Training Diaries: The Hills are Alive

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 31, 2014

Distance: 6.87 miles
Hood: Arlington/Alexandria
Scenic Highlight: Fort Ward
Walkers: Ange

Song: Flying Lotus – Stonecutters and Calvin Harris – Summer

The true 12th man of the Challenge Walk is weather. I remember some glorious years where the temp was cool and it remained deliciously overcast, making the miles fly by. And those vicious routes where the blazing sun helped to roast your upper body as your feet screamed at you for prolonging the torture. Training is all about preparing for the worst, but I have to tell you, this morning’s weather was so delicious that the walk could hardly be called a challenge. Not to mention the fact that Grooveshark queued up the perfect songs the moment I hit the bottom of a hill. My feet were driven by bass lines as I powered up Braddock and Walter Reed to Flying Lotus and Calvin Harris. In fact, the only challenge was hair related. You know your ‘fro is too high when it gets repeatedly snagged by low-hanging branches. ?uestlove problems?

June 1, 2014

Distance: 5 miles
Hood: Washington, D.C.
Scenic Highlight: National Zoo
Walkers: Cynthia, Ange and Lolo

Song: Morris Day and the Time – Jungle Love

Rock Creek Park is pretty damn gorgeous on its own, but we decided to up the ante and walk from Peirce Mill into the National Zoo. Aside from the chance to catch animals in their morning routine minus the throngs of visitors, we were able to prepare ourselves for the massive hill that is slated to be on this year’s Challenge Walk route. Somehow it’s a hell of a lot easier to deal with that hill when you know that panda cuteness awaits you at the top.

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