the 2014 tulsa run was unusually hot for October, a different path than in past, much more hilly, rewarding, frustrating, tiring, and invigorating. job well done tulsa!!! i walked with 3 friends. we didnt specifically train for this event. (actually those who are trained runners might find walking uncomfortable. hence, specificity of training.) i walk often, and i should walk more because i can. we should all walk minimum of 5 miles a day because we can. we were made to walk. you dont really have to train to walk, just walk(but i do recommend stretching and i wouldn’t recommend heading out on 15K race without some previous, consistent, long distant walking). maybe your form isnt correct, maybe your arms are too tight, hands too clinched, gait to short, chest to tight, hams too tight, hips too locked, feet turned in or out with each step, inhaling through mouth instead of nose, holding head in front of body instead of over shoulders. whew, there is a lot to think about when executing proper walking mechanics. but one thing so cool about walking is you dont have to think about all those things (and there are more). you only need to walk, and to walk and to walk and to walk. over time consistent walking itself will strengthen your body in many ways that some things somewhat correct themselves.(http://newsatjama.jama.com/2014/06/12/taking-steps-to-curb-limitations-from-knee-arthritis/) the one thing WE need to do is discipline ourselves to walk more and more and more(two things, stretch). begin at your pace, and walk a little more each day. if you are motivated by goals set realistic goals. if not, then just walk.
tulsa did great job with this run. obviously there were lots of people running. im certain there were lots of runners curious, especially in the beginning of the race, with lots of people who were already walking(me and my friends). although, our walking pace was not a stroll and actually a pace some joggers were keeping up with we were not speed walkers as that would require extensive training. we, or i should type for myself, i am a walker. i love walking. i like that we have a mode of transportation that almost every human can do without much thought. my hope is that you and i would begin to intentionally walk more, causing our cities to add more sidewalks, or grassy paths, or something so walking can easily become more an accepted part of our daily lives without really having to think much about it.
events like the tulsa run are for anyone who wants to participate. if you are a runner its doable with commitment of training. if you are a walker its doable with commitment of walking. if you would like to train for either the 2015 tulsa run or to walk it i would be happy to work with you. its a great event in a great city. to end let me share another 2014 tulsa run difference and great dissappointment. at the end of the race there were no quick trip chocolate candy bars, and this year i was hoping for a bite of good, dark chocolate:)