• Author Jenny Hadfield
  • Sport Running
  • Athlete Profile Beginner
  • Program Length 6 days a week for 20 weeks

The Run-Walk Marathon Program is a very popular program for first-timers and those who want to enjoy training with minimal risk of injury. The program includes running mixed with power-walk breaks. It is the recipe that transforms every day mortals to marathoners. This is also the Penguin’s favorite plan. He always uses some blend of running and walking in training and racing.

The Run-Walk Program is a perfect program for first-timers, those who have had problems with aches or pains and those who want to progress safely with a reduced risk of injury.

The blend of walking and running together reduces the overall impact and risk of injury, increases fun and enjoyment, and prepares you to go the distance.

The key is to find the program that best matches your current training and start there. You will progress more quickly and reach your goals more effectively.

The “Run-Walk” Program is best suited for those who are new to running and have been covering at least 3-4 miles comfortably 3-4 times per week for at least six months. If you are currently running less, that is okay! You may want to follow the Walk-Run Marathon Program or the Run-Walk Half Marathon Program and build your way up.

In addition to the daily training schedule, this program contains weekly inspirational messages from best-selling author and Runner’s World columnist John “the Penguin” Bingham. His words will help you stay motivated so that you can achieve your goals.


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