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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Medal Display Winner and Race Walking

Congrats to Teresa Millstone for winning the medal display from Running on the Wall

Last night I went to the University of KY to participate in a clinical research study on running, race walking, and walking. It's a study on how all of those affect the body differently. 
 They had a long runway set up, hooked me up to all kinds of electrodes and I did all 3 exercises while they monitored me. After doing that, I sat on a bench and they had me do different leg exercises to measure the strength of my legs.
I know, I know, the 80's called and wants their headband back.

I do have shorts on, they just turned them into short shorts, and my shirt into a belly shirt- that's why I've blacked it out!
The girl doing the test said this was the only test done like this in the world! She won't be finished with the study until July, so will send me the results then.
 I will definitely share them with you guys when I get them!

A little note about race walking; I had never done that before, until a couple days ago! Honestly, I didn't know exactly what it was until I looked it up. Once I saw it, I remembered seeing people race walking before. In fact, I remember when a race walker beat me at the Chicago marathon!!
It's definitely a very interesting looking sport! 
With race walking, you have to have one foot touching the ground at all times, and when your leg touches the ground, it needs to be perfectly straight. Some race walkers can do less than 7 minute miles. Walking.
 I race walked a few days ago, just to get the hang of it, and it takes some skillz!

Have you ever participated in a clinical study?

Ever race walked before?



  1. I saw some local friends did a race walking course... I would love to take that myself. Those race walkers zoom past me in races!!! Aint no playing!

    Cant wait to see your results from the testing!!!!

    1. They are way faster than me when I'm running! It's kinda crazy!

  2. Race walking with under 7 minute miles?! I QUIT!!!! Holy crap...

    Just kidding. That's awesome! And totally unfair! I'm going to Google it!

  3. I've seen videos of race walkers, and they look quite odd. I wonder how much strain is it on the body compared to running. You would think that the impact is less, but it looks so much harder on the muscles.

    1. They do look so odd. And it does seem like it would be harder on the muscles. I mean, why not just run? I don't understand...

  4. Cannot wait to get my medal display. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Those race walkers are really fast!

  5. The study looks like fun, will be interested to hear the results!! And no i've never race walked...they look so weird, it just seems awkward!

  6. Be sure to share the results of the study with us, your faithful readers. :) I have tried to walk fast but it really is hard. I have a lot of respect for those race walkers.

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