How long is the ideal walking break?
That depends. I would say most runners going through an aid station should have time to grab the water, drink it, and maybe even relax a second and let it go through—so anywhere between 30 to 60 seconds. If they need more then so be it, though in today’s marathon events there are almost more aid station that we really need, if you drink at every station you can almost drown.
I always bring up the fact that I ran a 2 hour 29 minute marathon walking through every aid station, and my son Kevin qualified for the Olympic trials with the same strategy, running a 2 hour 18 minute marathon. Even if you walk for a short period of time you don’t really lose that much time.
What is more important: covering longer distances or running faster?
For first timers,… [Read the Rest of the Interview with Hal Higdon Here]
Anyway, everyone in the group is being lovely to me so far, including Jerlyn, who slowed down her ultra marathoner self to ran a whole loop of Central Park with me for the Unity Run post Orlando. Since I am training for my first marathon (NYC), she recommended I check out Hal Higdon novice marathon program. Which I did, and I decided to follow—so far so good (within reason)—though I had many questions about really basic stuff.
I figured I couldn’t be the only newbie who’s confused (and a little overwhelmed), so I decided to make some news I (and others) could use and bombarded Hal Higdon with doubts about things from how to buy shoes to how often to drink to what if you can only run on Sunday instead of Saturday (shocker—it doesn’t matter, so long as you do it).