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One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Mom’s Mystery Medal Walking Half Marathon: COMPLETE!

on October 19, 2017

This weekend, I walked 13.17 miles and I earned my lovely half marathon medal, complete with the cutest finish line squad ever waiting in front of my house.
Half marathon

Some key details and lessons learned:

  • Gear matters as much for long walks as it does for long runs. I made a bad sock choice and ended up with both a blister on the ball of my left foot and a raw spot on my left heel. 😦 When I first noticed the heel area (which I suspect altered my gait enough to cause the blister), I should have called Darrell to bring me new socks.
  • Water is key; fuel really wasn’t (for me anyway). It was a PERFECT day in terms of weather and cool. I brought a big water bottle with me, with Nuun just as I’d do for a long run. I also brought some Sport Beans and a granola bar, but never felt like I needed them. Maybe because the calorie burn is slower with a long walk (this took 4.25 hours), I’m not depleting my glycogen stores in the same way? I ate lunch as soon as I got home, but otherwise didn’t feel super hungry that afternoon/evening or the following day.
  • Recovery was SO much easier. I was little tired in the afternoon, but I’m not sure if that was because of the walk or because I’m not sleeping well. Otherwise, the only real ache or limitation I had was the blister. I felt perfectly ready to work out again the next day.
  • It felt SO good to accomplish this. Yes, it was a finish line at my house and really just my own goals that drove me to complete all of the miles. However, that goal was super valuable as it kept me moving this fall and reminded me that I can do big physical things. That helped me see that if I can never run again, I can still be an active and healthy person.

What did I learn from this?

  • Long walks are a great way to exercise in a way that is low impact and much easier on my body.
  • Training plans and a “race” day are a huge motivation for me and even if I never run again, setting this kind of event goal is going to be key in my activity. This might include more walking half marathons, bike events, hikes or other events of my own making.
  • These big walks help my lupus symptoms as much as running did, whereas shorter walks really don’t help as much. Dedicated exercise really is worth it for me.

Now that I’m done with my fall race, what’s my next step? I think I’d like to try to run again. It’s been 4 months since my last run and 8 months since my herniated disk. I think it’s time to try again, gently. I have no expectation of getting back to long or fast runs anytime in the next year. However, being able to go out for a 20 minute walk/run in the morning would be lovely. I confess, it may be our beautiful fall weather that’s making me itch to run again.

This medal is definitely going on my wall, right next to my marathon medal. I suspect it will always be one of my favorites, because O made it for me and because it stands for a time when I got myself moving again rather than moping.

What makes a medal a favorite for you? Confession: I have my medal hanger still laying on my desk, but promise I will eventually hang it and this one will be prominently featured!

 

 

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4 responses to “Mom’s Mystery Medal Walking Half Marathon: COMPLETE!

  1. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    Congratulations!!! I absolutely love that everything about this event was so personal and customized for you. You accomplished something big–walking for nearly 4.5 hours is huge!!–after following dedicated training, and got great health benefits from it. As someone who doesn’t love races, I love the idea of doing your own custom event!

  2. Meg B says:

    CONGRATS!!! Sounds like a wonderful half marathon and that is the best medal ever!!!

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