The walk to Isengard

Monday, March 31, 2008

Is lovely so far, thank you. I figure I must have crossed that big field where they had the big battle in Return of the King and I'm somewhere in the hills by now.

And I know I haven't been doing the weights this week -- I decided to hold off, get the body back into the swing of regular exercise with the walking, then I'll start the weights again tomorrow. It also has something to do with my mild OCD and liking to start new things on a Monday. I never said I was normal.

Speaking of walking, I've been doing it for over a week now with three days off (one day off a week is perfectly acceptable as a recovery day -- I think I can stick to that now), and I'm now at the point where I can do a solid 40 minutes without excessive panting, pain and desire for a quick death. I figure I'll keep up at this rate for a couple more weeks, let the legs and feet get acclimatized to the distance, then I'll see if I can bump it up to 50 minutes. The ultimate goal is an hour a day, although if things are busy I'll fall back to 40-50 minutes. I also didn't have a lot of back pain today, although I suspect not wearing a heavy leather jacket may have had something to do with that.

By the way, I would like to say in public that Walt is my hero -- go look at this post to see what he's accomplished in the last 18 months. In 18 months from now, I would very much like to be posting similar pictures.

Sunday's total mileage: 526.32 miles to Isengard.


Walt said...

Thanks for the shout out. All the praise makes me want to work harder for where I want to be.

You're doing so well yourself. It took me a long time before I could build up to a solid 30 minute walk without feeling like my legs were on fire. The winter is killing me because i can't get out and walk as much as I want. The warmer weather is just around the corner, though. It can't get here soon enough.

Walt said...

By the way, can I plug your blog on the podcast or the podcast site?

Melanie said...

Oh, hell yes -- if anyone wants to follow along with my wibblings, they're most certainly welcome. As we have established already, I have no shame. :-D