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Walking the distance: marathons and half marathons for walkers


If you’re a walker, you may have considered signing up for local a 5K or 10K to keep your motivation going. But did you know that many more walkers are choosing to take part in longer distance events? It’s true! In a recent poll, 70 percent of walkers surveyed stated a desire to train for and participate in a marathon or distance walking event. 18 percent of those polled have previously walked in a marathon.”

Now, I won’t lie. Walking, say, a full 26.2 mile race has stirred up some controversy in the past — especially with the purist running crowd. If any of you read this 2009 piece “Plodders have a place, but is it in a marathon?” from the New York Times, you remember what I mean here.

I, however, subscribe to the “any movement is good movement” philosophy. And if walking a distance event appeals to you? Go for it! I think 2014 might just be your year. Before you sign up for a race, make sure you’ve been regularly walking up to at least 6 miles at a time for the past 3-6 months. It’s always a good idea to let your doctor know if you planning to engage in a new, more rigorous routine.

Here are some walking plans/etc. to get you across the finish line.

Half Marathon


Have your walked a half or full marathon? What was your experience? Would you do it again? Or maybe it’s on your resolution list this year. We’d love to hear about your walking goals!

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