Last weekend I had to get new walking shoes. I use running shoes which are incredibly comfortable and really easy to walk in. I had worn my first pair out and needed to get some new ones.
I’m going to stop right here for a moment and remind you that you don’t need special shoes for walking as you begin. I started in an old pair of Reeboks that were well worn out two years before I started walking. I used those shoes for almost two years and lost 50 pounds. Use the shoes you have in your closet – just get out there and be active.
So, my adult son, Ryan, goes with me to get the shoes. After we leave the store – and after we go into a toy store (which I just love) – we are driving down the street. Ryan is looking at a magazine that lists running events and he notices there’s a 10K even coming up at the end of October in a local city. He starts talking about entering. Makes sense because he’s a runner and has done some half-marathons. You won’t catch me doing any half-marathons!
He’s reading on and mentions there’s also a 5K walk. Now, I’m thinking, “5K – no problem. I already walk 5K a couple of times a week.”
But, he says he’s going to enter the 10K as a runner. He knows there is no chance that I would ever run in any kind of K. Then, he tells me there’s also a 10K walk in the same event – and I feel him looking at me as I drive.
Knowing where this might head if I wasn’t very careful, I point out a University we were passing and asked if he had applied there for his PhD. I know – good strategy to change the topic, right? Without looking over, he tells me no – which I already knew.
“10K walk, huh?” Giving into the inevitable.
“Yeah, Dad. Wouldn’t it be great to do it together?”
“But, you’d be running. I’d be walking.” A little emphasis on ‘walking.’
“Yeah, but we could do it together. It’ll be great.”
You have to understand that Ryan has just come back to living close to get his PhD after a decade of living very far away. I want to spend time with him. He seems to want to spend time with me. But, it’s 10K! 6.2 miles which is two miles farther than I have walked before.
“It’s only two miles more; and double what I do during the week.” Oh, no…I was beginning to cave.
“Dad, you can Google a training schedule. It’s good to stretch yourself.” Easy for a 32 year-old to say.
After a moment of silence…
“Okay. If you enter for running the 10K, I’ll walk a 10K.”
What was I thinking? Clearly my emotion at having Ryan around was overcoming my common sense. Now, I was committed to walking 6.2 miles – and not at some leisurely pace; at my normal exercise pace. I repeat: 6.2 miles. What was I thinking?
So, now I am putting together a training plan to get myself ready. I don’t have a lot of time and I am not trying to race; just finish with an okay time. The next one…what am I saying?…I will plan for better.
Ryan thinks I can do it. What Father is going to let his son down, right?
All of this because I got Diabetes and decided to walk a little. It seemed so easy at the time. Darn Diabetes!
Now, I don’t expect anyone who walks to get out and do a 5K or a 10K. I just hope you get out and move a bit everyday at some activity you enjoy. Exercise is one of your weapons to wage War On Diabetes.
As always, thank you for reading…and, think of me, please. A slight panic is beginning to settle in.