Over the last 10 weeks, I’ve walked 113.3 km in 24 hours and 50 minutes. I’ve reached my goal speed, and now I’m working on extending the length of my walks. Within a few weeks I should reach my goal to walk 10km in under 2 hours.
Why am I doing this?
I want to bring UPLIFT to Ottawa to reduce depression in people with epilepsy.
UPLIFT is a proven program in which groups of 6-8 people with epilepsy meet by teleconference for an hour a week over 8 weeks to develop the tools to reduce depression and anxiety. It is proven to have an impact even months after the program concludes.
1 in 4 adults with epilepsy have active depression. This program can help.
I’m happy to report that Peter Andrews and Laura Johnstone are joining me in this fitness challenge. Peter is training to run 10k and Laura is going to walk at least 10,000 steps every day until July 1st. Collectively we are Team Epilepsy and our goal is to raise $2,000.
Keep an eye out for training updates from Laura and Peter.
I’m entering my sixth week of training. I walked almost 7k in 90 minutes on Saturday and it was tough. I was recovering from that walk for the rest of the day. It convinced me to slow down my training a bit. I’ll continue to work on increasing my speed in intervals during the week, but I’ll stick with 60 minute walks on the weekends until I can comfortably walk at a brisk pace for most of that hour. Once I build up my endurance a bit, I’ll try 90 minutes again.
I have to say, the longer walks on the weekend make the 30 minute workouts during the week fly by. I hope it means that after I hit my goal, it’ll feel like second nature to do a 30-minute fitness walk five times a week.
This Week’s Goals
Walk 30 minutes for 4 days and 60 minutes on the fifth day