In 2007, she won the women’s division of the Marathon Distance Nordic Walking World Championship in Portland, Ore. "By the way, I came in second overall, only four minutes behind the men’s winner, an Olympic racewalker who competed in the 2008 Olympics. How cool is that?."
Once you get the hang of it, you can cruise along and even achieve a similar intensity as running but with less perceived exertion. In other words, even though a heart rate monitor will tell you that you’re working hard, it doesn’t always feel like it. The reason? Instead of using only two limbs, you’re distributing the workload between four limbs, which explains why we Nordic Walkers don’t feel as beat up after doing an intense workout (or even a half or full marathon) as we would if we were running.
Read Karen's full article about the benefits of Nordic Walking here