Inspired by some ideas which I had read long ago from Coach Neil Cook, I decided to mix it up a bit for several walking laps.
I walked normally around the curves (so as not to tweak my touchy knees), and on the straightaways I did all sorts of 100-yard sets of stuff like:
- Giant steps
- Sideways steps (50 yards left. 50 yards right)
- Grapevine (50 yards left, 50 yards right)
- Knee-high marching
- Butt kicks
- Wide steps
- Backwards walking
It ended up being quite a good workout! I woke up several long-forgotten muscles, mostly those lateral ones that don't get a lot of attention in straight-line running and cycling. It certainly elicited some strange stares from the nearby tennis players and construction workers, but I didn't care.
My butt is already incredibly sore, and I hold Neil Cook responsible.