I am fascinated with people who struggle with running and think it is shameful too walk. Better yet, it is probably the same people I pass in a race and I am walking. Granted, I am a pretty efficient walker and I am as fast as most joggers. But, why is walking so shameful to these people.
Why don’t I run? I do not run because I am very uncomfortable doing it. The ground pounding that my body endures while running is just too hard on me. Yes, if I worked at it, I might become efficient at it. As a matter of fact, I was thinking about mixing jogging into my training but I started having asthma symptoms. So, I could barely walk down the street, let alone jog or run. Now days, with trying to get my health stable, I am going to stick to what I am comfortable with, fitness walking (a step below race walking).
I suppose there is a bit of a love affair with crossing the finish line having run the whole way. When I compete in my first marathon in 7 weeks, I am sure that there will be a lot who will do just that. I say good for them, congrats! However, I am not going to be one of these people. Yes, I would like too, who wouldn’t.
I guess what frustrates me is the fact that walking these big races is actually frowned upon. Very rarely does someone blurt this fact out, but I can see it on runners’ faces when I tell them I walk big races. I guess it is because that is what you are supposed to do in big races, run.
Anyway, lately I have become an advocate of walking. Heck, I do not care what some of these runners think of me walking. Yeah, I could start running, but I would rather be ornery and get my finishing medal walking the course. I sure wish some runners would stop looking down at walkers.
You know, I have been on many walker blogs and some of them can barely walk but somehow they make it to the finish line of marathons, which I think is awesome. Not everyone can be a runner. I applaud these people who have chronic illnesses for the intestinal fortitude they exhibit by training and participating in races.
All I can say is, if you are uncomfortable running, start researching race walking or fitness walking. There is a lot less wear and tear on the body. And for me, I can manage my asthma a little better also. Hey, anybody that finishes a 13.1 or 26.2 race, even if dead last. That is a major accomplishment and I solute you.
By the way Nay Sayers, why don’t you walk a half marathon at an average pace of 13:33 minute mile and then ask me if I was lollygagging, because that is what I did in my first half marathon.