I’m getting used to this walking thing. I really am. At least when the ground is flat. Today I walked three miles, which probably wouldn’t have been hard at all if we hadn’t been trekking up Shaw Mountain Road. I can’t tell you how deep the incline is, but I felt every step as we walked up the hill. I stopped several times to try stretching out my calves so I could continue going.
Everything ran a little differently today at Boise Run/Walk. One of the coaches, asked me where I had disappeared to during last weeks Run/Walk because he’d been looking for me. I told him where I’d ended up and it sounds like I definitely went in the wrong direction. So he spoke to a few people he knew to be walkers and arranged for them to accompany me.
Instead of a lesson before our long walk, we had a review, in which the person who answered correctly–or gave the best answer–got a bag full of goodies as a prize. I’m pleased to say that I did win such a bag and plan to put the goodies to good use. In the package was a pair of socks–the kind actually meant to run or walk in, a RaceCenter magazine, an artistic rendering of someone running and a $20 gift card to Shu’s Idaho Running Co. I’ve never even heard of RaceCenter Magazine, and despite having heard of Shu’s since joining Run/Walk I have yet to be there. The socks I’ve never had before. I hate socks as a general rule, but I’ve found they are really necessary for extended walking/running. So I’ll be experimenting with all the materials.
After the review, we did our warm up, which meant lunges–God how I hate lunges–jumping jacks, butt kickers, high knees and other general warm ups.
|Shaw Mountain Road: Picture Taken From ADV Rider|
Then we walked. For 10kers like me, the goal was three miles. Most of the members did the Robie training though, which meant 8 miles for them. Some chose to go even further than that. I must bow down to the stamina most of the members have. I probably wouldn’t have had much trouble going three miles today if we were on flat ground the entire or even most of the time. But no. Today, we climbed hills. Specifically, Shaw Mountain Road.
Even when I was in shape, I wasn’t very good at climbing hills. My legs protest over even the smallest incline. I’m no longer in shape. I’ve attended 4 walking sessions with Boise Walk/Run since January 5. So I am doing better than I was, but I’m no where near what you would call in-shape. But, gah! I don’t know how steep of an incline Shaw Mountain Road is. I’m not sure if it matters, because the paved road was hard on me. I stopped several times on the way up to the half-way point to try stretching out my muscles and I thank those who walked with me for indulging me and understanding the need. I wouldn’t have made it the entire distance without those stretching breaks. But I did make it to the 1/2 way point. I celebrated getting that far, drank a lot of the water offered their–I really should take something with me to these walks. But I keep forgetting. Powerade is not something I normally like, but I was told to put two scoops in the water I accepted and that tasted pretty good. I may have to pick up the Powerade Powder the next time I go to the store. Once I re-hydrated, we walked back. Going down hill was so much easier and faster. That part took no time at all.
Once back in the building, I cooled down with some stretches then talked with a, I believe her title was a Athletic Trainer. I learned some new stretches as a result and have some new goals for myself when it comes to exercise. I stopped at a store for chocolate milk on the way home–one of the best things you can have after a work out. I tried keeping it at home, but it had a tendency to disappear, fast.
Next week, 10kers will be walking 4 miles, without hills. I’m looking forward to next weeks meeting. I’m getting more energy after the walks, less tired after them and I have a lot of fun. The walk up Shaw Mountain is pretty if you manage to look around while you’re huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf. I imagine those who went further than three miles, saw even more spectacular views as Table Rock is close to Shaw Mountain Road. Table Rock, for those who don’t know, allows people to see the entire city of Boise from a distance. The walks are inspiring me, making me more aware of my body and experiences some people will never describe in their books. The crunch of gravel, the chill of wind on sweat soaked flesh, the click, click, click of working pedometers. Perhaps I’m simply reading the wrong books however.
If you’re interested in Joining Boise Run/Walk, now would be the time to sign up, as discounts are being offered. Join by yourself or with friends/family. No matter what kind of person you are, you’ll have a wonderful time. I’m one of those who has a hard time approaching people and talking to them. I feel like I come across as an idiot a lot of the time I talk to someone new, but the group is friendly, understanding and many will approach you first. Also, feel free to share any of my posts on my experiences, but please give me credit. Also, I always enjoy getting comments and questions. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll see if I can find one.
For those who follow me more for writing topics, don’t worry. There will be a podcast posted soon, and a few writing related blogs will be making their rounds. I’ve been busy with life and other events so don’t give up on me yet. They’ll be up soon, probably in the next few days.