Yesterday, a friend from church said, “I heard you’re training for a marthon, now.” I think this friend knew this wasn’t really the case, but I still answered him, “Hah. No. I am just trying to do what the marathon runners recommend to out of shape people who want to train for a marathon.” Then I told him of my modest goal that I mentioned in my last post.
So, here’s what I did since Friday. On Saturday, I was unable to go on a walk–unable in the sense that I was barely able to move to accomplish all the wife, mother, bookkeeper tasks I had on my to-do list. You see, on Friday, I went on my 30-walk, as recommended. I clocked it with my car at 1.8 miles. Then about 3 hours later, I went on a more leisurely 1-mile walk with Evangeline and our dog, Simon. For one who has done very little exercise in a long time, this is apparently how to make every part of the body ache the next day. Sunday was Easter, and we were away from home all day. I could have walked with friends who went out for an afternoon stroll, but I didn’t have the right kind of shoes with me, so I declined.
I was determined to get back on track today with the new regimen. So I set the timer on my phone and headed out for 15 minutes and then turned around to return. I made it a little further than on Friday, so I feel confident it was 2 miles. My 5’11’ son accompanied me on this walk, and I was struggling to make it up a slight incline on the way back. I think I walked at a faster pace to keep up with his longer stride, so coming up that little hill about did me in. However, since Calvin was with me, pride kept me from calling Mark to come get me in the car.
Will my blog become a journal on how my walking-someday-to-become-running is going? Maybe part of the time. Will it be about my training for a marathon? Nah.