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In this context, it is interesting to note Newton’s comment on the role of walking and cycling as additional training methods for long-distance running. Walking was much in vogue in the 1920s, and many popular walking races were held, including the London-to-Brighton Stock Exchange race, the predecessor of

The London-to-Brighton running race. Shrubb (1910) and Andrews (1903) believed that walking should be the major component for long-distance training and that runners in training should run only once a week. Even Nurmi walked long distances. Yet Newton’s attitude was clear: Walking is a waste of time. Long walks, even quick walks, do not help a person to run.

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Given Newton’s attitude, it is difficult to understand why he walked more than 47,000 km during his running career (see Exercises 5.2). His explanation was this:

There was a definite purpose in this walking, viz, to make me used to being on my feet nearly all the time though at a much later date I decided it might have been better to run, for running was my job not walking. (Newton, 1947, p. 64)

Ultimately he concluded, “The average young man would be better off if he left long walks until later on in life when strenuous exercise won’t have so great an appeal” (Newton, 1949, p. 56).

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