A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
~Paul Dudley White
Lessons learned from the first Long Walk
- Rain makes things wet, including crushed limestone trails. This means one needs to constantly look down & ahead to avoid a step that will land you in a knee-twisting mud patch.
- The sun CAN burn a moving target so use a sweat resistant sunblock.
- Cotton socks = blisters. Invest in new socks pronto.
- A watch is much better for tracking time than a cell phone.
- A large wad of keys on a lanyard are hard to stow, lighten the key load for next time.
- Earlier start = cooler walk. Prepare better the night before so we can just leave as soon as Turtle wakes up.
- I CAN walk 5 miles!
Next goal: 6 miles
If I haven't mentioned it, I'm following the marathon training plan laid out by Jonathan Roche, the king of No Excuses Workouts. Check him out if you haven't already!