Weekly Avon Walk Update

Every week I’m going to provide a quick update on how my Avon Walk training is going. If you’d like to see my full training calendar, check it out here or on the left sidebar of my blog. The calendar shows the recommended training plan found on the Avon website going forward. As I complete workouts, I will update the calendar with what I actually did. So if you look at a previous date, it will show what I did that day.

I’ve decided that to prevent myself from getting bored with just walking, I’m going to mix things up a bit. I’m going to stick to the endurance walks on the weekends. Those will be key to training my body to be able to handle ~40 miles in two days. The rest of the weeks consists of 2 shorter, faster walks and 2 cross training days. The two shorter walks are primarily for cardiovascular training, so I’ll either do walking as recommended or other cardio training (I really enjoy the elliptical). For the cross training, I plan to do a class at the gym or weight training. This will help strengthen my core so that my body can handle the long walk.

Also, our gym is a 0.4 mile walk from our house. I’m not going to count that in my total mileage. I look at it as a warm up and cool down. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough out for me to start walking outside instead of on a treadmill!

Miles walked last week: 6.8
Minutes doing cardio: 70
Minutes doing cross training or weight lifting: 0

Thoughts on training so far: I’ve been reading that some people get blisters easily and others don’t. I must fall into the first category. I’ve already had 2 blisters this week. One on each foot but in different places. I’m definitely going to learn a lot about how to prevent and treat blisters over the next few months!

Total $$ raised: $550

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! If you’d like to donate to support my walk, you can make a donation on my Avon Walk page. If you donate at least $5 by the end of January, you will be entered to win a very cute tote.

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37 Responses to “Do you Can?”

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    Sarah C — August 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I’m a novice with canning but about two or so years ago had purchased the canner and supplies, went to an informational session at a local food show, and then never actually did it. Like you, I found it kind of intimidating and never really had the kind of time in the day that they stress is needed in order to closely watch your jars as they process. I hate the idea of messing it up and feeling like I not only failed it, but also wasted any food or supplies! So I just never did it, but maybe it’s time to give it a try!

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    KatieQ — August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I used to can tomatoes from our garden and applesauce from apples that we picked at a local farm. That was in the late 70’s and early 80’s. We bought a chest freezer in 1983 and since then we have frozen our garden produce. After being without electricity as a result of hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, I learned a valuable lesson about preserving food. I will back to canning my tomatoes this year.
    Thanks for partnering with Ball for the great giveaway.

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    KatieQ — August 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

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    KatieQ — August 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

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    KatieQ — August 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

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    Melissa — August 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I’m pretty much a canning beginner. I have a fear of not doing it right, then being disappointed when I open the jar months later to find that the contents have spoiled. But, I am determined to give canning a try, especially to preserve all of the tomatoes that I am hoping my garden will give me by the end of the season.

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    Sarah C — August 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I like your page on FB.

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    Tracy — August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I have never canned before but always wanted to try. My mom always made awesome jellies that were so good.

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    Tracy — August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

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    Tracy — August 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Followed Ball on pinterest

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    Tracy — August 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

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    Kate — August 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love to can, but I don’t do it enough. My favorite canning project is probably lemonade concentrate.

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    Lori Connors — August 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I have had success canning pepper jelly and pickling jalapeno peppers. I would love to branch out and try making/canning tomato sauce.

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    Candice — August 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love canning…I made pickles yesterday and this weekend I’m hoping to can some jam. There’s nothing quite like hearing the satisfying little “pop!” of a jar sealing.

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    bec — August 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    i haven’t ever canned before but i am realizing i should probably conquer my fear of it, as well. my tomatoes are slow to ripen this year and i am pretty sure i am going to get hit with hundreds of them at the same time. there are far worse things that could happen to a gal but i sure would hate for them to go to waste!

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    Laura — August 3, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Want to invite me lol? J/K but I too have a fear of canning, which is really silly when you consider that my mom and sister are both dedicated canners. I will be watching with interest!

    • beantownbaker — August 8th, 2013 @ 9:34 am

      Congratulations Laura! You’ve won the giveaway package from Ball. Please email your mailing address to me at jen@beantownbaker.com so we can get the package sent out as soon as possible.

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    JessicaLea — August 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I would love to learn canning, but like you I feel it is a bit intimidating!

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    Beth — August 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I began canning when I was 12 with my Mom,lets just say it was awhile ago …lol…I still can every year with her and my 2 daughters..we love it and do a wide variety of veggies left over from my garden and some jams..its a great way to teach and bring family together

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    Beth — August 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

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    Sarah C — August 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

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    Sarah C — August 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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    Meghan Finley — August 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I love to can peaches and apricots. Nothing better in the wintertime!

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    Meghan Finley — August 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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    Jennifer S. — August 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I just started canning this year for the first time. We’ve already made slasa, watermelon jelly and strawberry jam. I can’t wait to do crushed tomatoes later this year as well as applesauce and apple butter!

    I was intimidated also, but just jumped right in.

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    Jennifer S. — August 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

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    JessicaLea — August 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

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    Margot C — August 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have canned before, but not since I was a teen (with my mother)

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    Margot C — August 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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