Well, it looks like it’s that time of week again. Wow–these weeks are just flying by! Friday Follow Ups are my attempts to log the miles around Portland and maybe show off a few pics I took along the way.
Because the weekend of the 8-10 involved one heavy day of walking and the other two without, I’m combining the days into one post.
Friday I deliberately took off from my exercise routine, since I knew I was going to be walking a half marathon on Saturday. I didn’t even go to the gym, and I normally do on Fridays! So Friday is boring walking-wise, as I only did a tiny bit to take my doggie out for his potty time.
Friday I walked 2.22 miles.
Saturday was THE day. Yep. In honor of the Helvetia Half Marathon that I was too broke to sign up for, I decided to walk my own dang half-marathon. So I did. It was friggin’ awesome.
I don’t think most people would describe walking 13.1 miles as “friggin’ awesome”, but then, I’m not most people. I actually had a really, really good time on this walk. I was trying to get it done in 5 hours. Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account the fact that I like to snap pictures, which is time consuming, or that I would have my dog along for the first leg, which is time consuming as well, since dogs gotta smell the pee-mail. And of course, I didn’t take into account the fact that I would lose my tripod walking stick during a potty stop at Safeway and that I would have to backtrack and search all over the store to find it. But the worst thing was the route. I chose a very hilly route (up and down up and down up and down over and over ad nauseum), which took me a lot longer to walk.
So the entire thing took me 6 hours. I was still pretty happy with that, because the last 4-5 miles were actually my fastest miles, as I was afraid I wouldn’t make my destination (Lucky Lab Brewery on Hawthorne) in time. I had Micah post on facebook that I was going to be there at 2pm and I was afraid I was going to be late.
The last time I walked a half marathon (which I believe was in 2005, since I think that in 2009 during my walk then I came pretty close to doing a half marathon during the day, but never quite reached it), I felt like someone had beaten the crap out of me afterwards. I even lost a toenail from a super bad blister. This time around I didn’t get a single blister and I felt fine. A little pooped, but fine. I probably could have kept walking if I had needed to. I think the fact that I’ve been training longer this time around probably helped. My gym time the last month probably helped, too. Ironically, I think I was around the same weight I am now the last time I walked a half marathon. So that’s kind of cool. That means I’m in a bit better shape right now.
I think my feet handled it better this time because I took some extra precautions. About mid-way through, I replaced the moleskin that was starting to wear off and changed into a fresh pair of socks and shoes. I think it made all the difference.
Once I got to Lucky Lab, I ordered myself a hard apple cider in celebration. Yay! Woof. I think I drank it too fast, because I was in a hurry to get home and help my honey work on his filming project. The cider gave me the burps and my head felt funny. 🙂 But the filming project went really well!
I took a bunch of pictures during the walk, so enjoy!
Saturday I walked 13.33 miles total.
Sunday, I didn’t do too much walking. Mostly just walking the dog. I wanted to give myself a little recovery time from Saturday (though I didn’t really feel like I needed it much, I still thought it would be a good idea). Instead, I went to a friend’s house and we had a game day. We play tested one of my games and had a really fun time!
Sunday I walked 3.68 miles.