(The following is a guest post from my mother regarding our determination to run the Warrior Dash in Arizona next spring. This is the second in a series – see Valkyrie in Training #1 and tune in for updates!)
Warrior Dash Valkyrie in Training #2
Walking in my neighborhood comes with challenges. Pappy says I am “arming up” when I go out to walk. I laugh and realize he is right. I don’t leave home without a phone, my ID, and a canister of pepper spray as minimum equipment. Recently, I added a pair of 1 pound weights and worked my way up to 2 pounds. My arms get a good workout while I am walking.
It is dark when I start my walk, and early; about 20 minutes before sunrise this time of year. It is also over 85 degrees, hence the early start. When I leave my house, I am usually thinking of the 2 footed predators, ending the night’s prowl hung over and cranky. So, I avoid major streets; I don’t want to have to dodge flying beer cans and mean remarks.
My neighborhood is natural desert and we have an abundance of wildlife. Coyotes and
bobcats are the most prevalent predator around my house. Of course, snakes abound as well as lizards, rabbits, quail, and smaller prey items. I do not fear any of the above listed critters. They behave in predictable ways and are easily avoidable as long as they are not sick, injured, or guarding young. Having lived here a while, I know what to expect from a healthy animal and how to stay safe. The occasional mountain lion will get my attention. Arming up is a way to make sure I do not become a prey item on the menu.
My training was modified the last few weeks in September. My workouts included sprinting through airports, climbing up and down on ladders, rolling paint onto walls, and cabinet creeping. (You would have to have been there.) Even without regular walks, the extra activity resulted in a small weight loss. The count is now at 40 pounds. The reward has been a boost in confidence. Some of that new-found confidence has been the result of my husband admiring the fit of my newly purchased jeans. Shopping is becoming fun again. 🙂
Since I last posted, 4 women have added themselves to our team. Now we are 6. Two of them are around my age and self-identify as “geezers”. The other two are closer
to my daughter’s age and we (the geezers) have dubbed them the “geezettes”. No, there probably will not be a t-shirt. So, 6 of us will do the Warrior Dash together. We have enlisted a couple of our men to provide support in the way of transportation, photography, and cheering. Six months and counting.