It’s been awhile since I updated on the Avon Walk training. The walk is in less than a month, and we are ready! On Saturday Trysh and I did a 15 mile training walk. It took us 5 hours, but we felt such a sense of accomplishment at the end. For you local folks: We walked from Morton Grove to the lake, cut south a bit thru Evanston, and then back to Morton Grove. This picture is totally crazy and unflattering, but we did an arms-length shot with the point-and-shoot when we got to the lake as proof to ourselves that we really walked there. When I got home I told my husband that if we ever decide to move we can advertise our house as “walking distance to the lake.” LOL!
I totally underestimated how much time it would take to train for the Avon Walk. The training has been a huge burden on my family, and I am forever grateful for their patience. All of this endurance walking combined with spinning class has really made me feel great though. I feel so strong and energized, and I don’t want to stop just because the Avon Walk is over. However I cannot continue to abandon my husband and kids for 5+ hours every weekend so I can do these long walks. LOL! I am looking for advice from any of you athletes out there on how to transition from walking to running. I have never been a runner before, and believe me I have tried! I have done the “Running for Dummies” model of intervals – run for a minute, walk for 2 minutes, run for a minute, etc. I simply have never been able to build up the endurance to run for more than a couple of minutes at at time. But now I feel that I am at a different starting point than I have been other times I have tried running. Maybe it will work this time. I welcome any advice!