Sunday, September 16, 2012
One week from today I will be DONE with my 50 mile MS Challenge Walk. I can't wait and yet I'm fine with it being a few days away. I walked my 8 miles yesterday and 10 miles today (10.6 actually but that's my husband's fault for wanting to go a certain way since he came with me and it's his birthday). Anyway, It felt EXHAUSTING! I did a Bob Harper Kettlebell workout on Friday and had no idea there would be so many lunges passing the 15 pound kettlebell under each leg as we lunged so my hamstrings are SCREAMING at me today. Oh - they were yesterday, too. And the day before. It actually hurts to sit down. Ugh.
This week I have a rest day tomorrow and then only 3 miles each on Tuesday and Wednesday, another rest day (and travel day) Thursday and then 20 miles Friday, 20 miles Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday. Then I have off the following Monday since I figure I won't be able to move that day. I'll probably take a few days off of working out depending on how I feel and then I can move onto something different since I'm REALLY tired of walking.
It has been an amazing journey, though. I NEVER thought I could walk more than 3-4 miles but I've proved to myself that I can do at least 18 at one time (so far) and still survive. I've seen a lot of my city close up with my walking and found many beautiful (and not so beautiful) houses and neighborhoods that I've driven past all my life and really never noticed. I've spent quality time with my husband, sister and youngest son during our walks together, found out that I can walk a 17 minute mile by myself, and gone through many times where I thought I couldn't walk another step, yet persevered and realized I could.
I've found out that as of today, I've walked 402 miles so far total! WOW! That's a HUGE amount! More than I would have ever thought I would do!
I see the podiatrist tomorrow about my toe to see what to do. It hurts a lot after activity (like tonight) but gets a lot better with rest (go figure) so we'll see what she says.
Anyway, I'll keep everyone posted after the walk and the podiatrist appointment. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
It's called good old-fashioned German stubbornness. Don't have a walking partner? Fine. I'll walk by myself. Nobody to go to the gym to motivate me? Hubby tired and sitting in front of the TV? Kids all too good to spend time with me? Fine. I'll work out by myself. Nobody wants to go to Tae Kwon Do with me anymore? Fine. I'll go by myself, get my black belt and continue going by myself because I like it. So there.
Today I had a 16 mile walk on my MS Challenge Walk training schedule. My sister didn't want to go. She doesn't walk at all anymore with me. Fine. I went by myself. Got up at 7, got dressed, brushed my teeth and hair, ate breakfast and then was off. Just me and my iPod. And it was nice! Walked where I wanted to with my NIke Running app telling me how far I had gone. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that app! Good think my iPod lasted the entire time!
Did about a 5.3 mile loop and ended up back at home to refill my water bottle. Ken wasn't ready to go yet (he said he'd walk part of it with me) so I was off again. Went down the hill and around the river 3 times (1.7 miles each loop). Came up the hill toward home and was at about 11.6 miles at that point right around 12:00.
Fueled up with another Herbalife smoothie, filled up with water again, and then Ken was ready to go with me. My youngest, Paul, wanted to go too. We put both dogs on the leashes (they REALLY wanted me to take them both times I left before that!) and we were off.
By that time, my average time per mile was about 17 minutes 20 seconds. I guess I rested a bit too long because those last few miles were a KILLER! My hips hurt, my legs hurt, my feet hurt and I was tired. MAN was I tired! But I kept plodding along. During the last mile I decided I was going to just get home and started walking faster. I was REALLY glad when we got home and it was almost exactly 16 miles. (16.09 to be exact).
Drank a protein drink and took a shower and it felt awesome to be clean! :) I rested for a couple of hours and then was getting pretty stiff so I made my hubby take me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner since I was craving a steak.
Got there and had ONE roll with NO butter and a few peanuts before we ordered. Said no to more bread and had a garden salad (no croutons or egg) with the dressing on the side. I ordered the 6 oz. sirloin and Ken ordered the BBQ Chicken breast and we split each of our meat entrees in half and shared them. I had a side of broccoli instead of potato. So proud of myself! :) Then we went to Target for a few things and swung by McDonald's for a 49 cent vanilla cone.
Now home and doing laundry. I still have off tomorrow since it's my 4-day weekend so Ken took off and we're going to State Fair. Hope everyone had a great weekend and now I'm giving my stubborn German butt a rest on the couch for the evening.
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