Why I quit running and trained to walk a half-marathon

carrera1When I tell my friends I am training for Sunday’s NYC Half marathon, they usually admire my efforts and wish me luck.

Then I add I am walking the route from Central Park through Times Square to South Street Seaport on March 20, and I detect a huge drop in their enthusiasm. They don’t say it, but I clearly hear: “Big whoop. I can do that.”

Maybe they can just roll out of bed and walk 13.1 miles, but I doubt it. I couldn’t. With no training, it’s hard on the feet and the psyche.

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