Training is going well, progressing along nicely. When I’m not outdoors walking with my service dog, I spend the rest of my time training indoors at my home, utilizing a treadmill-desk (think really tall desk with a treadmill underneath) for my walking, and a weight bench/squat rack for olympic-style lifting efforts (as it’s important to me to strengthen those walking muscles in ways other than just walking).
Additionally, I’ve recently purchased the multitude of shoes that I plan on wearing (I’ll be traveling to the UK with six pairs of walking shoes!). While I do much of my walking barefoot to strengthen all of the supporting muscles of my lower body, from my time on the Appalachian Trail I know the importance of breaking in your shoes, and getting your feet used to them, so I’m beginning to work the new equipment into my training regimen as well.
The Walk is continually on my mind, and I can’t help but tell those who I meet how excited I am about embarking on this adventure. While I’m grateful for the opportunity to see the multitude of sights the UK has to offer, I can’t help but feel that I’m once again part of something bigger than myself, knowing in my heart of hearts that this is going to be a life-changing endeavor for all those involved. Ten weeks grouped together with like-minded individuals with similar struggles is going to be an amazing experience, one I’m looking forward to greatly.
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