Yesterday, I announced that I am crazy (and that I had just signed up to do a half-marathon). Despite weighing 240 pounds, despite having a weak back and knees, despite being so out of shape most people would laugh at me, I signed up for a half-marathon. I plan just to walk it, but you have to finish in under 4 hours or they pick you up in the little vehicle they drive around in LOL.
Technically I haven’t signed up yet, because it costs $110! Donate? :) (Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I got energized last night and went on a 3 mile walk with a friend. Afterwards, I was starving – I ate some fruit and headed to bed.
This morning, I woke up and decided today is Official Day 1 of training for my half-marathon. So I woke up, got the kids off to school, fed the dog, did some dishes, and headed out for my walk.
I started out strong for the first mile. I walked facing away from the sun, so it was pretty much shaded the entire time. When I rounded the first corner, I started a slow incline up a hill. My feet started to hurt. I jogged a bit. I finished in about 17 minutes.
My mom was walking with me – but on the other side of town – so we talked on the phone a bit to get through Mile 2. It’s always tough to finish Mile 2 knowing you’re going on to Mile 3. If it’s just a 2 mile walk, I’m fine, but knowing I have another mile discourages me.
My knees started to bother me around the middle of mile 2. I didn’t look at the time.
This was when I turned around to walk home, and felt energized. I tried to jog, but my knees were hurting too badly. Then, my heels started to hurt. Around the end of Mile 3, my toes started to hurt and so did my back. I felt like I was falling apart, but I kept going.
I finished Mile 3 and felt like there is no way I can ever do 13.1 miles.
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No, I’m not giving up. This is just Day 1. I can do this, I just need to work hard. And I think I need new shoes…
Suggestions on good walking shoes? Or which store I should get fitted at?
My next goal is 5 miles. I have to speed up, though, because based on my time above it would take me 4.5 hours to finish a half-marathon. I have to be able to finish in UNDER 4 hours.