Question: I had a Total Knee replacement in 2014 and I am able to do run walk, but I feel that doing a 1 min walk breaks works for me better. and My Doctor also recommends it. Is it ok for me to use a 60 second walk break?
Answer: The recommended run/walk ratios are just that: recommendations based on years of experience training thousands of runners. You are the captain of your ship and can make the adjustments you feel you need. You should always follow the advice of your medical doctor, especially if it is working for you. If it does not, then you can get a second medical opinion.
One of the wonderful aspects of running is that there is no definition of a “runner” that you must live up to. There are also no rules that you must follow as you do your daily run. You are the captain of your running ship, and it is you who determine how far, how fast, how much you will run, walk, etc. While you will hear many opinions on this, running has always been a freestyle type of activity in which each individual is empowered to mix and match the many variables and come out with the running experience that he or she chooses. Walk breaks can keep the first-time runner away from injury and burnout, and can help veterans to improve their time.
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