On average, I walk around 30 miles a week now, but sometimes I walk more than that in just one weekend. I typically do my longest walks on Saturday, anywhere from three to seven hours, and slightly shorter walks on Sunday. And then I try to get in at least two shorter walks during the week, about one or two hours at a time.
I had to slow down for a couple of weeks after I fell down the stairs. I could walk only an hour at a time, and I was only able to walk a little over two miles an hour, when previously I could walk up to four miles an hour. That was frustrating, and rather painful but not unbearable.
Saturday before last was my first long walk after the injury, and I was ecstatic to be able to complete the 18 miles with a large group of 3-Day participants. It was both easier and harder than I expected: easier because my sore hip did not bother me at all (though I did take Advil, and I did have to walk at a relatively slow pace); harder because my feet go SO sore on my second lap around White Rock Lake. What surprised me the most was how utterly drained I was after walking 6.5 hours. I had to slap my cheeks repeatedly on the one-hour drive home to keep myself awake. And when I got home, I collapsed in an easy chair for a two-hour nap. After that, I was STILL tired. In fact, I was exhausted for three days!
Waking up early the next morning and slipping into my Five Finger shoes for another 10 miles took all the discipline I could muster. My calves were tight, my feet still hurt, and I felt like I'd been rudely awakened in the middle of the night even though it was 7:00, two hours later than I'd risen the previous morning. But I drug myself out of bed and walked 7 miles, which was all I had time for before church. My feet had felt bruised, but walking actually seemed to loosen them up. Same thing with my leg muscles.
I've got another 18-mile walk scheduled this Saturday, followed by 15 miles on Sunday. That will be the peak of my training. After that it will wind down in preparation for the event--walking 60 miles in three days.
I should also share that I have exceeded the minimum fundraising amount for the walk, for a total of $2432.79. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations, your prayers, and your support. And thank you to God for blessing my recent garage sale fundraiser not only beyond what I expected, but beyond the beyond.
I can't wait to share the story of my 3-Day adventure. In the meantime, here are a few tidbits about my training so far....
Here are pictures of some of my training buddies over the last seven months. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
(For a Couple Blocks Some Nights, If I Sweet Talk Him)
|Sister Melody, Me, Aunt Sue, Sister Amy, Sue's Dog Miley, Allyson|
|Elizabeth and Daughter Abigail|
|Gentle, My 3-Day Partner|
|Ethan, If I Beg|
|Lori with Daughter Abigail (Now age 4)|
Abigail always says, "Are we walking with Sar-wah today?"
|Pamela, the Girl Who Saw the Angel When She Was Sick with Appendicitis|
|Allyson and Me at a Charity Walk, Two Weeks After My Injury|
I walked so slowly we were almost dead last. Even a barefooted toddler passed us up.
|Sweet Laura, Of Course |
Man, I Miss That Grin