I Meant It! Now a Change of Plans


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I really mean it about the title of this blog. I have tried and tried, and I failed to come to a joy our even tolerance of running. It’s been a while since I made this decision, but am late in catching up. I ran 5 miles on my first day in Spain in early October, than was out three weeks with bronchitis. I got a few more runs in after that, but was not feeling any motivation to go out, and then felt guilt because I was not staying up on my training.

This seemed counterproductive, and I full reached acceptance of my disdain for running.

So I hatched a new plan, since I was committed to completing the PF changs in January, especially as I had lined up sponsors.

My new plan is– rather than run (badly) a half marathon, I decided to walk the full (26/2 miles). This is not just slacking off, as it is not easy. You have to be off the course in about 7 hours, meaning I will have to aim for 16 minute miles.

But doing walks instead of runs means I could do more hikes, which I have missed doing. I got a great walk in for a 15 mile hike- form Strawberry down the forest trail to Pine, than round HardScrabble Road, taking Forest Road 428 behind Strawberry Mountain and back to Strawberry.

So I am on to I Like Walking.

4 thoughts on “I Meant It! Now a Change of Plans

  1. Wow that is quite a change. Good luck with completing the full. Walking it and completing it in time will push you to new highs. Keep training and enjoying the beautiful scenery around Strawberry. Take care, train well and take lots of pictures.. tweet too.

  2. Good luck on your new challenge. Walking a marathon is no small feet but you will do it. Keep training, taking pics and staying energized. You can always come up north and walk or run in the snow. We have lots of it.

  3. I’m training for my first half marathon in April. I live in Phoenix and love going on hikes around AZ too. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep up with running after my race because it feels like I’m doing damage to my body…your long-distance hiking/walking seems like a great alternative. You’re still getting the benefits of endurance training without half-killing yourself. I think this might be a more natural way to keep fit – sort of reenacting the nomadic lifestyle, with a few brief (hunting-like) sprints mixed in. Cheers!

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