By Margaret Rorrio
Do you think that running and walking are different things – that you have nothing to contribute to the Glastonbury River Walkers?
No! The only difference is that a walker has one foot on the ground at all times. Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Runners run slow, fast, faster, lightning fast… Walkers walk slow, fast, faster, lightning fast. Just the same! New walkers deserve the same respect as new 5Kers. And many of our walkers are runners with injuries, aches and pains…so, just like runners, but more sensible.
What can you offer?
So what can an experienced runner offer a walker? The same advice and guidance you give a new runner. Our goal is a half marathon in June and the Hartford full marathon in October. We will be out there on Saturdays walking anything from 10 to 20 miles.
We need road support – like water stations – and guidance from others that have completed a full or half marathon. We need advice on nutrition, injuries, blisters, hydration, motivation…
We are following the same program that a runner would use. We are working just as hard as a runner.
Please join us on Saturday mornings at 8am at Riverfront Park or Tuesday evenings at 6pm at Glastonbury High School. Come and see for yourself. You, as a runner, can encourage and guide a walker with your experience and stories of how you got started and how you stay motivated.
These Rockin’ Walkers are not stopping at a 5K. We ain’t stopping until we hit 26.2 or bust. Remember when you were a couch potato? What got you moving? And who helped you along the way? Share your story with a walker!
Download the training schedule (Walkers training plan – Excel) to see how far the group are walking each session. Then email Margaret Rorrio with your availability on firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to have you.