Let me start out this recap by setting the record that I have nothing against walkers during a race…. they are just as entitled to the course as the runners. Let me also say, though, that walkers need to learn some course etiquette. If you are a walker, start in the back. I don’t care if you think you are a fast walker… you should start in the back. As a matter of fact, in my opinion walkers should assume they are the only walker on the course, and thus feel obligated to be in the very back.
Did that happen last night? Far from it. I think the walkers of this race assumed everyone was walking and that they would all start in the front. Being the competitive person I am I was going for a PR last night (as I do every race). However, the fact that it took me 3 minutes to clear walkers in the first 0.2 mile really killed that chance. It wasn’t so much that they were going slow, it was that they were walking like a marching band.. side-by-side, in stride…taking up the entire width of the road.