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August 31, 2011 7:47 PM Subscribe
What should my speed goal be to walk
posted by not that girl to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Finally feeling better after a long illness, I started working out seven weeks ago. I have been pleased to find that I was not as completely out-of-shape as I thought, and I am now comfortably walking just under 3 miles three mornings a week, on a treadmill. The pace and resistance vary, but my top speed is about 3.1 miles per hour.
A friend who took up triathlons a couple of years ago with great success offered to walk a 5k with me, to give me a specific goal to shoot for. Since I am already able to do the distance, I need to think about setting a goal for time. I am not at all interested in running, and I have until spring to work on this. I'd like to have a more specific goal this fall and winter than just "get faster"--I'd like to have some point at which I can say, "Hey, I did it!" and bask in the feeling of accomplishment for a bit. I'd also like to not be the very last one across the finish line in this notional 5k I'll be walking next spring.
What should that goal be? What 5k time should I shoot for?
In case it matters: I'm 46, female, and generally in good health.