javafox (javafox) wrote,

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The black dog that just won't leave.

Last Sunday I participated in my first ever half marathon event. It was not a 'race' as such, because it was in reality a walk to raise money for breast cancer charities. But I treated it as a bit of a race, because I wanted to see how quickly I could power walk a half marathon. And it turns out that I can walk thirteen point one miles in under three hours and fifteen minutes.

Link to the route

I'm really proud of walking that distance, as well as the training I did for it. I got a medal at the end, which is also awesome, because I feel that I earned it. I think I have the marathon/racing bug now: I have registered my interest in participating in three upcoming events in 2012. I like having a goal, I have discovered.

And today, a week later, I went for a five mile walk. I'm taking it easy because I don't want to push myself too hard too quickly. But at the same time, I really miss moving around and exercising. And I really, really would like to lose this stone I've put on during my MA and PhD. So I'm going to train for a marathon in April, irrespective if I receive a place in the London Marathon (charity place), because I need it. Walking regularly helps me deal with my mind, which increasingly is not the easiest thing to deal with. I refer the gentle and observant reader to the subject of this entry.
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