Melissa and I walked separately again today. I’m not sure how she did because she knows her performance will end up in this blog, but I’m sure she did well. She walks faster than anyone I know. She’s very difficult for me to keep up with, although my legs are longer. When we’re really in shape and competitive, I have to jog every now and then to keep up with her because she gets so far ahead of me. I just don’t have a very fast walking gait. 4.0 miles per hour is kind of the upper limit for me and I can’t sustain it for long.
My walk tonight was very good. I jogged a bit more and had the usual tightening about a mile or so into the 5K, but nothing so bad that I couldn’t get through it. Tonight’s stats for me were an average pace of 13:58 minutes per mile and a total time of 43:19. I’m quite happy with that. I’d be happy to stay at that pace for a while.
I think a good combination of stretching, lighter eating, and a focus on my pace helped me to get to this level faster than normal.
When you’re walking and jogging, focus on what you’re doing. Think about your pace. Think about how your feet land on the sidewalk, street, or track. Think about your breathing. Keep your head up so that you’re looking forward, because you’ll get more air that way. If you have your head bent over, looking at the ground, you won’t get as much oxygen.
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