Last week I walked farther and faster than I had before! I’ve been training on a treadmill. When I’ve used the treadmill before, I could only get up to 3 miles/hour (4.8 km/hour*). If I went any faster, I’d get shin splints. Last week was my fourth week of training, and I got up to 3.2 miles/hour (5.15 km/hour) for five minutes at a time without shin splints! The day I did two five minute 3.2 miles/hour intervals, I really felt it after – more than I have after any other training day. It’s good to know I can reach this speed, but I’m definitely going to be careful about increasing how long I walk at that speed so I can avoid injuries and any prolonged break from training. If I slowly increase the amount of time I can walk at that speed while also gradually increasing the length of my weekend walks, I’ll be able to hit my goal of walking 10k in under 2 hours!
Training over this past weekend was bittersweet. It was the week I had planned to walk the 2k with our members and community partners for Ottawa Race Weekend, like I have for the past 2 years. With the shift to a virtual Ottawa Race Weekend, I walked on my own instead and I missed our epilepsy community. Then I thought of those who are training along with me in their own fitness challenges, Shaun Kehoe and the team from University of Ottawa’s Epilepsy Society. Knowing they’re out there doing the same thing, all of us working towards the same goal of supporting epilepsy services in our community was invigorating.
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*My treadmill only calculates distance in miles, so I’ve been converting back and forth.
This Week’s Goals
- Walk 30 minutes for 4 days and 90 minutes on the fifth day
- Continue interval training up to 3.2 miles an hour.
- 8.5 hours
- 37.48 km