I walked a half marathon back in 2006 and have decided to train for one in December again. I'm currently just at the stage of getting my body used to walking again and haven't done much time/distance yet.
The last time, I used a training program based on distance. Prior to the 13.1 mile half-marathon, I actually walked 14 miles, twice, on a hilly trail. The half-marathon was a slightly downhill course the entire way, which led to beat-up toenails! I walked it at a faster pace than I'd trained at because my DH decided to walk with me when my walking partner broke her toe prior to the race. Finishing time was 3:43, of which 10 whole minutes were spent in line at the portapotties (not nearly enough provided for the number of walkers!)
This time, I'm going to use a training program based on time
. Instead of walking x number of miles, it has one walk x number of minutes. This will work out really well with my gym membership and the treadmills there, although I plan to get my feet out on asphalt at least once a week within the last few months before the race.
My goal is to beat my previous time. I probably won't have my DH with me to push the pace, though, as I think he wants to run it.
Anyone else training to walk a half (or whole) marathon?