Have you ever considered walking a marathon?

It’s something I’ve been seriously thinking about.

I know that there are quite a few Iowa Avenue readers who compete in marathons, and are even triathletes.

Quite a few, also, are training for both marathons and triathlons.

I want to “fitness walk” a marathon.

Fitness walking is much more than a stroll or nature walk. When fitness walking, you incorporate the muscles of the upper body, making it a great aerobic activity. Because more muscles are used, it burns calories much quicker than less aggressive walking. It also tones muscles in the buttocks, thighs, hips, shoulders, upper back, and abs. Most fitness walkers average about 12 to 15 minutes per mile.

To pursue my goal, I increased my walking duration and frequency—increasing my distance each week by 40%, from 12 miles per week to 20 miles per week.

My muscles are a little sore, but nothing that prevents me from walking the next day. I’m extremely surprised I don’t feel more tired, but I don’t.

However, it is important to know your body’s limitations so that you avoid common sports injuries. Pay attention to your body. I am.

I’m sure that most Sports Medicine professionals would voice the same cautions.

My plan is to increase my mileage about 10% per week for the next 6 weeks.

I map each of my routes, so I know how many miles I’m walking.

How do I do this?

My Beach Walk

Why am I doing this?

I’ve asked myself this question several times, the best answer I can give you is this:

Because, this is what I want to do.

Over the years, I’ve watched many marathons and always wondered why they do it.

Why do people put themselves through that much training, the hours of exercise, and a grueling schedule?

For me, it’s a dream and a challenge.

Soon, I’ll be 50 years old.

Am I doing this to prove something to myself?

You bet.

But, it’s not only about getting older. It’s about turning up the fire, and put it into an exercise program.

It’s about getting me into the best shape I can. It’s about proving that I can do it.

Is life over at 50?

It’s the beginning of the best third half of my life.

My plan is to “fitness walk” the LA Marathon which will be held on March 1, 2009.

What about you? What fitness challenges are you facing? Have you ever considered training for a marathon?

I’d love to hear about it, because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

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