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post Dec 14 2003, 06:50 PM
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Today was my second training march for Nijmegen 2004. Nijmegen is basically a 100 mile odd walk, done in four days, in Holland. With a visit to Amsterdam afterwards biggrin.gif but anyway!
So, two weeks ago we did 12 miles, and i was ok, a little sorefooted maybe. Today, we did 16 miles, almost cross country, on mud grass gravel and concrete. For the last 6 miles, my leg decided to seize up (the left one more) and i was in a lot of pain, plus because i have tiny legs i find it hard to keep up when we "step out" (lengthen the stride).
But, (and this is my proud bit) i kept going right to the very end with everyone else, even though in that 6 miles four people did drop out. Therefore, i am extremely proud, it's the hardest i've ever had to push myself and i'm really happy!! laugh.gif
Although in a lot of pain dry.gif
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post Dec 14 2003, 07:05 PM
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/me rubs your feetsies

Good job. I'm glad that you're able to push yourself. I'm proud that you didn't drop out either. You get happy snuggles! /me happy snuggles
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post Dec 14 2003, 07:13 PM
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awww *blushes* thanks hunni *snuggles back*


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post Dec 14 2003, 07:24 PM
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Great job, pie fairy! Way to push yourself, etc. That is truly an admirable goal. Keep up the good work! (/me sounds like a bad juniour high school gym teacher broken record thingee, but oh well.)


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post Dec 15 2003, 04:49 PM
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Oh wow, that's great. I hope you find it easier in the real thing and that nothing painful happens to you again smile.gif *hugs!* How long's the next practice? Or will I just get you depressed by thinking about it?

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post Dec 15 2003, 04:57 PM
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Well done!

Many years ago, I used to do an annual walk for charity - 60 miles over 2 days. I'd have trouble walking for the next week, and sitting down would be difficult.

One thing that I did find helped was to rub my feet with surgical spirit (on cotton wool) daily for a few weeks beforehand - it hardened up the skin on the feet, and make them much less susceptible to blisters. You may want to do that in the weeks leading up to the walk.


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post Dec 15 2003, 04:57 PM
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the next one's 20 miles....ooooooooer unsure.gif
but i'm going to practice on my own and with my friends that are doing it, and maybe it'll be ok if i don't get weirdy leg cramp next time!! thanks *hugs*


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post Dec 15 2003, 04:59 PM
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QUOTE (Jonman @ Dec 15 2003, 04:56 PM)
One thing that I did find helped was to rub my feet with surgical spirit (on cotton wool) daily for a few weeks beforehand - it hardened up the skin on the feet, and make them much less susceptible to blisters. You may want to do that in the weeks leading up to the walk.

good idea, they hadn't suggested that...will try it in january, thanks jonman!
(where do you get your semi-infinite knowledge from?! i want to be your padwan biggrin.gif )


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post Dec 15 2003, 05:04 PM
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QUOTE (the lil' pie fairy @ Dec 15 2003, 09:58 AM)
QUOTE (Jonman @ Dec 15 2003, 04:56 PM)
One thing that I did find helped was to rub my feet with surgical spirit (on cotton wool) daily for a few weeks beforehand - it hardened up the skin on the feet, and make them much less susceptible to blisters. You may want to do that in the weeks leading up to the walk.

good idea, they hadn't suggested that...will try it in january, thanks jonman!
(where do you get your semi-infinite knowledge from?! i want to be your padwan biggrin.gif )

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post Dec 15 2003, 05:09 PM
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go pie!!!! me loves you more and more! my advice is dont stay off your feet even when they hurt, it causes more pain later (at least to my experiences) soak in ice water and badgage up any blisters and wear double enforced socks, way da go you!


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post Dec 15 2003, 11:40 PM
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Great going! I know a few people, cadet types, who have done Nijmegen in the past, and they said it was damn tough going. From the sounds of it though, you'll be more than ready by the time you go and do it. Keep up the training and good luck to you!

I'm sure you've been told this already, but success depends on a good pair of sturdy walking boots. Get some Gore-Tex Berghaus ones if you can. Uber-nifty. And one of those equally uber-nifty Platypus drinking tube things. That's if you can afford the extortionate prices that those outdoorsy type shops charge. Also, if you don't mind looking like a grunt, wear loads of webbing pouches instead of a rucksack, it'll take the strain off of your back, and make it 100 times easier to get at snacks and stuff.

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post Dec 16 2003, 10:07 AM
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Awww, well done Pie! I'm dead proud of ya biggrin.gif

I can't give ya any advice, cos you'll never catch me walkin much more than 100 yards! laugh.gif But I can give ya an e-foot rub to ease those achin tootsies.

/me gives Pie much huggles and a foot rub


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post Dec 16 2003, 03:29 PM
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QUOTE (Daedalus @ Dec 15 2003, 11:39 PM)
Great going! I know a few people, cadet types, who have done Nijmegen in the past, and they said it was damn tough going. From the sounds of it though, you'll be more than ready by the time you go and do it. Keep up the training and good luck to you!

I'm sure you've been told this already, but success depends on a good pair of sturdy walking boots. Get some Gore-Tex Berghaus ones if you can. Uber-nifty. And one of those equally uber-nifty Platypus drinking tube things. That's if you can afford the extortionate prices that those outdoorsy type shops charge. Also, if you don't mind looking like a grunt, wear loads of webbing pouches instead of a rucksack, it'll take the strain off of your back, and make it 100 times easier to get at snacks and stuff.

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yeps, them platypuses are nifty indeed...apart from the obvious and unavoidable "dya want a suck on me end?" jokes biggrin.gif
i've got semtex boots (sp) so i'm pretty much sorted there, but i'll look into the berghaus just in case, thanks cool.gif and i'm glad you think i'll be ok!

*huggles phoenix* you're a sweetie, you sweetie! i will, thanks for ice water thingy.

last but not least....*mwa at leo* thanks hubby, me loves ya muchly wub.gif wub.gif


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post Dec 16 2003, 03:53 PM
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Ooo yes I remember you mentioning this in a PM. Are you MAD woman! ohmy.gif

I'm just too darn lazy although I have done my fair share of running when I wasn't such an old woman! rolleyes.gif

Keep it up and good luck and all that! tongue.gif


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Nice one Lil'Pie. I assume there is a charity sponsorship arrangement going on for the walk rather than just doing it for a bit of a challenge?

Jon's tip is a good one, I've heard it from various places myself.


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post Dec 17 2003, 09:38 AM
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well, we got out as part of the british military contingent, and we pay for our travel and stuff. i don't think there is an official charity thing, at least i've never heard about it.
but, that's a brilliant idea, and i think i'm going to look into getting sponsored by friends and family and my school etc.
does anyone have a particular charity they think would be a good one to raise money for next july??


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go you! heh im mailing you right now but good luck with your walking thing... lord knows i couldnt do it.


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post Dec 17 2003, 02:34 PM
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QUOTE (monkey_called_narth @ Dec 17 2003, 01:04 PM)
go you! heh im mailing you right now but good luck with your walking thing... lord knows i couldnt do it.

you're mailing me?? what, the pretty envelope?? yay!!! biggrin.gif laugh.gif


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QUOTE (the lil' pie fairy @ Dec 17 2003, 02:33 PM)
QUOTE (monkey_called_narth @ Dec 17 2003, 01:04 PM)
go you! heh im mailing you right now but good luck with your walking thing... lord knows i couldnt do it.

you're mailing me?? what, the pretty envelope?? yay!!! biggrin.gif laugh.gif

yes the pretty envolpoe that is probbibly way over stamped (6 first class, i didnt know how much the postage would be) and im expecting a pm when it arivves and my pudding!!!!


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post Dec 18 2003, 10:32 AM
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you'll get a pm straight away!! but i got to ask jonman about something to do with that....*toodles off*


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post Jan 19 2004, 09:00 AM
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Right...well, considering i can't walk today and i'm stuck at home, i thought i'd stick an update here for those of you that are interested! tongue.gif
Yesterday was the 20-miler. It went better than the last one, in terms of not having weirdy leg-cramp because i drank lots of water, but my boots killed my feet and i'm not very happy with them so i'll be off to get some magnums soon (preferred type of boot amongst people that have done the whole thing before).
Plus, the singing kept me going, and the fact that i realised we'd done a mile everytime we saw the minibus *embarrassed*. So, i sang really loud at the end as we marched into base 'cause i wasat the front with my friend Matt. And scared everyone that knows me cause i refuse to shout normally and they could all hear me and ran biggrin.gif
So yep, it went ok! Just 25 then 8 to do now...over two days... blink.gif

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You're very.. errr... not me.

I could never do that. (darn me and my 94lb weakling body)..... (and my filthy habits)...


Amazing. I'm the kind who doesn't need to work out for anything other than a run here or there for charity, so I have no advice for you. Drink lots of water, don't wait untill you're thirsty, then you're already dehydrated. I know everyone knows, but it has to be stressed. Drink lots of water.
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20 mile eh? i would'nt get that much exercise in a whole year! laugh.gif nice one, lil' pie.


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post Mar 8 2004, 03:57 PM
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updating again rolleyes.gif

well, for the last two, we haven't had the accommodation to do two days, so we've just walked 25 miles on the saturday and had sunday to recover. the first time i found hard, but got through it without event, just the near loss of a toenail blink.gif

this saturday just gone, we only did 22 because of delay (we witnessed a car accident as we were lined up waiting to cross the road...all you heard was a chorus of "s***!" and "son of a...." from us. the staff had to give statements and the like. if the car had gone right rather than left, quite a few of us wouldn't be here, probably including me unsure.gif )
surprisingly, i can walk fine and my feet don't really have any sore points, which is a first, and one i'm damn proud of biggrin.gif looks like this training malarky is paying off!
just to let you all know smile.gif


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Well done Pie! I don't think I could have managed the 16 mile, let alone do a further 45 (or 43). *gives you a pie to eat and a pie for the feet*

I wish I had uber cool boot tips or advice, but I'm just here spamming away because I am proud of this lil pie. biggrin.gif


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