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39.3 Miles - Using Fitness Runs and Walks to Help You Stay Fit

Posted Apr 06 2009 7:38pm

This weekend I participated in the Avon Breast Cancer walk. This is a yearly event for me and some of my teacher friends.

While my legs are a bit tired today, it was a fabulous weekend. We started early Saturday morning and walked 26.2 miles. Then Sunday we got up early again, just to walk another 13.1. While I've always been in good shape, I was really glad I've been working so hard on my legs and my balance as the walk was long, the wind was strong and my legs really needed the extra strength. There was no rain and the sun was quite bright (notice my tan in the picture!) so I'm not gonna complain about the 30 mph winds on the overpasses.

One of the most uplifting things about the walk is talking to survivors and knowing that this walk, and all of the ones before it have helped them. It makes the journey more personal. For this reason I encourage everyone to help others by taking part in a fun run, or some other fitness event for charity.

Two of my teacher friends tell me the only way they stay fit and plan on working out daily is they know that this walk is always ahead of them. Knowing it's coming is their reason to hit the gym and to walk those extra laps everyday. If you are having trouble sticking to those fitness goals, then find a local 5K walk or run and start training for it. You help yourself stay fit, and best of all, you help others. It's a Win/Win situation.
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