When planning to walk across America, my first objective was to do some research. You know, talk to people about how they…wait, what? You know, pick the brains of those that, uh, oops, where are those people? Do they exist? Yeah, it isn’t something that you can really research, at least from a living first hand perspective.
So, back to the drawing board. What is it going to take to plan to walk across America. I guess at this point I can only assume. I have no idea what kind of toll it will take on my body, specifically my legs, ankles, knees, and feet. I mean, I’m not 25 years old anymore. Heck, I am not even 35, or 45. I am 55, and will be walking on freshly stented legs. Will they hold up? Will I get blisters on my feet? What will the terrain be like? How about the inclines? Will it be like my treadmill? So many questions, so few answers?
I’ve determined that I have to plan for just about everything. Exhausting heat, frigid cold, unbearable inclines, heck, even animals and bugs that you really don’t want to have to deal with. I will have my trusty back pack and a wife who has the knack of preparing for things (although this one might be a bit different, just saying).
Here is what I came up with, it is February 20th and the walk starts in seven months and eight days. From a training perspective, I am in first gear and I need to push it into second gear quick. I need to get some real street miles in, 10-15 per day. I need to push the core stability training up a notch, and I need a fantastic nutrition plan to not only maintain my already low weight, but increase it a few pounds even during the intensive training. All of this for 6 months of 20 miles a day in heat, cold, wind, and hills.
Can it be done? It has to. This is more than a challenge, it is a calling, and I have committed to it like nothing I have committed to in my life. It is not for me, or even about me. It is for the many people that this walk could potentially inspire to help them make a change in their lives, and to get them to treat their bodies and hearts properly, so that the body and heart responds in kind. It is about changing a culture. It can be done!