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Marathon Countdown: Day 5

Monday, May 21, 2012

"There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it." ~The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. Barclay

"People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that's the problem." ~Chris Adams

Planned to walk this morning. Yesterday - the WHOLE day - I was exhausted and could hardly keep eyes opened as I tried to get some things done. After a 15 min. struggle to read, I closed my eyes for a much-needed nap and was unable to sleep! Soo, hoped for an early return from church so I could go to bed, but, alas, it was not very early. So I told hubby I would not wake early and we would not take that walk - today. But count on it for tomorrow morning!

Tomorrow will be my last long walk before the Marathon. I am planning to go to bed a little earlier each night to change my internal clock a bit so, hopefully, I will be able to sleep before sunset on Friday. Unlike most of the others who will be walking on Saturday, I do not have children at home so can do this. I will be up and about today and want to grab my weights this afternoon. Need to strengthen one knee or, rather, focus on those thigh muscles to relieve the knee, and do some back strengthening exercises too. I usually feel it in my back after 4 hours or so of walking.

Yesterday, I finalized the food items I will carry with me: 6 hard boiled eggs (and salt, maybe), 4 small slices whole wheat bread, 2 tangerines, 8 small packets of rinsed, plumped raisins with unskinned almonds, 2 packets of pitted whole olives, 2 cut-up peeled raw carrots, 8 packets salty peanuts, 4 packets dried banana, 2 Exceed Gel, plus 4 gatorade and 8 500ml water bottles. (The packets I am using are pill packets which hold roughly 1/2 oz. of whole almonds.) This will probably be more than I need, but whatever is left, I will consume in the car ride home as my after Marathon meal.

One of the challenges I have is with eating as I walk. I must keep the bites very small, slowly chew it up well, then swallow. I keep breathing in bits and then hacking to get it out of my windpipe or upper throat, which takes a few minutes. It is terribly frustrating. I have the science down - 2 raisins and 1 almond maximum - chew, chew, chew, and chew some more.

I cut out the insole from under my toes in my older shoes to give my toes a little more space - it helps. I think for tomorrow's walk I will take out the insoles from my ASICS and use an old pair cutting back from under the toes and see how it goes - might be just the space I need. I am looking forward to picking out a new pair plus a pair of hiking shoes over the next several months. Have any suggestions for me?

Okay - gotta get a move on the day. Lots to do.

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    So much to think about! Your preparations are wonderfully detailed. It's such fun to follow you through these countdown days! I haven't done much to push myself since this bout of plantar fasciitis hit me. The best I can do right now is to follow your progress. I'm so glad you're doing this!
    2220 days ago
    You are really getting this down to a science...go YOU! :-)

    Love your quotes!

    2220 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like a good plan of attack, I'm praying God is glorified through your efforts!
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