if you are signing up for one and considering jeffing.
The main thing is that you are looking to be active, start running and achieve a goal such as a 10k, half marathon or further.
If you are thinking of tackling a half marathon and wondering about jeffing, read more about how to set your intervals and how many of then you need to do.
How do I get started?
You can head over to JeffGalloway.com and follow the method there, or you can follow a Coachto5K plan. Many of them start with 30 seconds running / 30 seconds walking, building up your distance and time for running.
Why not try a parkrun near you to get you going and get a recorded time as well. Parkrun is open to all and many people walk round the 5k route and you won't be holding anyone up.
Over to you...
What are your thoughts on jeffing?
Have you tried it and did it work for you?
Do you have an alternative to jeffing?
Let us know in the comments below!