Monday, September 12, 2016
What I Learned About Race Walking Will Surprise You.
I'm going WAY back to marathon weekend for this post. Do you remember when I said that after the race the roof of my mouth hurt and that I couldn't swallow?
Well that feeling continued into that evening too and it made it difficult for me to thinking about eating a big meal. After looking over a few menus we decided on going to Wolf Gang Puck because they had Butternut Squash Soup and Mashed Potatoes!
As you can imagine there was quite a crowd there that evening. As we were waiting in line we met two sisters ( I think they were from Ohio) who also did the marathon. The one sister had the same mouth problem as I did. We thought that was weird. Anyway, because space was limited in Wolfgang Puck they invited my sister and I to sit with them.
Okay, so this is where the story becomes interesting. We learned that these sister are Race Walkers! They finished the Disney World Marathon in 5:35! That's not bad for a runner let alone a WALKER. And guess what? That's not even their PR. I believe they said their PR for Race Walking was 5:05. Now that's crazy isn't it?
I became intrigued with this whole race walking thing. I am normally a fast walker anyway so I thought this could be something I could work on during the Spring/Summer. I tried to do some research on the topic to get some tips but I couldn't find much at all.
I started walking at the park and just moving my arms and picking up the pace. I could get my pace to a 14-ish mile per minute with ALL walking. I guess I would be okay to do a Disney race since the minimum mile per minute is 16. But could I hold that pace for an entire marathon? NO WAY!!! Race walking is hard and and it put a lot of strain on my ankles. Obviously I was doing something wrong.
Then I came across this video .
Yes, this is a Holderness family video (You know how I love the Holderness family) so it is a bit funny but Penn is actually getting tips from a legit coach. Can you believe the record for race walking is 5:38 per mile?
So if you watched the video you would find that the key is the "swagger". I haven't tried the race walking since I watched this video but I did incorporate a little bit of this "swagger" during my last run for a little bit and to be honest it actually made my running feel better. Maybe there is something to that! -M
So what are your thoughts on the Race Walking? Do you have a little swagger in your run?
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.