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STRIDE WITH PRIDE

WALK THIS WAY

Don’t “race” your walk breaks to minimize lost time—the point is to reduce your heart rate and ease muscle strain, McGee says. Instead, stride crisply and briskly, aiming to take around 100 to 130 steps per minute.

Rebekah Mayer completed her first marathon in a speedy three hours and 14 minutes. Still, she hesitated to claim she “ran” the entire race, because she walked a bit after mile 22.

Like many runners, Mayer once considered breaking stride during a distance race as an admission of defeat. “There’s this culture the marathon,’_” says Bobby McGee, a coach in Boulder, Colorado. “Walking is seen as a sign of weakness.”

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