I'm not sure who you were actually describing in the days leading up to your first marathon training session, but the woman I had been lead to believe would probably walk too slow for a speed demon like me kept actually kept pace with me, side by side, each and every step of the near 5 km we walked!
Oh, by the way - that woman is YOU, and yes... each
and every one of my "seriously - are you kidding me?" was well
In addition to being a much faster walker then perhaps you thought you
were, you walk incredibly tall (no need for me to snap a ruler with this
one... and you've already got the whole "walk with your hands, not
your legs" thing figured out.
So, guess it will be me tagging along with you, huh?
Given that we took more than a minute off our return walk, I suggest we
continue to set new time goals each walk. To build on our cardio,
eventually we will add some gentle hills for a challenge (and to build
our endurance) and can opt for water walking sessions to compensate for
the change in weather as winter approaches. But no matter what we do,
the most important thing will always be... stay in motion, every day of
Later this week? A full 5K - five minute break at the half way mark,
then we will take a minimum 1 minute off our return walk. We'll mix
things up a bit by trying a water walk - a slow 2K jog in the shallow
end of the pool. To build on your training, you'll keep walking on your
own each day (remember to take screen shots on your phone tracking your
progress!) and if they are nice, you might even let Mark and the kids
join you for a walk sometime, too.
Were you kidding me... or kidding yourself? You're a natural walker,
Andrea, and if your first training session was any indication, your
first half marathon is going to be your last. After that, you're going
to be "full marathon or nothing"!