Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hankering to Go Volksmarching With a New Knee

It was been 32 years since I last participated in a Volksmarch (from the German Volksmarsch, meaning "people's march.") It was at Pocahantas State Park outside Richmond, and as I recall the whole family joined me in completing a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) walk and earning medals for it.

I hadn't thought about Volksmarching until today when I was trying without success to talk my obsolete left knee into completing another daily walk without hurting with each step. It occurred to me that getting back into Volksmarching could be a source of motivation for having my total knee replacement done in April.

A Volksmarch is totally non-competitive. It is a healthy outing but also a social occasion. You walk at your own pace -- often in locations with beautiful terrain. You complete your distance, collect pins and patches, and get to know some good folks.

Yes, a return to Volksmarching will be one incentive for me to go through with the surgery and rehabilitation this Spring. I won't be able to run or jump with my new bionic knee, but if all goes well, I should be able to walk farther than I am now -- maybe 2 or 3 miles a day, instead of 1 pain-filled one. So a-Volkmarching we will go, a-Volksmarching we will go .....

© Robert G. Holland  2013

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