Today was a good day to walk. It was kind of cool this morning, so I waited until almost noon to leave the house. I am choosing to follow the doctor’s advice and do most of my walking on the track at the school down the street from my house for now. The roads around my house are all cambered, and walking on that slanted surface has been contributing to the problems with my hips and lower back.
So, I walked to the track, and then continued until I had walked a total of 2 miles. At that point, I stopped my timer, stretched and did some flexibility drills. I started the timer back up and continued around the track (total of 34 laps in lane 5). I had walked a total of a little over 9 miles, and then I headed home.
Today’s walk was very productive. I was trying to see if I could push myself to walk at a fairly fast sustained pace for longer than 5 or 6 miles without my knee starting to hurt, or just feeling crappy in general and needing to stop. The first 9 miles were completed in 1:55:40 with an average pace of 12:51 mpm and an average heart rate of 150 or approximately 78%. I walked the last 1.22 miles very slowly, just to cool down so that I could stretch when I got home.
I am still not sure how the 5k I signed up for this coming Sunday is going to work out for me. I am supposed to send my heart rate from the 2 mile mark in the 5k to Dave so he can give me a better estimate of what my maximum heart rate should be set to. I am just not sure I can get up enough speed on these legs to get my heart rate up very high. We shall see…