Sunday, June 24, 2012
I've been following my training program for the MS Challenge Walk pretty religiously, not missing a day to walk during the week - just maybe doing it on a Tuesday instead of Wednesday or something like that. Today we had a 10 mile walk to do. I waited for my sister to get home from spending the night at her friend's house about 50 miles away and she came over. I had mapped out a route and when I was trying to figure out where to go it was REALLY starting to seem like a LONGGGGGGG walk! What really seems like far away in town really ISN'T.
So she came over and we left at 2:41 p.m. Walked from my house, down the hill and around the river. My plan was to go partway around the river and go around another part of town, do a loop, come back and finish the rest of the river and then go up toward my sister's house and do a huge loop up there. But we decided to do 2 extra loops around the river instead of the loop up by her house and we estimated the distance coming home.
When we had done 2.5 laps around the river we went up toward the big loop across town - UPHILL most of the first half of the loop. We were doing just fine. And then we got to the top of the hill by the high school and we hit the WALL. We started slowing down and stretching a bit and started getting sore. Rounded the corner and starting going back, most of it downhill (YAY!) but that changed the way we were walking and it was painful! We did bring snacks and some Special K protein water powder to keep up our blood sugar so that helped.
Got back to the river and decided to go the long way around. We got to the bridge and her husband called her. She told him she'd be home in around 25 minutes (we had about a mile to go) and he said, "More like 45 minutes." She said, "We'll see who's closer," and hung up. When she told me what he said, I said, "It's on! He just threw it down. Let's go!" So we started walking a lot faster and we KNEW we could do another mile. We had just done 9 so what was one more? We had one LAST hill up to my house and started groaning! My knee was hurting, her hip was hurting, yet we still walked on. Got to my house in 23 minutes, groaning all the way! But we did it!
So, since I'm sassy, I sent her DH a text that said, "You suck. We win. She's leaving my house now. Ouch." (hee hee!) So he sent me a text back that said, "It was in fact less than 25 minutes! Yeay! Eat... Food... Now..."
Anyway, we had a good time walking together and I'm glad we're following the walking program since that is only HALF the distance of ONE day (20 miles for the first day, 20 miles for the second day, and 10 miles for the third day)! We would have been in for a HUGE surprise if we hadn't started this program!
So this week is Girl Scout Day Camp, and also walking 4 miles Tuesday, 4 miles Wednesday, 3 miles Friday, 4 miles Saturday and 8 miles Sunday. Have a great week everyone!