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Walking isn't a "failure to run"
21-Jan-2014 03:06:44 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

I hurt. Everywhere from my hips down... glutes, hammies, tendons, even the tops of my feet! The 22km walk I did on Sunday has returned to haunt me. Wow. I had no idea. After cringing every time I got up from my desk at the office today I came to the realization that since I started running four years ago, I've subconsciously considered walking as a "failure to run". Boy was I wrong.... Try maintaining a 16-17 minute mile pace for 3+ hours, and you'll see what I mean. It's a no-brainer that you use the same muscles as running... except you don't! You use them so differently, and your body will ever-so-rudely point that out to you 48 hours later. My eyes have been opened. Walking is it's own sport. So I'm going to try and think of it that way from now on, and I"m going to think of it as building my walking endurance IN ADDITION TO my running endurance.... not just thinking of walking as the nasty part of heart rate training for endurance running, but truly a skill and sport in it's own right.
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Lived in Malawi, Kenya, Botswana, US and UK.
Education in Public Health: Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology

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