Training Days

Day Zero

I have just made a commitment to do something that terrifies me. At the end of this month, I am joining my eldest daughter and some family friends on the Camino de Santiago.  Some background for the uninitiated:  for over a thousand years, pilgrims have been making...

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Day 1

A sunny, yet chilly March morning dawns.  Today is the day I will take that single step and begin my “stroll,” as it were.  A friend of mine suggested that I call it that (as opposed to, say, the Bataan death march) in order to keep positive about the now 240+...

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Days 2 – 4

Chaperoning a school band trip to Disneyland Paris.  Seven-hours on a bus with rambunctious teens.  Oh joy.  To my credit, when the bus stops at the base at the N.A.T.O. Base (SHAPE) in Belgium, I beg off the long lunch line at the bowling alley/burger joint and go...

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Day 5

Monday morning.  I officially have 3 weeks left to whip myself into something resembling shape before we fly to Spain.  I’m told that the U.S. Army assigns a “battle buddy” to every recruit on the first day of basic training.  You and this person are glued at the hips...

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Day 6

Ventured out by myself this morning and walked for 1 hour and 46 mins.  I covered 8.6 kilometers, which equals 5.3 miles.  I’m more tired today that I was yesterday, can definitely feel the exertion today.  Am stretching really well during my cool down and hydrating. ...

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Day 7

Walk #1:  4.37 kilometers in 1:03  A midday walk begins at my friend KW’s house in Brunssum, NL. KW is the spouse of an Air Force officer and is the mother of two boys.  She and I met through the Catholic women’s group on base where she struck me immediately as a warm...

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