There has been this sorta crazy idea forming in my head ever since I ran across the finish line at my half marathon (after walking a large portion of it).
I was always fine with walking during running, but I never saw walking as something challenging in and of itself. But then I spent the entire second half of my half walking and every part of my body was sore. I was exhausted. I had to keep pushing myself to take another step. I was in more pain and more mentally exhausted than after my 12 mile training run. I quickly realized—walking is no joke. Doing anything for 13.1 miles is no joke.
Soon after I had my half marathon medal in hand, I had a thought pop in my head—I could walk a marathon. I’ve never really had any interest in running a marathon. I’ll leave the extreme distance running to my ultramarathoning brother, but the thought of walking 26.2 miles definitely perked up my interest. I’ve said it before on here and I’ll say it again now, I love walking. Unlike running, I actually enjoy walking enough that I feel like I could push through a long-term, long-distance training schedule without getting too burnt out. And I think I would be so proud crossing that finish line after walking for over seven hours (how could I not be?).
So where does that leave me? I’m not sure. I think it maybe time to dive into my research mode. I know that walker-friendly marathons are pretty few and far between, so it might end up being a lost cause (as much as I’d love to travel to Honolulu to do their super walker-friendly marathon, I just don’t think that’s in the cards). Mostly, I just want some fun future goal to think about while my ankles are still too weak to do anything more than walk 1/4 mile a day. Looking forward instead of dwelling on what I can’t do! 🙂