Walk a marathon with me? She enquired.
Hells yes! I responded.
1. You’ll realize (again) how you think differently from the rest of the world. Even my hardcore runner friends thought I was nuts.
They told me *repeatedly* how they’d never be capable of walking 26.2 miles. They told me *repeatedly* how much harder it would be than even Galloway (run/walk intervals). They told me *repeatedly* they didn’t think they could do it. I was convinced I could. Each time I thought: I’m walking the Oakland marathon! I felt badass.
2. Walking 26.2 feels attainable. Sure it’s a crazypants idea, yet each time you utter the word *walk* you can simultaneously say to yourself “How bad can it be? I walk every damn day!”
On top of that (and this was the best piece of advice I received) more than long, long training runs (yuck) walking 26.2 is about time spent on your feet. Early morning ambles lasting 6 hours? That entirely sounded attainable! Training run of 20 miles? Nope, never, I couldn’t ever.
In addition, early in the process I read somewhere 26.2 miles equaled 55k steps. 55k? I thought that sounded entirely doable.
3. It’s not running. I’m strong. I feel as though I am capable of doing anything as long as it doesn’t involve running.
Lift heavy things/set them back down, re-learn to roller skate, climb walls, stand up paddle, strap on bouncy boots—I can do all of it! If you ever see me running then something baaad is coming up behind me. You best run too.
4. Walkers get a medal…and the whole flipping marathon experience. I did not feel ‘less than’ during the marathon weekend in the slightest! Heading into it I knew *I* believed it’s as good if not better—but so did everyone else! I’m not one to care what others think yet will admit the fact I didn’t have to ‘defend’ my ambulating choice felt great.
5. It’s an UNBELIEVABLE sense of accomplishment. I rock at complimenting myself. I kickass at acknowledging all the things I do well and at telling myself (and others) about these stuffs. It had been ages since I’d done anything where people (strangers!) cheered me on in a literal sense and it felt fantastic! I cannot think of the last time I stepped up to a challenge, entirely wondered if I’d succeed and DID–publicly!
Even though completing a marathon was never on my bucket list (and may not be on yours) the sense of pride I had at finishing was unparalleled.
As I crossed the finish line, even though I’d achieved my goal of walking 26+ miles and still having ‘energy left in the tank’, my first thought was:
Fun! Nailed it! Never again!
As I told the Child the next morning (when I woke up shockingly soreness-free except my second toes):
I’ll never do another marathon. I love my feet too much.
Apparently marathon-walking is precisely like having a child (who knew?).
A few weeks later and, no nails lost (!) and I’ve signed up for another.
New goal added (finish strong *and* with happy 2nd toes on both feet) and, again, telling myself this is the last time.
Bea saysMay 10, 2017 at 4:42 am
I could never LOL but I loved following your adventure on Facebook!!
Annmarie saysMay 10, 2017 at 4:52 am
Oh no, you caught the race bug! 😉 Congrats on walking it – what an amazing accomplishment!!!
messymimi saysMay 10, 2017 at 5:16 am
Congratulations on doing it! My work schedule wouldn’t give me time to train, maybe i could do a 10k. It’s an intriguing idea.
Susie @ Suzlyfe saysMay 10, 2017 at 6:13 am
MCM Mama saysMay 10, 2017 at 6:13 am
Marathons are definitely like childbirth. It’s amazing how fast you remember only the good part of it.
I’ve run marathons and psuedo galloway’d marathons. I get bored walking to the store… So, hats off to you for walking the marathon! If you promised I could talk your ear off for 26.2, I might be willing to join you. LOL
Rachel saysMay 10, 2017 at 6:29 am
I admit, I thought you were nuts for walking a marathon. Mostly because running a marathon is torture so I can’t imagine walking one… 🙂 Welcome to the club! You’ve officially been bitten by the race bug.
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home saysMay 10, 2017 at 7:21 am
Good for you!!! I never thought about walking a marathon until MILF runner (remember her?) did one after her hip replacement. Yes you can!
Marcia saysMay 10, 2017 at 8:44 am
Ooooh she’s slipping into the vortex….
I was one of those people who said “I could never” when walking a marathon came up. Running is so ingrained in me it’s just what I do. I super love that you’re wanna do another!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious saysMay 10, 2017 at 10:39 am
WOW I am so inspired by this. I think we’ve talked before that I’ve walked several races and you have too, but I never imagined doing a marathon. Giving me so much hope here!
Renee Stambaugh saysMay 10, 2017 at 11:00 am
Run marathon…check.. you did it, so you don’t need to do it again…unless you want to. You go girl!
Smitha @ Running with SD Mom saysMay 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm
You are amazing!
Sandra Laflamme saysMay 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm
Haha! It’s addictive . . . the sense of accomplishment! Love that you walked the whole thing!!! An awesome achievement and you are such a great role model!!!
AdjustedReality saysMay 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm
🙂 🙂 🙂 Yay! I’ve never done Austin. Maybe someday, but my house is SO CLOSE to mile 18.5 of the course I think I’d be tempted to go home instead of finishing. 😛
FYI, I bet you finished your marathon faster than I finished my marathon for the Ironman… and I ran some of it… 🙂
Jody - Fit at 59 saysMay 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm
I love you did it & I will never say never but not right now or in the future for me. 🙂 Thx for taking us along!
Farrah saysMay 10, 2017 at 8:45 pm
hehehe, I think this is the only way I could ever commit to finishing a marathon. 😛 I think I’ve done >30k steps before but probably not 55! Congrats on finishing! :]
jody saysMay 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm
Way to go! I’ve ran a few…..and honestly the pain of walking so long versus just running gets me every time! THIS has to be harder!
Debbie saysMay 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm
I loved watching your adventure. I guess both walking and running a marathon is like that child thing. I remember very well saying “never again” after my first. Then, a week later, trying to figure out how to do it better.
Johnna saysMay 11, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Yes, marathon finishers tend to forget how miserable the experience may have been. I know I laid in bed for a few days after my last one, but I’m already thinking about my next one. Hmmm…
Olivia saysMay 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm
How special! Where did you get your race pictures?
Abby @BackatSquareZero saysMay 21, 2017 at 7:50 pm
So awesome – I have walked a marathon before and man it is a long way to walk, but it is a long way to run too.