Top 15 Things I Learned from my Practice Run

  1. I think wearing UnderArmor-type compression shorts rather than regular boxes might be a good decision.
  2. I definitely need waterproof shoes.
  3. I can walk a long time without stopping if necessary (let’s hope it’s not necessary though).
  4. I can probably take more/longer breaks if I need too.
  5. I can get by on very little food, at least for a day.
  6. I need to figure out a better way to carry more food with me.
  7. I can do a whole day of walking by myself.
  8. I need to do a better job of recruiting people to walk with me because I don’t want to do a whole day of walking by myself everyday.
  9. Use bathrooms whenever and wherever you find one.
  10. I think doing six days in a row of long walking in row for 3 1/2 weeks is going to be harder on my body, especially my knees and hamstrings, than I thought.
  11. I need to continue my daily routine of dynamic stretching  in the mornings.
  12. I need to figure out a way to continue my daily routine of dynamic stretching in the mornings, and a method for taking care of my legs in general, because I am going to be sore, more sore than I had initially thought.
  13. People (teenagers) love shouting out their car windows at people walking on the street as the fly by.
  14. Murrysville is the “Gateway to Westmoreland County” (according to their welcome sign.
  15. And most importantly, I can do this. I have full confidence in my ability and know I can make it to Philly. It’s definitely going to be hard, and it’s definitely going to be a bit painful, but I know I can do it.

About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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