The recent problems that I’ve been having with breath stacking has forced me to back off from my tendency to turn slow walks into fast walks. I’m not blaming these bouts of air trapping on racewalking, but the extra exertion required to racewalk certainly adds to the problem. Even on a day when I’m breathing great,racewalking takes a lot of me.
I’ve also come to the realization , that if I want to on finish my first full marathon , that I’m going to have to walk it slowly. If I go fast , I risk developing some of the same breathing problems that I’m dealing with now .
Walking a 26 miler is a whole nuther ball game. We’re talking about walking 6 to 7 hours non-stop! … not a measly 3 hours. I can see now , that for the most part, racewalking is going to be a no-no . Maintaining a moderately slow and steady pace for the entire distance is the only way that I’m going to be able to finish that race. I have to resist all temptation to racewalk ( except for maybe the last mile ). For the next couple of months, even if my lungs are in top shape, I need to put the brakes on my racewalking and focus strictly on endurance. I’ve been so preoccupied with trying to break the 3 hour barrier for this upcoming half marathon, that I’ve kind of lost sight of my bigger goal.