I started walking for exercise January 2013. I walked seven half marathons and five full marathons in the first 22 months. Walking and a change in diet transformed my life. November 2014 I walked 56 miles in a very successful twelve hour race. After that race I set a goal to become a United States Centurion. A Goal to Walk 100 miles within the 24 hour time limit. I started this blog in February 2015 as a personal journal of my training.
I reached my Goal, became United States Centurion C78 at the U.S. Centurion Qualifier in Minneapolis June 2015 on my first attempt. The international Centurions I met at that race inspired me to attempt an international Centurion race. April 2016 traveled to Coburg, Victoria. Became Australian Centurion C68 but not without struggling. Corrected my travel mistakes and entered the Granddad of all Centurion races. The 105th British Qualifier. The 2016 race was in Redcar, England. Walked an inspired race to become British Centurion C1169. If you walked two Centurions in one year why wouldn’t you think you could race a third time. Made the trip down for the inaugural African Centurion on Robben Island, South Africa. Became African Centurion C11. Three international one hundred mile races within six months about did me in. January 2017 I got back into form. Traveled to Weert, Netherlands in June. Became Continental Centurion C454. October 2017 traveled to Auckland, New Zealand. I raced sick and pulled the plug at 82 miles. After New Zealand I had to do some soul searching. For seven months I struggled to train and race. In June I turned my year around with a successful 100 Mile walk at the 2018 United States Qualifier. My second U.S. Centurion walk. Mentally refreshed and physically in the best condition of my life. I returned to Auckland, New Zealand October 2018. Became New Zealand Centurion C25. Only the fifth person to achieve membership in Six World Centurion Clubs. The only person in the Western Hemisphere.
With all my Goals met this concludes my Blog. What a journey. I set Goals so Big I had to become someone else to achieve them. This is where I tell you how easy it was. That would be a lie. It was hard. It got even harder as I added more Centurion badges to my collection. The pressure I put on myself took away the joy I felt when I first started walking in 2013. I will continue to walk. I will continue to race. Now however it is going to be for FUN. I am not going to tell you the way I trained is the only way to achieve a Centurion title. It is the way that worked for me. Was it worth it? 69 months of training. 9 half marathons. 18 marathons. Three 50K races. Three races with totals between 56 and 82 miles. Eight races of 100 miles or more. Well over 13,000 Miles walked. Traveling around the world. Walking side by side with some of the Worlds greatest long distance walkers. Was it worth it? YES! it was worth it.
I will keep this blog available. Maybe you found this blog because you want to attempt a Centurion Walk. It is a worthy goal. I hope you can find something here that will be of help. Walking can change Your life. Keep it Fun! Walk Well!
Thank You to everyone that has made contact with me while I kept this blog. Thanks for your encouragement. I enjoyed the questions. There are no silly questions as we all try and make the most of our health and lives. Rob
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I will be at every United States Centurion Race. I will walk these races for as long as I am able. My plan is well into my 70’s. Info about United States Centurion Races can be found HERE.