Our expert says:
I don't think it's too late to start, and you're on the right track. YOu have 3 weeks to go, and obviously the main thing is to take care that you don't injure yourself by increasing too quickly now.
What you shoudl probably do is to gradually increase the running time, and reduce the walking time. So right now, you're doing 2 poles running, 2 walking. I think you should increase to 3 running, 2 walking for the next week. Then 4 and 2, 5 and 2, and so on. You'll find that if you do this, your fitness improves gradually without overdoing it.
In that race, my advice is that you adopt a preplanned walk-run routine, so that you run for example one minute, then walk one minute. Do this for the first 5km. Then, depending on how you feel, you can keep it the same, or you can try 1 minute running with 2 minutes walking. With the finish in sight, you might try to finish with more running. Point is, if you plan to walk, then you'll never be forced to walk, which is obviously what you want.
So have a plan, stick with it, and don't forget to enjoy it!
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