I’m busy training for an 18-mile overnight walk to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and I’m excited for two reasons:
- It’s a great cause that means a lot to me. The AFSP does research, education, outreach and helps people in crisis and people who are grieving.
- The walk will be a big mental and physical challenge. The poetry of an endurance walk with a goal of reaching sunrise should not be lost on any one who has struggled with depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other mental illness, or watched a loved one struggle.
It works like this: At about 7 p.m. on June 28, several hundred new friends and I will start walking from the Philadelphia Art Museum, along Boathouse Row, then back down the Ben Franklin Parkway to Logan Square (which is actually a circle), to Love Park (no skateboarding allowed!), through City Hall, to Independence Hall, to Society Hill, along the Delaware River, then shooting back across to Rittenhouse Square (which really is a square and where I spent many a lazy afternoon in my early 20s), across the bridge to Penn’s campus and then back up to the Art Museum by 5 a.m. on June 29. Phew. I’m wiped out just typing it.
I’m training 5 out of 7 days for the walk, going at least 4 miles a day at this point. Happily, I have good sneakers, a Fitbit Flex pedometer bracelet, a Map My Walk app for outside walks and a treadmill for inside walks.
Today, I walked 2 miles outside and then ran out of errands, so I continued for 3 miles inside on the treadmill. I’m discovering that episodes from the the various versions of Law & Order are perfect to watch while on the treadmill. No real backstory needed and it’s always on.
If you wish to support me and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, please do.