I’ve been working on my speed and endurance for power walking the Walk the Walk half marathon in London next May. Yesterday I made it 2 miles at a 12% incline. Boy was I sweating! But did I stop there? Hell no! I cranked it down to flat and RAN for 2 minutes at 8 miles per hour. That’s EIGHT miles per hour. That’s a 7.5 minute mile. (IF I could keep it up for 7.5 minutes! Someday!)
Today I’m going for distance and trying for 4 miles in one hour. Tomorrow is my day off, but this weekend I am going to try a 6+ mile walk and see how my endurance and speed are coming along. Had to add for the newbies: this time last year is when I started working towards walking 5k (3.2 miles) and it took me about 3 months to be able to walk it in under an hour. You can start anywhere and make progress, if you just keep going and pushing yourself VERY GENTLY. (Always check with your doctor, blah blah blah)
Update: I did it! But it took me 62 minutes to do the 4 miles. I forgot to figure in the 5 minute warmup at a slower speed. Math is just not my strong point!