My wife and I are building up slowly to start w1r1 next monday. We have been doing a reduced amount of jogging but more walking for a week or so to build up to it.
One thing that is really clear is that I walk and jog whole lot faster than my wife for the same amount of effort. I want to walk alongside my wife as we do this together, but even with reducing my stride and increasing my step frequency I can't get my heart rate up during the walking periods. Jogging isn't so bad - mini steps do raise my heart rate nicely, but walking really doesn't and I end up having to kind of walk fast in circles around her which looks odd and isn't so good for the ankles I think.
Does anyone know of a way I can handicap myself or help me increase the effort I am making so that walking at my wife's brisk speed actually gives me some decent exercise? I'm thinking of holding weights maybe or something but I don't want to injure myself carrying something inappropriate for the jogging stages.
It should only be needed for a few weeks - my wife is slim while I am pretty big - so once we start reaching a reasonable level of fitness I know the situation will be reversed as her superior power-to-weight ratio will kick in!