Today was an 18 mile training walk and it was brutal. My hips hurt and I think my pinkie toes are going to fall off. I packed protein pancakes and we stopped several times for coffee, stretching and rest. It took 8 hours to walk 18.3 miles ...... 8 hours of walking! I cant remember ever doing anything for 8 hours straight in my whole life!
I am so glad we did it today because it was a real eye opener for me in many ways. I did change socks half way but I should have changed again. It was cold this morning (54 degrees) and I wore long leggings but, by noon I was really warm. The high today is 91! My pack will hold a lot but I'm not sure I can get a whole change of clothes in there.
I also noticed that I ran out of energy really fast! By 13 miles I was really hungry and a protein bar was not going to cut it. As a vegetarian, I am going to have to spend some time really looking at my food options. We burned over 2000 calories but I think I took in probably 700. That's a big difference. I will be searching for good carbs, fats and proteins that I can fit in my big fanny pack.
I have trained over 475 miles since April 1 and have raised $2018.00. Almost there!!
6 more weeks and the day is here! I'm so excited and encouraged by my friends's and family's support. I am grateful for ice packs, Advil, public restrooms and my Bestie and walking partner Denise - Team Leader for our Soul Sisters team.
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