Kristen and Laurie were both keen runners until the years and injuries took their toll and made running not so much fun anymore. They were both struggling to find an activity that they enjoyed and gave them the same benefits as running.
Laurie initially resisted attempts to get him to try out Nordic Walking, but he eventually gave in, learnt the correct technique and hasn’t looked back.
“I simply couldn’t run any more due bad knees and back and wasn’t able to find a form of exercise that I enjoyed and gave me the intensity of workout and buzz that running outdoors gave…. that’s until I learnt to Nordic Walk: it ticks all the boxes – it’s convenient – you can do it anywhere that you like to walk, you can adapt the technique and intensity to suit your workout goals, and you are outdoors. Best of all I haven’t experienced any of the injuries that I was getting with running.”
Kristen and Laurie competed (Nordic Race Walked) in the Canberra Running Festival on 15th April 2018 for the second year in a row. In 2017 they did the 10km clocking 1 hour and 22 minutes with a pace of 7.54 per km. In 2018 they stepped it up (literally) and did the half marathon achieving their goal less than 3 hours – ahead of a fair few runners.