Homer's Travels: A Few Steps Passed The Goal

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Few Steps Passed The Goal

At the beginning of the year I set an informal goal of walking 500 miles before I went on my Camino.  I am pleased to report that I reached that training goal a whole month ahead of schedule.

I reached the goal during my walk today.   My original plan was to do a fifteen mile walk to just cross the 500 mile point.  I plan my hikes using Google Maps and I've found that the distance estimates are always off a little bit.  This time the error wasn't Google Map's fault.  I chose a route that, I discovered too late, crossed a bridge without biking/walking lanes.  Not wanting to risk my life dodging traffic I decided to detour around the bridge.  I figured the detour would add a mile or so to my original route.  Boy was I wrong.  I ended up walking 19.31 miles (31 km) - almost four miles farther than I'd planned ... on a day with temps of 90°F plus ... and blue skies.  That sun felt heavy on my shoulders.

I think I came close to heat stroke a few times avoiding them by stopping at convenience stores to buy liquids.  Everything ended well.  I'm a little bit sore and my legs are a bit wobbly but my feet feel decent.  I have a strange rash where my socks were - not sure what's up with that.  Doesn't itch and it is already fading.  Probably a heat rash.

The most important thing is that I did manage to cross the 500 mile goal (505 miles as of today) and I think I may even make it to 600 by the end of August (almost three times the amount of training walks I did before my 2011 Camino).  Add in the estimated 600 miles I will be doing on the Camino and I am on the way to walking close to 1,200 miles this year.

1,200 miles.  I will be very happy with that number.  50% better than my last annual record and half of an Appalachian Trail.  Nothing like progress to make you feel awesome.  And now ... I just need to get some sleep.

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