Monday, May 03, 2010
So this weekend was my Relay for Life walk. Saturday it was raining and kind of nasty out when I woke up, but after a couple of hours it seemed to just be windy and overcast. I packed up my things and headed to Milford, unloaded the car and hit the school's track just before the opening ceremonies. After the survivor's lap (which got me all teary-eyed), I put my pedometer on, then I hit the track to start my walk.
I wasn't really keeping track of how many laps I was doing or how long I was out there. Sometimes I was walking by myself, sometimes, with others from my group and when I felt in need of a little snack or a drink of water, I'd finish my lap and sit down for a bit. Partway through the day I began to feel a bit tired, so I checked my pedometer and I was at just over 17 miles. After a conversation with myself I decided to see if I could hit 20 miles... and kept on walking. I then moved my pedometer a little because it was beginning to annoy me. After what seemed like an approximate number of laps to put me at 20, I check my pedometer with a quick glance- just over 19- so I keep walking. I do a few more laps and grab my pedometer thinking as I finish this one I've got to be over 20-
WHAT? 19.90? That can't be right. I know I've done enough laps to push me over 20- so I take a closer look at the pedometer- it's in kcal and it was reading 1990 kcal burnt in my "aerobic steps" (that's what I get for not paying attention)!!! So I hit the little button to go back to miles and my jaw drops- 25.85 miles.
At this point I'm halfway annoyed that I wasn't paying attention and halfway too tired to care, so I grab my things, say my goodbyes and walk to the car. I get everything loaded, make a last grab at the pedometer and noticed I'm over 26.2 miles... I just walked a marathon!
On the drive home I flip between a "whooo hooooooooo" and a "oh my gosh I'm tired" mode... because there's part of me that still can't believe it- really? I walked a marathon?
Some things I learned along the way-
1. I was smart wearing my comfy clothes, socks and shoes.
2. I was smart packing sunscreen.
3. It was an experience I'll never forget... but most of all
4. CHECK TO SEE WHAT UNITS YOUR PEDOMETER IS IN- especially if you move/bump it!