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A Very Long Walk (and boy do my feet feel it)

Monday, March 10, 2014

There is a half marathon that is run near my town in October. I just found out about it last month and it is very intriquing to me. So I have been increasing my step count a bit at a time. Started running a bit too. Then last week I got this wild idea to try it out. I've been walking 10 miles pretty consecutively for a while now and I thought I was ready.

They post the route online so Saturday I drive there. I fired up my little iPod shuffle and headed out. And I did it. It was a very nice walk. I wasn't trying for any land speed records, just my usual pace. Even had my walking stick along to keep me moving. It took me a very long time. Close to 4 hours. And the need to go to the bathroom was awful since there is only 1 port-a-john on the route (at least in the winter). That could be a real problem during the actual race if you have 100's or 1000's of people queueing up to use it.

Anyway I'm pretty happy that I did it. I have a real sense of accomplishment and DH was pretty excited when I told him what I had done with my saturday morning. But I have to admit that my feet were mighty sore after. Not immediately, but yesterday. So tired that even the act of putting on my shoes for my short walk yesterday was distressful. I did though and got in 10,000 steps just because, but my feet ached. And today they still hurt. Not really a hurt but a tired ache. I should have gotten out my Bag Balm and given them a good rub down. Next time (and there will be a next time now that I know I can do it) that is exactly what I intend to do.
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  • MJ7DM33
    WTG! Take care of your feet!
    1374 days ago
  • POPSY190
    emoticon .But give those feet some tender loving care!
    1375 days ago
    emoticon That is so fantastic. One day maybe I'll be able to do that too. Cheering and jumping up and down for you.
    1375 days ago
    Wow! You are amazing! I haven't yet hit 10k steps in a day so I don't know a thing about half marathons. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1375 days ago
    From someone who walked the "toughest half-marathon in the Pacific Northwest", you need rest after walking that distance. Should have been at least a 30K day or close to it depending on your stride.

    On race day they will have plenty of porta-potties and drink stations along the way. There's a way of training for one of these so that you don't do your body a disservice. Please call someone affiliated with the race and let them know you are a WALKER, not a runner and get some sage advice for that particular race. This time of year, layering and hydration with a very good rest before race day would be part of the program for sure.

    I'm not too worried about you because you exercise quite a bit and are use to high steps. Still, do your homework. A 1/2 marathon is not something to do on a whim.

    I hope you understand where I'm coming from here. Kind of like the same with someone wanting to do a 92 day juice feast...caution needs to be applied. And, prep and research.

    I'd also have your shoes checked out for either gel inserts or maybe even break in a new pair that is specific for outdoor terrain. I spend about $300 on shoes a year.
    1375 days ago
    I have never done any kind of race, but I think they add a lot more bathrooms. So don't let that discourage you. I think it's a great goal for you. Maybe you can find a 5K this Spring to try out too. emoticon
    1375 days ago
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