With only a few weeks to go, the training is intensifying. I am walking more and carrying a heavier pack.
Getting in shape physically is difficult while living in the plains where our hills are not too steep. I walk on our country roads in the mornings when the temperatures are below 90 degrees but the humidity can be high.
I also do strength training by using free-weights and a balance ball. Sit ups, push ups, squats, and lungs are still among the best muscle builders.
However, preparing for the mental challenges is more complicated. So, for this year's trek, I've added a new motivator: making the journey into a fundraiser! Yes, a walk-a-thon benefiting the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The idea has put joy in my heart and a skip in my step.
No matter what I do on this side of the trip it won't be enough. My legs, hips, and back will still hurt. I'll get discouraged and wonder "what in the world was I thinking." But, that's how it is in a love-hate relationship!
Well, my pack is ready, so, I better get my boots on my feet and hit the road before the storms move in.
My steps are established by the Lord.