Training for ‘Walk the MS Mile’
I’m now training every evening. Getting fitter so I can walk the ‘MS Mile’.
Every evening at about 5 o’clock I’m out training, doing a walk with my rollator. I increase the distance every few days.
D Day is Saturday 12 September and takeoff is at 11.00 outside M & S in Berkhamsted High Street. I’m excited at the thought of trying to walk a mile. That’s the incentive for the training. It is a long time since I undertook anything like this.
Effects of MS
As my MS has continued its inevitable progress I have considered it more and more unlikely that I would be physically capable of anything like the MS Mile. Its late August,I have been training for over 3 weeks and I have reached the stage where I look forward to going out to exercise every evening. Its therapeutic and enjoyable. There is no ‘hop, skip and a jump’ about my progress, walking is now a slow process for me.
Sad to relate there have been a couple of days when I have not been able to go out, other commitments. There was one very hot evening, I was really struggling to make the distance. The effort to lift my left leg and take a step was almost too much. When I had finished and struggled back into the house I was a wreck. I sat down and did nothing for about 20 minutes; it was the heat.
Where do I train?
My training is walking lengths of a cul de sac, it’s just a few yards from home and it’s level. Our house is on a hill so walking along the pavement outside the house is a definite no-no. I reckon end to end the cul-de sac is 50 yards. I count a length as there and back again.
A mile would be 17 1/2 lengths, by D-Day I plan to be able to walk at least 13 lengths. I do my training in the late afternoon, I hope it is not going to be hot on the 12th ‘cos me and the heat are not on good terms with each other.
Counting the lengths
I don’t keep a count in my head of the lengths I have walked, that would be far too difficult for my MS addled brain. Instead I put little pebbles onto the seat of my rollator, one for each length. When I complete a length I chuck a pebble away, so very satisfying. When the seat is empty then I have completed my lengths for the day. Its the same counting method that cricket umpires use for balls bowled in an over.