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    10K runs are very popular and being 60 I do not think I could run one.
    But I do think I could walk 10K.

    I walk my dog in the woods about 1-2 miles 3-4 times a week.
    Last month I walked about 3.6 miles (5.8 K) in a little more then an hour.
    So I am confident that I could walk 10K.

    Do you think you can walk a 10K?

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    Yes, but my hip would be killing me by the end of it.

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    Glad to say, I could do it easily. The older I get, the more I realize that my parents blessed me with good genes. Out of 5 kids, my only sibling with health problems is my brother. His problems all came from outside influences. Agent Orange and a career as a motorcycle cop have beat him up pretty badly.
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    Walked seven miles in Rochester yesterday.
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    Just did an eight-mile hike with backpacks. Nearly died, however.

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    I finally joined a gym and I'm trying to rebuild the old carcass. So, no, but I hope to in the future.

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    I don't think age is major problem for running 10K. With age, it takes longer to get in shape after a lazy period and it's easy to be too enthusiastic with injuries as the consequence. My experience is that age makes it easier to ingore the signals my body sends, which increases the risk for injuries. During the first couple of kilometers when I'm running, my body desperately signals that it's time to stop, walk back and have a beer or three. Those signals have to be ignored, but the relevant signals need to be heeded.

    Back to the question. No problem to walk 10K. More taxing to run 10K, it'll take me an hour and I admit to walk for short stretches when my body complains too much. I'm only 58 though.

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    I am about 45 minute 10k right now. I generally run further than that though.

    True, I am not old old, but I have suffered a severe spinal injury that left its mark. I lurch a bit, which really makes me a sight.

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    I could definitely walk it, but I better not have anything scheduled for at least 3 days afterward...

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    Quote Originally Posted by genglandoh View Post
    10K runs are very popular and being 60 I do not think I could run one.
    But I do think I could walk 10K.

    I walk my dog in the woods about 1-2 miles 3-4 times a week.
    Last month I walked about 3.6 miles (5.8 K) in a little more then an hour.
    So I am confident that I could walk 10K.

    Do you think you can walk a 10K?
    Approaching 70 way too soon. I find 6 miles is a nice easy 6 hour hike with a pack. I guess 2 hours on roads/sidewalks. Running is a good skill in bear country.
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    Used be able to but, no longer. The old "ticker" doesn't like me very much. 30 yrs ago, probably. If I can bike 100+ miles with 70 lbs of gear in Scotland, I could have done 10k in my sleep. Maybe 5k walking today. Folks, don't get old! Or at least, do so on your own time.
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    I regularly walk more than 10K every day.

    And running is only a good skill in bear country if what you're doing doesn't involve any wild bears.
    I'll just take my chances with those salt water joys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Intrepid View Post
    I regularly walk more than 10K every day.

    And running is only a good skill in bear country if what you're doing doesn't involve any wild bears.
    The last thing I'd do is try to run faster than a bear. They are blind as a bat and chase shadow, moving targets, and They would catch you.

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    10km ? Yes, easily. Every day of the week.
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    Easily.
    10 miles easily, too. Though since we have moved to flatland, now the hills are a killer.
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    I used to jog 10K every morning before going to office. Stopped just after I turned 50 when my time started to slip. Pretty sure I could walk 10K still as long as arthritis doesn't kick up. I am 13Lb lighter than I was jogging so that has to help.

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    I walk 4.5 miles every other day ( approx. 13pounds in a day pack)... when back packing I do 10mile on average
    daily ( with around 35pounds in a larger pack). if I get out on the "big trip" in Aug., it'll be for 150miles.... So yes, no problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Intrepid View Post
    And running is only a good skill in bear country if what you're doing doesn't involve any wild bears.
    Quote Originally Posted by S.V. Airlie View Post
    The last thing I'd do is try to run faster than a bear. They are blind as a bat and chase shadow, moving targets, and They would catch you.
    Most people use bear spray first.

    I don't need to be faster than a bear. Just faster than those I am hiking near.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    Most people use bear spray first.

    I don't need to be faster than a bear. Just faster than those I am hiking near.
    Possibly meant as a joke, but it rings true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genglandoh View Post
    10K runs are very popular and being 60 I do not think I could run one.
    But I do think I could walk 10K.

    I walk my dog in the woods about 1-2 miles 3-4 times a week.
    Last month I walked about 3.6 miles (5.8 K) in a little more then an hour.
    So I am confident that I could walk 10K.

    Do you think you can walk a 10K?
    Your level of fitness would best be tested by measuring off a valid 2 mile course (modern cars odometers are fairly accurate) and then timing yourself over the course at an ever increasing pace over about three weeks. If you can get down to 16 minutes per mile add a mile. Personally, I wouldn't try to walk 10K unless I could walk 4 training miles without straining myself. A 10K race course is measured and timed so your training route and your timing should both be as accurate as you can get them. You want to be as confident as you can that you can get thru most of the distance.
    When I was about 47 my best 10K was 42:50.
    When I was 70 I ran the CVS 10K in 1:04 and change.
    Today I can walk 2 miles in about 33 minutes if I do at least 4 speed walks a week for about 4 weeks.
    God luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynard38 View Post
    Walked seven miles in Rochester yesterday.
    Which Rochester? And are you still there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    Which Rochester? And are you still there?
    NY, and no I'm home now.
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    wrt the OP: with out a doubt.

    Not a single molecule of me has any desire to fwiw...

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    I'm 60, I had a stroke last November (Hint: if your doctor says you need to be on blood pressure meds, you might want to listen...). Just went on a trek in Peru to over 15,000 feet, it was pretty hard but I didn't collapse. I wasn't the fastest trekker but not the slowest either. Some people half my age had to ride horses for part of it. I was feeling pretty smug until I remembered I was hiking with a friend who had just completed Chemo and she was ahead of me!
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    This 21 year old did what he had to do to get saved.

    Title: Australian man 'walks 100km' through outback after crash
    A tradesman who crashed his car in the Australian outback has survived after walking more than 100km (62 miles) in search of help, authorities say.
    Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41144130

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    No issue at all, though it's better when I'm wearing decent shoes or sandals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Possibly meant as a joke, but it rings true.
    Yes, as it joke it comes in many variations.

    I have just come to realize that it is not my ability to walk that limits me. It is the ability of my wife or kids that limits me. We will be vacationing in Colorado in a couple weeks. I think I will cut down on the hiking distances. The last day can be longer as my wife will fly home. But the other days need to be shorter - or at least broken up into segments.


    Like the guy who walked 100km in post #25 you walk as far as you need to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    No issue at all, though it's better when I'm wearing decent shoes or sandals.
    Ahhh! Blisters!

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    Yeah, well not all of us have gone barefoot for years, Rob. . Mostly, I like a little bit of spring under my heels or things are more sore 2 days later. While blisters suck too, decent socks help save them off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Yeah, well not all of us have gone barefoot for years, Rob. . Mostly, I like a little bit of spring under my heels or things are more sore 2 days later. While blisters suck too, decent socks help save them off.
    Haha. This weekend, I was acting as emissary for the team, running waters and what not back and forth to the girls, hustling messages back and forth, etc.
    I used my best American trot (arms low, knees low, slight lurching bob, useful for chugging up a hill carrying a bow in one hand and arrows in the other, and very different from the African style of running upright and in tight, as it were), and probably covered 5-6 miles each day, in 108-9f (42-3) temps, barefooted, of course.

    One parent expressed fear of me when I returned from a trip and casually pulled a dozen goathead thorns out of my feet.


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    P.S. I do have a few sets of sandals I run in. If it's freezing cold and there is ice on the ground, I use sandals. Ice will cut you UP! Ouch, ooch, eech!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    P.S. I do have a few sets of sandals I run in. If it's freezing cold and there is ice on the ground, I use sandals. Ice will cut you UP! Ouch, ooch, eech!
    yeah, that's it, that's my excuse for wearing shoes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    yeah, that's it, that's my excuse for wearing shoes
    You know what's hilarious? I have sandals and boots. Really. Literal string and leather, or full blown boots (cowboy, motorcycle, rubber, etc...)

    And one pair of 30 year old wingtips that are blindingly shiny, because they stay polished and in the closet.

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    A couple of years ago I was Marshalling a section of the K2B Walk. That involved walking up and down our section for about 8 hours. That must be way over 10K at a gentle amble.
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    Robert, you're legendary.

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    Yes. I have walked 10K and more several times this year, and I have had major heart and lung surgery in recent years.
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