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I walked a marathon????

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!
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  • AWOLF24
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    2963 days ago
    A marathon by accident. Who'da thunk it?
    2972 days ago
    Congrats on walking for a worthy cause. What an accomplishment. I have said I would like to walk a marathon in the future. I will have to keep Relay for Life in mind.
    2972 days ago
  • CASSIE9912
    WOW! You SO rock. I was at the Relay as a volunteer one year. My friend was the chair of the survivors committee. She made an amazing speech that brought me to tears but when she came off the survivor's lap she was sobbing and grabbed me and hugged me. It was an experience I'll never forget.

    WTG for supporting the cause. Thank you!!! And you rock like crazy for doing the marathon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2972 days ago
    That's amazing! That's something I'd like to be able to do! I'll get there...
    2972 days ago
    Good for you! I had both knees rebuilt and can't run yet so all my miles are walked..You are emoticon emoticon
    2972 days ago
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