I went for a quick walk this morning, 2 miles to start my day with a paddle and a round of golf planned for later. It was indeed a quick walk – 2.34 miles, average pace 13:55 per mile, 4,400 steps and 279 calorie burn. I don’t often average below 14 minutes per mile but this morning I found my pace and moved quickly down the trail. It felt really good!
I use map my walk to coach me on the trail and keep track of my walks. I have a fitbit and in the past had a garmin to track my daily activity. My cell phone has a health app and will track my steps all day long if it’s in my pocket. I wear a watch so I can track minutes if nothing else. So I’m counting all day long.
But my walk doesn’t really count if I’m not working my poles and challenging myself to keep a pace and pressure on the poles. I know I can walk forever at 15 minutes per mile so I need to increase my pace if I want to get my heart rate up. I know I can take it easy on the poles but to increase the workout and the upper body strength I need to apply maximum pressure and follow through on my poles. When I reach that goal I find my “runner’s high” and the miles fly by!
How do you count your walk? Do you work your poles or just take them for a walk? If you’ve been walking with poles it’s time to put the pressure on and make that walk count!
I have some Beyond the Basics clinics coming up, designed for the experienced Nordic walker who wants to take the next step and learn to really work those poles. Join me!