So, I walked today! 6.2 miles in 1 hour and 55 minutes! GO ME!
I walked alone this year, so I was on my own schedule... the walk wasnt scheduled to start until noon, but I wanted to get it done and over with! I woke up, made myself a nice breakfast (nothing too filling) and got on my way.
I started walking at 9:40am, after checking in and getting my fancy new gym bag and a t-shirt AND and ballcap!
I have a bad knee... and of course it's been bothering me lately, with the trip to DC and walking so much there plus trying to prepare (physically) for this walk... well, I made sure I put on my brace this morning before I left and I was set!
So this morning was NOT warm... by any means. I guess I don't know the actual temp, but i'd guess high 40's.. MAYBE! Either way... walk I must, with my $805.00 being my swift kick in the ass when I needed it (and for those of you who are wondering... my ass isn't as sore as it was on Friday night!!), and boy... did I ever need that kick in the ass. Being that I was walking early, I was alone in every sense of the word... no other walkers in sight. I made the most of it, I started out at a real nice pace, fast enough to make it count, slow enough to not regret it.
The system they have set up is very nice; several rest stops with bathrooms, water, banana's, and all sorts of other goodies... plus pretty motivational people to keep you going! The first few stops were a piece of pie... once I made it to the 5th rest stop, I really needed the motivation... my left hamstring was starting to get crampy and my "GOOD" knee was starting to act up! Those people at the ING booth get all my praise for the day... they cheered for me and told me I could do it... only just over a mile left to go...
Obviously, since I am writing the blog, I made it. I think I made pretty good time too... being that I slowed way down once my leg started bothering me.. last year I think it took us 2.5 hours to finish. It's such a nice walk to take... I wish I lived closer; it'd be awesome to be able to do that more often... and I probably wouldnt be as sore in the end.
So, my feet are killing me, still (I've been done walking for approx 6 hours); I am very tired from getting up early, since I didn't get the best nights sleep last night; and all in all I am very proud of myself for doing the walk altogether!
Next year... more training.
Terri... I hope you train well for yours... I only walked 6.2 miles.... I can't imagine how you are going to feel after yours (and be sure to take the next 2 days off and pamper the hell out of yourself!!)!
Thanks again to those who love me enough to sponsor me! You guys are the best and I thought of each of you many many many MANY times today... your money kept me going!
Love to all of you...