Whether your pace is 7 minutes per mile or 14 minutes per mile, the distance is exactly the same.
Walkers are athletes. We train just like runners, from tempo and interval workouts, to long slow days and cross training. We have recovery days and rest days. We train using our heart rate monitors. We learn optimal hydration and fuel to walk our best race possible. We test our limits. We put in training miles in every season. We are careful to factor in wind chill and humidity. We monitor road conditions. We have alternative plans for inclement weather. We think. We plan. We prepare to walk the best race we can. We are athletes and we compete.
The competition? Ourselves. The only person we compete with is the person looking back at us in the mirror. Whether our goal is a PR (personal best), furthest distance, come back from an injury, walking in a new city, or completing a certain number of races in a year. The only person we compete with is ourselves.
UPCOMING RACES & EVENTS
April 15 - Ohio Health Cap City Half and Quarter
April 27 - Ohio Health Cap City Half and Quarter
Sept 15 - New Albany Walking Classic
October 12 - Cincinnati Queen Bee
Nov 3 - TCS New York City Marathon
Results of recent races are posted here.
Inspire your fellow walkers. What's next on your race schedule? Let us know and we'll post it here. Also, email us your training and race experiences--the good, the bad and the ugly--and we'll post them under IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
NEW TO RACING? Or want to train to achieve a PR? Obtain a customized training schedule for your next race. Send us an email with "Training Schedule" in the subject line.
You can do it! Ever been in a race? Ever toed that starting line? It can be nerve-racking. It can be exilerating. It may be cold. It may be really early in the morning. You may want to pee. But, you are there among competitors who are going through all the same feelings and anxieties that you are going through. It is all you. Unlike other sports, you didn’t have help – you walked EVERY single training mile. You got out of bed when you didn’t feel like it. You laced up those shoes. You got after it. It was all you that brought you to this day.
And, you can look around. You may see1,000 people. It could be a sea of 10,000 people or more. If there are 10,000 people toeing the starting line, there are 10,000 stories at that start line. Everyone has a story, a different story, to get them there that day. Some may share your goals, and some may have gone through some extraordinary efforts to make it. This is really a celebration of the 10,000 people you share the start line with. And, you may share it with the elite or Olympic athlete. Where else is there a sport where you, the average athlete, share the same event with an elite athlete. We are athletes. We are competitors.