walk. don’t run.

I am not a natural athlete, so it came as a bit of a surprise (not least to myself) when I started running two and a half years ago.

As with most of my fads hobbies I go through phases of being motivated and not. Currently I am trying to get off my arse myself motivated to run again after MONTHS of snow. Stupid weather.

Anyhoo, on Tuesday I went for a run for the first time in about 5 weeks. I’m kind of following a training plan so my “run” involved walking a bit. For real.

In 28 minutes I covered 1.89 miles at an average pace of 13:52 minutes/mile.

Not bad considering I haven’t run for 5 weeks and it was only just above freezing.

But then…

Today I walked from my dad’s to my mum’s house. Out of interest I put on my GPS app as I set off. It is exactly 0.88 miles and involves a mahoosive hill at the end. I walked relatively fast, bearing in mind I had no M’s accompanying me so I could. It took me 14:44 minutes, which apparently means my average speed was 16:49 minutes/mile.

That means I walk a mile only three minutes slower than I run it.


I ran* the Great North Run last year in 2 hours 43 minutes. This year I will be doing the Birmingham half marathon. If I walk it, based on today’s evidence, I could do it in 3 hours and 36 minutes.

This all means that I either need to:

  • do nothing. 3 hours 36 is a perfectly acceptable time to do a half marathon in when you are my age.


  • get my arse in actual proper gear and set myself the challenge of running considerably faster than I walk.



*OK, I walked a teeny tiny bit, but mostly I ran. Honest.

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