So you're out on a run, not even a long run! Just an average run... You may have ran twice this distance last week! But here you are walking some of your route. Well it turns out it's not always all in your head!
Under strain, such as prolonged running, the fluid is pushed out of the fascia that surrounds your muscles. Because of this, it becomes dehydrated and therefore doesn't function as effectively... The fascia is less springy and elastic. (Muller & Schleip).
A short break from running, by walking 1-3 mins of your route, gives the tissues enough time to rehydrate therefore giving you back that springy, elastic fascia! (Muller & Schleip).
So next time you're out for a run and feel less "springy"... it's time for a short walk! And tell your running pals, it's not "all in your head"... you're just "rehydrating your fascia!"
Not sure what fascia is? ... Take a look!