Saturday, March 13, 2010

Proof that I am trying to dilute the crazy a little

It's pledge time on our local public radio station, which means I've been listening to a lot of commercial radio in the car recently. I keep hearing the same commercial over and over again, and I think it's starting to get to me ... because walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day is starting to sound like a good idea.

Pros of participation:
  • I've lost 10 pounds this year, and I'd like to keep losing at least another 10 or 15 in the near future.
  • Walking - it's healthy! It's cheap! I don't have to join a gym or drive across town to do it!
  • The training schedule would have me walking four days a week, with the worst of the distance training on the weekend when Jason could be in charge of Small Child With No Endurance.
  • Walking that much will give me a better appreciation of the spring and early summer weather - look, flowers! Birds! Biting insects!
  • I know several people who have made it through breast cancer, and it would be a good way to celebrate their lives.
  • Completing it would be the most impressive thing I've ever accomplished.
The crazy:
  • Dude, it's like walking most of a marathon ... three days in a row.
  • Camping? After walking for 20 miles? You can't be serious.
  • The training schedule is set up for 28 weeks. As of right now I've got less than 20 weeks before the Cleveland event, which means that I'd start training at higher mileages than I'm probably ready for. Like, I'm supposed to walk 10 or 12 miles tomorrow.
  • Who decided it was a good idea to put this thing at the end of July, anyway? Did nobody look at the average temperatures for July and August?
  • Whoa, do I really want to do an activity where chafe-reduction products are recommended on the packing list?
I haven't made up my mind yet. I'm leaning far enough toward participating that I've printed out the training schedule and I'm going to try it for a week or two to see if it's even feasible for me to do it without massively injuring myself.

I started "slow" today with a walk that was about 4 miles, and I think I should get bonus points for doing it in the 40F rain. I know I weighed about three pounds more when I got done than I did when I set out, just from the rain that soaked into my jacket (and pants, and shoes, and hair, and gloves). And while I definitely felt like I was exerting myself more than I usually do and I'm a bit stiff this evening, a walk of that length wasn't unpleasant, and I don't feel any worse than I usually do after the first day or two of working in the garden each spring.

So I'll let you know what I decide ... especially if I decide to go for it, since I'm going to need all of you to help me raise the required minimum donation to participate :)


Kimberly said...

Go for it, if for no other reason than enjoying the splendor of 40F rain.

mlf said...

You should do it!

We've done the MS-150 and have loved it. This is a 150 mile bike ride for the multiple sclorosis society. The friendship among the participants is great.

Your Texas fans would happily become (partial) sponsors.

Nancy said...

DO the 3-day -- you will LOVE it, even the camping!

-- from a 3-time veteran