Walking

Thursday, April 01, 2010
I've caught the bug again. Every day this week, I've taken the long way home, adding an extra 20-25 minutes to my walk. And, I'm loving it. I wake up in the morning and one of the first things I think of is my walk home from work. Yesterday, Mom met me along River Valley Road and we walked the rest of the way home together. Even though it's only been a few days now, I'm already noticing the "regulars" including the guy who flies down the hill at breakneck speeds on his bicycle, narrowly avoiding the cars whipping past him or blonde ponytail lady who does hill repeats in her emerald green LuluLemon tank top (yes, I am coveting her tank top). And, to top it off, I'm already planning on what SPF sunscreen to purchase this weekend and summer walking apparel of my own.

I registered Mom and I for the 10K walk in August, part of the Intact Edmonton Derby Marathon weekend. Sadly, Auntie B will not be joining us this year. Her stepdaughter is getting married the following weekend and, rather than flying as originally planned, they're considering driving which means they'll need the extra days they would have been spending here with us. Never fear, I've given her a stern talking-to about the whole situation. She has, however, promised to come up next year when, according to her, Mom and I will be doing the 1/2 marathon once again. Have I mentioned the women in our family are slightly crazy? Well, we are....Mom and I were thinking the same thing. I'm both disappointed and relieved that they've changed the course this year. While I'm thrilled that my knees no longer have to endure the torture of the rollercoaster ride that was the river valley course, including Groat Road, I'm shocked that they would plot the first half of this year's marathon course through the downtown. Ugh. At least when we first attempted it, we had the view. Now? It starts at Northlands Coliseum (home of the Oilers) and winds its way through some not great parts of the city's centre. Nice. Fortunately for us 10k-ers, we head in the opposite direction and along Ada Boulevard, a nice quiet area.

I'm debating at the moment whether to also register for the Underwear Affair in June. It's only a 5K walk but would be great training for the longer walk later. However, they have a minimum fundraising amount and if you don't raise the money ($300), you can't participate. Hmmmm. Maybe next year - I'll have to start earlier.

I haven't decided if I'll do any fundraising for the August walk but stay tuned - I'll keep you posted.

3 comments:

sp said...

That's great! I love reading about your walks, and your plans. The 10k! That's awesome. I can't wait to hear about it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is such a great time of year for walking, no ice on the sidewalks and before it gets stinking hot. Enjoy!

Milla said...

My god, you are so brave. I can't imagine myself doing ANY kind of running. Walking: OK, fine, I love it and I have had the bug for a while now. Running: would my knees and ankles be able take the weight of my lardy body when it bounces on the asphalt? I doubt it.

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