Because I’m entered in the Emerald Across the Bay 12K March 20, I need to pick up my training distance a little. 12K is only 7.46 miles — I know I could walk that distance tomorrow, but I haven’t in a while.
I wasn’t able to walk with the Buckeye Striders on Saturday, so I did a 4-mile route on my own Sunday. Not in the mood to drive anywhere, I left from our house, walked to the library 1-mile, did two 1.2-mile loops at the park, then walked home. It was relatively warm, though gray, and it felt good to be out.
The thing I don’t like about walking this route is the traffic and traffic lights on the main street between my house and the library. Sometimes the cars can be loud, which is annoying, and if I hit the lights wrong, I end up standing at intersections longer than I would like. For example, heading to the library took over 17 min., but it took only 16 min. to return.
My goal was to make this a true long slow distance day. I didn’t walk very hard, keeping my heart rate below 140. The main purpose was just to finish the distance.
So, that said, I walked 4.4 miles in 1:07, which would have been a 15:13 pace if I didn’t have to wait at traffic lights. I’m happy with that. Speed workouts in the near future.