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ONE STEP AT A TIME IS GOOD WALKING
You know, I think I do pretty good with my little half hour walks 2 or 3 times a week, but usually Martin, and sometimes Karin, goes with me and I know I must subconsciously reduce my pace to fit his substantially shorter legs. He's game for the walk and he keeps up just fine, since I don't dawdle, but I know I'm not REALLY pushing myself.

Because today? After power-walking for FIVE KILOMETERS with 9,300 other women through beautiful Pildamms Park in central Malmö (and another 2K from the parking lot and back again) I know exactly which muscles in my body I have not been using on my normal weekday walks.

Ow.

I walked with my friend Debbie the whole way and we also talked the whole way, heads up, arms swinging, as we moved with the herd crowd under the flowering trees and around the big pond. The fountain was spraying away out in the center, a fine mist making rainbows against the blue sky. The sun was shining and so, it seemed, was the entire town. Women chattered and laughed and ran and jogged and walked all around us, moving in a steady stream toward the "goal" where we were handed heavy medals on bright pink lanyards and a bag of goodies. Then we collected our picnic dinners (which were much better this year than I remember from previous events) and found a spot on the grass to sit down and eat.

We sat in a sort of loose figure-eighty circle and passed around packages of tortillas and lettuce and sunflower seeds and cream cheese and sliced turkey and fat tubes of liver paté to make sandwiches with. 2 bottles of carbonated apple cider were opened and poured sparkling golden into white plastic cups. Half of us were American and half of us were English-speakers from other countries: England, Canada, South Africa. Some of these women I've known for years, a few I've met only a couple of times, but we were all glad to be sitting there, feeling accomplished and achey in a productive sort of way.

After sitting on the cool grass for the time it took us to eat, however, it was very hard to get up, and there were several groans and moans from around the circle as people lurched to their feet and began to say their farewells. We hobbled back to the car, stiff and sore. I'll be feeling this tomorrow even more, but it was worth it.

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Kudos to you! I did Vårruset 2 years ago, I think. It was crowded and I was sore when I was done, but I felt very accomplished! You have inspired me to get into shape so that I can do it again, next year.

It's fun. :) I did it several years in a row a few years ago and then other things got in the way for awhile. I'm glad I signed up again this year. It's very invigorating!

Go Liz! I was noticing that I felt that ouch and moaned yesterday in the middle of watching a movie as I got up to go to the bathroom after walking with Jim (read: keeping up with Jim). Yikes. Fortunately I had a massage scheduled for today.
Still ouching?

Nope! Took a couple of Advil before I went to bed, and I feel fine this morning :)

Was this a breast cancer walk? Do they do that sort of thing in other countries?

No, it wasn't. It's a series of run/walks they have all over the country, for women only. The money goes to BRIS which is a children's charity.

I happened to spot a brouchure for Vårruset a few months ago. I read about all the different partners, sponsors and undertakers. You were supposed to get a bunch of samples of certain products too? I remember reading about that and chuckle about one of the sponsors, but I can't remember who or why.

The logic part of me noticed that the sign-up date for the last event - I think it is on Gotland - was well past the first event. So in theory it would be possible for anyone who ran the first one and wanted to try again, to sign-up for one more event afterwards.

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