I agree that Richard's advice was awesome. Probably like everyone else here, I printed out a copy and put it in my running notebook.
Walking breaks, in my opinion, work well for someone who does not have the endurance to run 26.2 miles. That is, if a person will inevitably walk part of the final 10k, then that person is likely to have a faster net time if he or she begins the walk/run cycle earlier in the race. For the better trained marathoner, one who can run at a consistent pace for the full 26.2 miles, then I think running will lead to a faster net time than will walk/run cycles (even when the run cycle is at a faster than normal marathon pace).
Like you, I'm waiting for Richard's input also. I just followed his hydration advice at the NJ Shore Marathon and achieved a PR!
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