Monday, September 17, 2012

20 miles

That is how far I walked this weekend. Not all at once, but over two days. My legs are a little sore but overall I think I will overcome.

Saturday my schedule said 12 miles. I knew I was going to have to get up early to get it done. I really didn't want to get up early as I wake up early every other day of the week. The alarm went off and I frowned at it then got my butt out of bed. I set everything up the night before just like I would for a race. No excuse to crawl back in bed. I went down stairs made a PB sandwich and was out the door. I ate my sandwich while I waited for my watch to find the satellites.

I wanted to do a trial run on my Sparkle Skirt to make sure it would hold up to my walking and that I would be warm enough in the early morning. It is already in the 50s here in the morning, so I wore my Nike DriFit coat and compression socks.  The skirt was awesome, I know I have professed my love for Sparkle Skirts and before, but seriously if you have had problems with the compression shorts riding up on other skirts you have to try Sparkle Skirts.

I tested out my backpack again. The longest I had used it in the past was  6 miles. This time, while it didn't bother me, it did get me thinking that it might be to big.  I am considering picking up a hydration belt and trying that out next weekend. I am just afraid I will hate it then what will I do with it? Do you think I could return it if I used it once and hated it? 
I didn't have any 'proper' fuel for this walk so I grabbed a few Jolly Ranchers, a nurtigrain bar and my kids Scooby Doo fruit snacks. I ate the Jolly Ranchers and the Nutrigran Bar -I think Jolly Ranchers are my new favorite food when working out.

I headed out on my journey, which included a stop to drop books off at the library and then make up my path to get the miles in. I hadn't mapped out a path, but had a general idea of where I wanted to go. At mile 7, I had a choice, turn and take 3 miles home and end at 10 miles. Or do an out and back to get some extra miles in. I decided to do an out and back which was up hill and half way, but down hill the next. My goal was to walk up hill one mile, but my legs were getting tired so I turned around after half a mile and head for home. I figured I would make it up on flatter ground. At 10.5 miles I was at the road that went to my house. I knew it was .5 from where I was to home and I was getting hungry. I headed home and called it day....even if it was only 9:30am.
Sunday I woke up early and was really stiff from the Saturday. I decided it would be best if I waited a while before I walked to loosen up. Instead of walking I got a little crazy and started cleaning my house. Which included deep cleaning my child's bedroom, not sure that was the relaxation I needed but around 2PM I got on the treadmill to knock out 9 miles. I wore capris, a long top and my Mizunos. The recommend bringing two pairs of shoes, so I have been switching my shoes up. Saturday I wore my Asics. I am not sure which I like more, I love both for different reasons. 

Since I was working out in the garage I turned the lights off to keep it cool and Netflix on the entire time. My current guilty pleasure is 'Life'.  

The last 30 minutes of this walk was brutal, I was under fueled and getting tired. I was glad when it was over. Back to back walks like this are no joke. I think my body handled it ok, but it really gave me an insight on figuring out the properly needs for this event.

Week 10 is officially done. I am happy that I completed all of my walks - missing only 1 mile and look forward to what Week 9 has to bring.

How was your weekend? Did you get a good workout in?


  1. great weekend around here...worked a little, took in daughter's CC meet... ran 6 miles on Saturday, another 2mile ez run Sunday morning with Nicole and finally and even easier 2.3 mile walk w/ hubs and dogs Sunday night.

    Off to work soon ...great job on the miles you put in. ;-)

  2. Wow awesome weekend with miles! How long did it take you to do the two walks?? I signed up for a half marathon Oct 21 and been trying to get as many miles in each day as I can. Not working quite as I had planned but such is life as a wife mom and work full time :)

    1. Saturday was 3:30, Sunday about 3 hours - I kept the treadmill at 3.5 or above. They say on the walk you average about 3 miles an hour, but I want to try to get my training walks in faster then that as I don't have all day.

    2. Thanks for your reply. I am going to try and get a 6-9 miler done one evening this week just to see what my time is.

    3. The most I can usually do during the week is 6 - after that it just gets to late since I don't start working out at night until 8PM.

  3. Nice work getting in all your workouts! I can't believe your event is coming up so soon, it's so exciting!

  4. Awesome job Jenn!!!! I ran my first ever 20 miles. I was as slow as molasses but finished. I honestly thought I was going to die at mile 18.

    Keep chugging away!!!!

    Stephanie K

    1. 20 miles scares me....and I plan to do it 3 days in a row! :) Slow or fast, 20 miles is 20 miles

  5. Wow, you've been doing a great job getting in long walks. I am a firm believer that walking that distance is harder than running it.