I got an email this week from Sue Lyn, our Trekkin' for Ta-Tas team leader. She included a list of training tips:
~ Train on a variety of hard surfaces: sidewalks, roadways, etc
~ Train off-road on trails, and on regular grassy and sandy/dirt surfaces
~ Train on uneven surfaces
~ Train on hard surface inclines and declines (low grade and steep)
~ Train on soft surface inclines and declines (low grade and steep)
~ Train in cooler temps and warmer (hot) temps
~ Train in the rain (no storms, please!)
~ Train by walking a fast pace
~ Train by walking a slow pace (we get caught in large packs of walkers occasionally)
~ Train by walking very short strides
~ Train by walking long strides (you will do this when you are passing other walkers or need to speed up briefly)
~ BE SURE TO MIX IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!
My trainer told me the plan for today was to go to the nearby park - which we routed at 1.75 miles around the big loop - and be done before the expected 11:00 a.m. rain.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out my big, honkin' fanny pack. I haven't used this on my neighborhood walks because I didn't want my neighbors looking out their windows and thinking I was totally nuts - yeah, I'm vain like that!
I put water in both bottles to even out the weight, had my camera, phone and a few other things inside, and I strapped on that baby and was ready to go. It is definitely a big difference hauling that extra weight, so I'll be doing a lot more training wearing it.
It wasn't long before I was humming this tune in my head.
Strolling along country roads with my baby
It starts to rain, it begins to pour
Without an umbrella we're soaked to the skin
I feel a shiver run up my spine
I feel the warmth of his hand in mine . . . . . . .
Let's just say that one time around the loop was all the walking we did. The wind was blowing so hard we couldn't hear each other talking! And no, I didn't have my cheap plastic poncho in the big honkin' fanny pack, but I will come November!
I also realized that all future Komen walks will be in cities with nice climates. Walking in the blowing rain is no fun . . . . . . even with the one you love!
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