The first thing I must establish is that Nature did not grant me a body for running. My legs are short, and I have a long trunk. I have tried running in the days when I was lighter. Needless to say it did not stick. Now that I am into weight lifting and hiking, and I have become quite comfortable walking. It has been a great way for me to get in light cardiovascular work, and I have lost weight.
This summer will be mark my third year on a team participating in The Relay for Life. My team is comprised of the Early to Bed types, so I anchor the over night portion of the relay. My first year I struggled to walk for about six hours, and I was sore for the next week. Last year I walked for seven hours, and completed 21 miles in honor of those I know who have, had, and died from cancer.
In less than a week I will again anchor the night at The Relay. My goal this year is 26 miles. I will need to walk for eight hours to accomplish this goal. I was walking six miles a day in addition to my regular work outs at the gym. I was on track.
Eleven days ago I injured a toe on my right foot. The pain was so bad I had to cease walking. I still made to the gym to lift, and to ride the stationary bike, but that was it. I was in the dumps. I feared that this injury would end my chances to reach my goal at the Relay on July 9th. As luck would have it, my toe improved to the point where I could return to my training. I have three days left to make some final preparations before I take my first lap on Saturday at 10 pm out at College of the Redwoods.
My motivation, and inspiration comes from all of the people I know, or have known that have had to deal with cancer. This is one of the few times when it will not be about me. I walk for them
I will be ready come Saturday.