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Do you include your 5 minute warm up/down walk in your running distance?

Bianx
BianxGraduate
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I'm using the podcast alongside run keeper, and include the warm up walk and warm down walk. Do you all include this? I was wondering if I should be including it in my km's run or not?

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emkeenan
emkeenanGraduate

Hello :)

I don't normally include the warm up and warm down no. I think it would probably be a bit deceiving as it would increase your distance but alter your average pace. I'm currently doing the B210K programme in this week running 3 lots of 15 minutes separated by 1 minute walks- although I don't include the warm up and warm down I do include the one minute intervals to save me messing with my watch.

I'll be interested to see what the consensus is on this, I always just assume that everyone does as I do!

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Becca66
Becca66Graduate

Nope, I don't include the 5 min walks at each end: the run is, well, the run.

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dottiemay
dottiemayGraduate

I never included the warm-up/cool down. I still don't. Unless it's part of run/walk intervals I start my Garmin when I start running and stop it when I stop running!

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Doodle1
Doodle1Graduate

I'm with everyone above only start my garmin when I start to run.

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Hidden
HiddenGraduate

I only count the running too.

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Bianx
BianxGraduate

Thanks everyone! :) I really appreciate the replies. My next run is tomorrow so will start it after my warm up.

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GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate

If I am feeling really keen (ie after the calorie burn) I do the before and after walks on Runkeeper - as walks - and then switch to running.

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gingernut49
gingernut49Graduate

I use my phone for my running apps and the podcast so it's too much of a faff to get it out of my bag to start off the apps when the running starts so I don't. I know it's then not accurate but then who are the statistics for? Only me and I can see overall that my distance and speed is improving.

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XFNutty
XFNuttyGraduate
in reply to gingernut49

I do this too :)

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BlondeAmbition72
BlondeAmbition72Graduate
in reply to gingernut49

Same here. If I was running only I would probably start Strava after the warm up but as the pod casts I'm on currently include lots of walking I see the warm up/cool down walk as part of the session :-). Plus like you said, if you do the same each time then you can see that distance/speed is improving by comparing current 'run' to previous efforts.

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nrg_girl
nrg_girlGraduate

I record both warm up and cool down, since I've covered the distance it counts for me! It does give a lower "pace" calculation, but I like seeing the difference in my Garmin. My walking pace has remained the same but my running pace has improved. I think it's an individual choice if what information you're trying to collect. Good luck.

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achydunlin

I record the warm-up walk and the cool-down walk in my distance. It's still distance you've been moving, even if you weren't running... that's probably why my overall pace is slow!! (of course it's nothing to do with the fact that I run slow..)

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Bianx
BianxGraduate

I tried it without the warm up and warm down and it shower to me what I already know....my walking pace is about the same as my running pace :(

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Tattoojunkie30

No as it would alter the results of your running as emkeenan pointed out, and you wouldn't be able to track accurately if your running speeds up or slows down.....do as I do start it after the 5 min walk and the. Stop immediately after the run xxxx happy running

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