The list author says: "My passion for brisk walking began on April 22, 1995 when at the age of 41 I participated in my first road race, a 10K in New Orleans known as the Crescent City Classic. I had gone to the race with my Jazzercise class and found that I was faster than anyone in the class. This excited me and after receiving some information on future races, I began participating in earnest. Since that time I have completed sixty(60) 5 Ks, four (4) additional 10 Ks and twelve (12) half-marathons in the Hilton Head, Miami, New Orleans, Saint Simmons, Savannah, Seaside, Sunny Hills, and Virginia Beach areas.I also finished eighth (8th) female runner in a November 1995 eighteen (18) mile race in Sunny Hills, Florida. In 1996 I was awarded Racewalker of the Year Women 40-49 (First Runner Up) by the New Orleans Track Club. In March 1997 I left for Germany to work as a Department of Army civilian. There I participated often in non-competitive events known as volksmarches walking my first marathn in April of that year. Returning to the United States in January 2002 with my soldier husband, I resumed racing first in Miami and then September 2005 in the Savannah area after my husband's transfer to Fort Stewart. These are some of the books I have used in my efforts to increase speed and improve fitness."
"In addition to Chapter 6 Proper Walking and Running Form, particularly useful information was contained in Chapter 7 Warm-Up/Cool-Down and Flexibility Exercises, Chapter 8 Strength Training, Chapter 10 Training and Competition Nutrition for Runners and Walkers and Chapter 12, Racing Strategies."
"May be excellent for preparing runners but leaves something to be desired for the fast walker. Would not, therefore, necessarily recommend this book for the slow runner or walker whose primarily goal is to set a new PR rather than to win a race."
"This is a GREAT (home walking) exercise DVD to "pump" you up in preparing for a long race. When you just can't make it outside (or even if you can) it will motivate you to walk faster, jog even run with greater efficiiency in competitive races."
"Chapter 16 The Thrill of Victory:Walking an Event even has a section on volksmarching (noncompetitive walks up to 50K on trails and through communities, often in scenic and historic areas), something my husband and I loved (and now miss) while we were stationed in Germany.""