Brew / Drink / Walk?
If you listened to the most recent podcast (BDR Episode 4), Lee and I discussed a run we went on together. I nearly always run alone, but I am finding sharing a route either with my wife or a good friend is a very nice change of pace at times. This time, even though I may be our “chief runner” as described by Savannah Magazine in a recent article about craft beer, I can always learn something from other runners.
On our run, Lee was setting the pace so I was following his lead. Here is the lesson I learned: Walk. It is simple and smart.
I always start my runs out with a quick stretch and then a five to ten minute “slow jog” that is programmed into my daily running program. From there, I will either work up to my 1/2 marathon pace or faster with an interval run here or there depending on the schedule. What I learned is that a quick, five minute or 1/4-mile walk was a significantly more effective warm-up allowing my legs to do a better job at transitioning through my paces for the miles. I always assumed that the “slow jog” was an effective warm-up but I am pretty certain that the walking is even better.
Thanks to Lee for the run and for teaching me a new trick to help keep my runstreak going.