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Music Quickened My Pace

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Took a good walk yesterday. I usually walk around 18-20 minute miles. Short-leg-syndrome. Ha! But I had decided to put on music, which I hadn’t been doing since early in the summer. I stumbled on the walking mix by SparkPeople. I decided yes, I needed some quick pace-setting music. So I took off. My “Map My Workout” App said I actually did a 15-minute mile the first mile! Wow—I was smokin’! I kept up the pace as best I could and the second mile was 15:30! Not bad. Then I hit a wall. I thought I must be out of shape to hit the wall so soon, because I know months ago when I used the CD I would get ¾ of the way through the track and then hit the wall. I was only half way this time. I didn’t get discouraged. I remember hearing someone else say that if you get over tired at a point in your workout, just ease up for a little while and then you may be able to pick up the pace again. I slowed down. The next mile was just about 16:30 minutes. Still not bad, but in slowing down I was sure I had backed down to 18 minutes. I ended with the last mile at 15 minutes per mile. So I was able to pick up the pace again. Whew, I really felt it, took a long while to cool down! I also feel it in my muscles this morning.

The average person might not think there’s a big difference between an 18-minute mile and a 15-minute mile. But when you are the one striving to increase your speed, it really is hard! But now I see the difference between walking with or without music, especially music with a strong quick beat. I’d heard people work out harder when listening to music. Now, I’m a believer!

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  • LARISSA238
    The other day I was hypomanic and did a 16 minute mile. Then the last time I walked/jogged I was at 19 minutes. Better than the 21 that I used to do. I'm working on my speed as well. I want to do a 5k in February, but I need to be quicker by then so I don't finish the race last.
    1651 days ago
  • _JODI404
    emoticon Congrats on enjoying your music & walking at a faster pace!

    It is not at all easy to pick up the pace like that. I like it when hubby walks with me, he is like a trainer, he walks a lot faster and that really pushes me to work hard to keep up. (These are walks for exercise. He wouldn't do that on a leisure walk!)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1652 days ago
    There is definitely a different in an 18 and a 15 minute mile! Great accomplishment! I'll have to check out the music mix.


    1652 days ago
    Congrats! That is awesome. I need to listen to fast paced music when I run or else I slow down. I actually made a fast paced play list for my MP3 player. Keep up the good work.
    1652 days ago

    There is a HUMUNGOUS difference between an 18 minute mile and a 15 minute mile!
    Your body sure will thank you for it. Yes, the right music can make all the difference!

    Rock on until "your body is a wonderland" !!

    Love, Ginger
    1652 days ago
    music makes the feet move better . you walk to the beat . picks up your sprits and make it fun . emoticon
    1652 days ago
    How nice! emoticon
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  • KANOE10
    What a good discovery! Good for you getting exercise and walking faster!!

    1652 days ago
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