The 2016 ChallengeWalk for the National MS Society at Savannah, GA was my first experience doing something like this. Despite the blisters and callouses, I would have gamed on if the medical staff hadn’t recommended to me–strongly, I might add–that I take it easy on Day 2 after that six miles of suffering and done the full 50 miles. In the end, I managed to get 37.5 miles of the official course, but my Fitbit Charge HR wristband actually counted a total of 45 miles for those three days!
Walking in Downtown Savannah was quite a nightmare with all those broken up cobblestones, tricky sign posts, uneven curbs, and what not. The last time the callous under the ball of my foot ever got that bad was when I went on a service project with Gardner-Webb University’s Student Activities during Fall Break 2014 to New York City. We had the Terry Fox 5K Run for Cancer Research in Central Park, which wasn’t too bad, but then accounting for sight-seeing on the streets of Manhattan, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on foot. . . the callous was quite developed under the left foot. However, for this ChallengeWalk it was even worse.
On the fundraising front, I managed to raise $705.00 on my own through online fundraising, and my sister’s school, Lake Norman Charter School, set up a leadership project with the National Honor’s society, who decided to host a Dodgeball Tournament and raised over $500 in that endeavor.
I am planning to do the ChallengeWalk again for 2017, but plan to train a little differently for that one. For this year’s, I used the treadmill mostly; however for next year’s, I plan to try and find walking trails that can help my feet develop the strength needed to deal with Downtown Savannah’s course–as Skidaway and Tybee were pretty easy. I also plan to start the fundraising planning earlier but not actually implement until November before other other fundraising campaigns going on.
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