It would seem that the idea that walking on purpose in a marathon in order to record a faster finishing time would die a natural death, given how stupid the idea is on its face. But no, one of the largest daily newspapers in the world is happy to feed to myth.
Here are two key passages in the article:
To train for my first marathon, I’m using the “run-walk” method, popularized by the distance coach Jeff Galloway, a member of the 1972 Olympic team. When I mentioned this to a colleague who runs, she snickered — a common reaction among purists.
That’s right–those who argue against the idea of run-walking leading to better performance aren’t merely using math and reason to support their contentions; they can simply be written off as “purists.”
Walk breaks are a way for older, less fit and overweight people to take part in a sport that would otherwise be off limits.
Okay, so you’ve now admitted that walk breaks are the purview of the “less fit,” fat people, and the generally infirm. Are you going to suggest that these people get fitter, or are you going to stick by your bullshit and pretend that this is some sort of optimal strategy that substitutes for proper training?
What a crock of shit. Walk all you want, but don’t pretend you’re doing yourself or your finishing time any favors.