What's The Difference Between Running And Walking?

11 June 2019, 13:09 | Updated: 11 June 2019, 13:10

Runners in the London Marathon
Runners in the London Marathon. Picture: PA

What is the technical difference between running and walking? Where does speed walking fall?

Mystery Hour Question

What's the actual difference between running and walking?
Name: Anthony, East Finchley

Answer

When you walk, you always have at least one foot in contact with the ground at all times.

When you're running however, there's a brief moment called the "flight phase" when both of your feet are off the ground.

Name: Kieron, Kent
Qualification: UK Athletics Running Coach

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