As part of my training for the Seattle Marathon Walk, I did the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Walk on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Marymoor Park near Redmond. I enjoyed the event and felt good about how it went — I ran about three-tenths of a mile or so, including the last stretch to the finish line, which helped my time.
I didn’t actually get what my time was until about three days later, do to a misplaced bib tag on their end. Though I felt good about my race, as I said, I was rather surprised when I learned my time was a PR for me for walking a 5K. My previous best was 45:51 (14:46 per mile pace) in 2010, well before my surgery; this was during a period when my ankle was starting to deteriorate and my physical therapist said not to do any running. I was in better running shape then and walked that race as fast as I could without running.
In last Sunday’s race, as I said, I did run a bit. My time was 45:08.01 (14:31 per mile pace). Though I ran a bit, this 5K included a small, colon-themed obstacle course that included ropes to climb through, bales of hay to climb over, and tires to run around (lame, I felt). The obstacle course slowed me down enough to perhaps cancel out the running.
Anyway, I feel my training is coming along, and today (Nov. 11), I did my last long walk before the marathon — a walk/run on the Sammamish River Trail. The marathon is two weeks from now, and next Sunday I am doing the Green Lake Gobble 10K Walk in Seattle as my final tune-up.
My longest walks for this marathon training cycle totaled 16, 12, and today’s 13.5 miles. I wanted to work in a 20-miler, but neither time nor weather would allow it. I walk between a mile and 1.5 miles every day, and have done a handful of other 6-8 mile walks, so I am confident I will be ready. My only goal is to finish what will be my 21st marathon, even if it takes me nine hours!
About today’s training walk: I tried out my brand-new pair of Asics from Finish Line at Bellevue Square. Thanks, Roderick (salesman), for recommending the arches as add-ons! The new shoes made running on my bad ankle much easier and less fearful. I ended up running about five of the 13.5 miles, though my running is, well, slow. But it felt good and kept me warmer in what turned out to be a pretty cold, wet, yucky day. It’s actually the most I’ve run in one day since before my surgery last fall.
Three weeks from now, it could be a really yucky day! Hope not. But I will get through it.
Thanks for reading. Till next time.