Doesn't this look exciting?
A flash tee-shirt, a medal and a number bib with my name on it!
It all started with this poster!
What about if I took part in this sports' event?
I've already done this quarter marathon, which is 10.54 km (6.55 miles) twice,
but that was ten years' ago!
Why not again this year?
The sheer thought made me want to do it and I started training right away,
doing a minimum of 10.000 steps a day and mostly doing much more!
The spring weather was perfect: dry, sunny, not too hot.
I walked just everywhere!
I mentioned my intentions to my daughter, who is a regular runner
who usually does running events.
She thought about my participation this year and said that she would join me!
We've never done this together before!
The morning of the big day, I prepared a homemade Birchermuesli
which I made by mixing organic oats, almonds and raisins,
soaked overnight in almond or rice milk.
At the last minute, I added sliced banana and fresh raspberries.
A good energy-giving preparation for our power walking!
Here we are
fresh and full of energy before the quarter marathon!
Here is the walking group at the starting point waiting to get into our stride.
On the downhill part we could even chat!
Coming in over the arrival line!
I did it!
It was great!
I can feel all the little bones in my feet!
Timing: 1 hour 41 minutes!
I wanted to do it in less than 1hr45!
Better timing than I imagined.
The last time I did this walking event I did it in 1hr32.
The route was a slightly different one this time with more uphill parts
and I'm also ten years older with less time spent training!
Here we both are after finishing, wearing our medals and feeling elated and happy!
We had a special healthy, late lunch at one of the restaurants
special dishes had been prepared for the day.
A detox smoothie and a vegetarian platter.
Here is the outside terrace of the restaurant, empty when we left.
We all know the benefits of walking.
Have you ever tried Power Walking?
It's invigorating and mood-enhancing and great for our health.
I'm going to continue getting out, even when it's raining!
We are finally getting some rain after an early spring and I just love
using my colourful umbrellas, like the one you see above.
In fact, I love umbrellas!
I'm enclosing the link to a short video below
from the official Lausanne Sports' Event.
It's really worth watching to get a feel of the fun and exciting atmosphere.
My daughter and I can be seen coming in towards the finishing line
in the second video clip and also the third one right after the advertisement!
Turn up your sound for the accompanying uplifting music
and lovely scenes of the city in which I live!