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Discussion: Try walking

in: chitownclark; chitownclark > 2018-05-15

May 15, 2018 11:51 PM # 
Pretty sure you can go faster. Probably shave a good 10 min off your 5k time.
May 16, 2018 12:30 AM # 
matzah ball:
But none of this happens when you row?
May 16, 2018 12:45 AM # 
Running, for me, and I expect for Clark, has gotten to be a relatively unnatural activity. Lots of stress to various body parts that don't have the right strength/flexibility/resilience because of age, injury, compensation, etc. Rowing, walking or cycling are much easier on the aging body. At least so far. I can still run some, but I have to put my mind to it. Not that long ago it just seemed natural. Oddly enough, running fast is easier than running slowly. Of course I can't keep it up for very long.

Anyway, I am finding my running and walking paces converging, and I have a feeling that Clark's may already have overlapped. Walking is great exercise, and if you do it with purpose, you can still go pretty fast and get a good sweaty workout.
May 16, 2018 8:43 PM # 
Well not yet 'unnatural.' But certainly more labored than in the past. My 'running' these days can, at most, be described as a slow trot. And yes, walking and running pace have converged. I probably could move faster by just walking. Walking fat women regularly pass me. i think PG once described the short steps his running buddy took as 'Wagon steps.' I think I now know what he meant. :-)

When you live in the Big City without a car, walking just is part of the territory. I walk a mile or two every day, just going to the coffee house at 5am, the supermarket, the L train station, around the property, etc. Not to mention a dozen or so flights of stairs, and biking over to the hardware store, rental agency, etc. None of which I log.

Well I have another 5k on Saturday up in Northbrook. Going to rent a car to get there. And hope all this last-minute training has not been in vain.
May 16, 2018 11:20 PM # 
I'd just be surprised if you can't walk 15 minute miles without undue effort.
May 21, 2018 2:49 PM # 
Clark has a long walking stride that’s faster than most. I can’t believe that he can’t walk 15 minute miles. Can’t let those ladies walking pass him up while he is walking.

Should of told me about that 5k up north and I would of met you.

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