Training Diaries: 3 Day Weekend = 3 Long Walks

Read on for the chronicles of Lolo, Angus and Cyn-city as they train for the Capital Challenge Walk 50K on September 20-21, 2014. Each walker must raise $1500 in order to participate, so if you’d like to do them a solid and help us get closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, consider donating to their fundraising efforts. MS is BS!

MAY 24, 2014

Distance: 4.22 miles
Hood: Alexandria
Scenic Highlight: Old Town Waterfront
Walkers: Ange, Lolo and Cynthia

Song: Iggy Azalea “Fancy”

This was Cynthia’s first outing in preparation for the Capital Challenge Walk, and she was blazing for the gold. We chatted about the ins and outs of what actually happens for the 50K during our walk along the Waterfront of Old Town, all the way to the Wilson Bridge and back. We also established that paying $50 to ride in a VIP seat on the new ferris wheel is not even remotely cool in that the upgrade gets you a glass-bottomed car. Epic FAIL. MS is BS finished things off with a power breakfast at Teaism and some salty oat cookies. Because that’s how we roll.

MAY 25, 2014

Distance: 9.96 miles
Hood: Arlington
Scenic Highlight: Rolling Thunder on 66, BonAir Rose Garden
Walkers: Ange and Lolo

Every time you set foot on the trail, you have to be open to new sights, sounds and surprises. For all of the years that my mom and I have logged miles on the W&OD Trail (and stopped to take in the fragrant blooms at the BonAir Rose Garden, we’ve yet to walk over 66 at the same moment that a cohort of hundreds of bikes cruised under the pedestrian bridge on Memorial Day. We waved at the bikers with other onlookers as they rode into DC, reminding us all of the great cost of our freedom. I had to pick Lee Greenwood as the song for the walk as it is one of my mom’s all-time favorites. God bless the USA!

MAY 26, 2014

Distance: 4.77 miles
Hood: Alexandria
Scenic Highlight: Lion Sculpture Menagerie
Walkers: Ange and Lolo
Today’s walk was all about recovery – we (meaning I) had lofty goals for an 8 mile loop from Arlington to Roosevelt Island and back, but with the 10 miles from the day before, Mom (wisely) suggested that we do 4 miles around the neighborhood. We ended up doing a little under 5 miles under the toasty sun, and managed to catch a pride of lions before heading home.

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