Monthly Archives: August 2011

How the Altras Handled a Half

Too close to my most recent half marathon, I bought my first pair of zero-drop shoes made by Altra — the Intuition. In theory, I knew they would be light and flexible enough for racewalking. (The brochure says they are … Continue reading

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Parkersburg Half Marathon Review

I love the color! The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon is one of my favorite races! Not only are the race fees very reasonable, but the entire town gets behind the race. The volunteers and the people in the … Continue reading

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Great Idea! Saving Food for the Final Race Finishers

At the end of a long race, I want my bagel! It happens to us walkers all of the time. We get to the finish line of a runner-dominated race, and there is nothing left — no bagels, no water, … Continue reading

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The Week Before the Half

You gotta love a taper week! Yesterday we stepped down our training miles to only 8. (I just LOVE saying I walked ONLY 8 miles.) Yep, this is the official taper week before the Parkersburg Half Marathon! At 7 a.m. … Continue reading

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Best Hill Workout!

Yesterday, I decided to do a more intense hill workout than typical. The hills at Sharon Woods are my closest option, plus the park is pretty. The hills are within the firstĀ 2 miles of my usual starting point, but the … Continue reading

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Tapering to “Only” 10 Miles

This weekend’s 10-mile training walk was moved from Saturday to Sunday. Though Deb did 8 miles Saturday, she agreed to do 10 more with me on Sunday at Sharon Woods! Now that is a good training partner! (And part of … Continue reading

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Hills Again

Until after the Parkersburg Half Marathon, I have replaced speed workouts with hill workouts. Usually when I do hills with my walking friends, we do four repeats — up one hill, down the other side, then turnaround to go back … Continue reading

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