Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Preparation Update...

Until recently I was averaging 11-12 miles per day walking my usual route.  At one point I circumnavigated southwest Tomball and logged 16.7 miles in one day.  In the days following I began to experience more pain than normal in my left leg.  As it worsened, I saw my sports medicine doctor and underwent an MRI.  Turns out I have scoliosis and some nerve damage in one of my vertebra.  This coming Friday I will undergo electro diagnostic testing to pinpoint the exact location of the problem.  Might be looking at back surgery (for the third time!).  So we are on hold for the time being until we can be reasonably sure I can complete a journey I begin.  Thanks so much for your prayers about this.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Getting Ready...

So glad the weather is cooling down.  Now I can increase my pace of training.  The past several weeks I have managed to walk between 10-12 miles per day.  I always take Sundays off to attend church, visit friends, and watch the Texans win!

Last Thursday, October 4, I achieved a new level---16.6 miles that day.  Took me 7 1/2 hours and I was pleased with that.  Since then I have purchased some Lowa boots which are amazingly comfortable. Next week I will begin to carry a full pack on my daily walks and see how quickly I can adjust.