MARATHON!!!

Mar 28

MARATHON!!!

Back in 2008 I walked my very first marathon. I was over-trained, burned out, inexperienced, and not totally prepared for what was coming. I also didn’t realize that over half the marathon was on a pretty steep grade uphill! I came in second to last, in tears, after 7 hours, 33 minutes and 59 seconds. I was in rough shape! Since then I’ve wanted to...

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National Start Walking Day!

Apr 06

National Start Walking Day!

Hey, it’s national “Start Walking Day!”. The American Heart Association has a program called “Start Walking Now” and today is the day it begins for this year. If you’re American, you can download it here: National Start Walking Day You can’t download it if you’re not American (at least, I couldn’t – if you...

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Race Update – Finally!

May 12

Race Update – Finally!

So, as promised, here are the pictures from the race last weekend.  Takes a while to coordinate my husband’s camera with my computer, so things are a little late. Here are the official standings: Rank Clock Time Pace/km Chip Time Bib Name City Gender Division Gender/Rank Division Rank 294 3:18:55.2 9:26 3:18:42.4 2932 Darlene Hull Calgary...

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland – well, almost!

Dec 21

Walking in a Winter Wonderland – well, almost!

I’ve had such a struggle with walking this winter. I convinced myself to go out today and brave the ice with my funky ice-pick straps that actually work with Vibrams (though only just – they are a bit finicky and need lots of readjusting, which is still better than cracking my head open on the sidewalk). I checked the temperature (-12°C or 10°F) on our...

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A Struggling 10k?

Oct 05

I completed level 2 in my training on Saturday by participating in a 10k race for a local church here. Even without the 1˚C (33.8˚F) temperature and brisk winter wind, it was an interesting experience. I warmed up well, started out by climbing up a reasonably steep but short hill, and proceeded through what was a beautiful, not-terribly-strenuous walk to complete...

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Look what I got!

Sep 18

Look what I got!

I’ve been participating regularly in the “10,000 Steps” community over the past couple of months. They have some fun and motivating ways to keep you walking, one if which is the “Million Steps Challenge”. Every Time you log 1,000,000 steps they send you a certificate. I got mine on the 16th. My next one is due in...

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