How they Train: Steve Lipe

Age  66

Did you compete in high school or collegiate cross country or track? No track events. I played Tennis on High School and College teams.

How many years have you been running? I’ve been competitively walking since 2010..I thank Kathy Thorpe and Sandy Russell for getting me involved in the PRA and race walking.

Lifetime personal records: Walking a 10:30 mile.

Running Achievements for which you are Most Proud: I’ve done three ½ Marathons in under 3 hours(walking). Silver and Bronze medals in the 2016 Florida Senior Games. I have done over 70 competitive races and have placed in every one.

How Many Miles Do you typically run when not injured and consistently running? When I am training I strive for 25-30 miles per 5 day week.

What does your typical week of running look like? 
  • Monday: 4-6 miles
  • Tuesday: 4-6 miles
  • Wednesday: 4-6 miles
  • Thursday: 4-6 miles
  • Friday: 2 miles if I have a Saturday race, otherwise 4-6 miles
  • Saturday: Either race or rest
  • Sunday: rest
How does your training vary over the course of a year? Training varies over year, the more aggressive training is usually Sept thru May, less in the hotter months.

Do you take recovery or down time? If I do a Saturday race I will rest/recover for 2 days, then usually do 2-3 miles for rest of week.

What injuries have hampered your training over the past year? Currently have fluid/inflammation on the left knee and elbow.

Do you stretch? calves, thighs, lower back, arms.

What are your favorite running routes? area around the house/neighborhood, flat surfaces and small hills.

What running resources do you like that would benefit someone else? There are no walking magazines per say but there is plenty of online information and instruction (videos). A lot of the training is similar to running but converted to walking, such as diet, fluid intake, shoes, clothing, etc.

What advice do you have for beginning or experienced runners to help them with their training? if you are beginning, follow a training course. There are charts/tables for walkers at every level for whatever amount of time (weeks), you want to commit. Don’t try to do it all at once. You will continue to get better if you stick with the training. Do more if you feel up to it, less if you are tired or sore. Your body will dictate your performance. “DON’T LOOK BACK. YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN THERE”