Become a Hero In Training

There’s eight weeks until Kidney March! It’s time to kick our training into high gear.

Kidney March certainly isn’t a cake walk. But there’s motivation in our mission. Kidney disease can’t be stopped. People are waiting for transplants. The 100 kilometres and $2,200 we raise is nothing compared to the day-to-day battle of kidney disease.

However, when it comes to training, the brain can play tricks on us. It takes a lot of mental strength to go from the first lonely training walk of the winter months to game time shape! But fear not. We, along with the rest of your fellow Kidney March fans, are here to support you with our scheduled training walks.

And, just so you know, you do not have to be a marcher to do these training walks. These are come one, come all events. Sure, we’d love for you to jump on board for a heroic trek through the foothills of the rockies with hundreds of like minded marchers (side note: register here). But we’re just as happy to have you make a few friends and keep your kidneys running in tip-top shape. You can check out all of our upcoming walks and FYI (For Your Inspiration!!) sessions here.

A Kidney March Training Success Story

Laurel Ryan works with children suffering from kidney disease.

Laurel RyanAs a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Nephrology Program, she sees the effects of this disease every single day. Last year, she wanted to do something big to fight the disease. Something that would challenge her. The Kidney March fit the bill, and she took a leap.

What she found was a “spa for the soul”.

It started with training. The YMCA led walks were a perfect way to meet other marchers and keep her eyes on the finish line. Her leg muscles got stronger and grew accustomed to walking long distances. Her feet toughened up. All that movement and calorie burning helped her get down to her “marching weight”.

Laurel Ryan

Marching on behalf of the children every day was inspiring. 100 kilometres was an accomplishment, and she’s developed lifelong friends and a workout habit that’s been life changing. She’s become a 2nd year marcher, and considers it a privilege.

Interested in attending your own
“spa for the soul”?

Registration is open, and our support team is here to answer any questions you may have. Register today! We’ll help you get started.

Not from the Calgary area? Call our support team at 1-866-9KMARCH and we’ll help you plan your personal training program and connect you with other marchers in your area. We have marchers registered from coast to coast.

KM Activities for the week of July 16th, 2013

There’s lots on the go on the Kidney March front this week; training walks, fundraisers and FYI (For Your Inspiration!) Sessions all over the province. Sure hope you can join us for one near you. Feel free to share with family/friends! All events are open to absolutely everyone.

Tuesday, July 16th @ 7p – FYI Session at the Kidney Foundation office in Calgary (6007 1A Street SW). Grab some inspiration, find out all the details of Kidney March 2013, chat training and fundraising with the Kidney March team and meet other Marchers, Crew and Alumni. Registered or thinking about it? Come down and check out all you need to know about your adventure of a lifetime.

Tuesday, July 16th @ 6:30p – 5K Training Walk at Henderson Lake in Lethbridge. Meet at the Main Concession.

Wednesday, July 17th @ 6:30p – 6.5K Training Walk at Echo Dale Regional Park in Medicine Hat. Meet at the concession (the first lake with the beach).

Saturday, July 20th & Sunday, July 21st – Kidney March Team UR in over UR head are hosting a garage sale fundraiser in Calgary at 608 Seymour Avenue SW from 8a-4p both days. They’re also accepting donations this week to the sale so if you have anything you’d like to contribute, feel welcome to contact Jenn Watson at: atsjenn@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 20th – Kidney March Team, Team Christina are hosting a BBQ & Bottle Drive from 10a – 4p at the Wal-Mart in Medicine Hat.

Saturday, July 20th – Kidney March Training Walk at 9:30a – 15K at Edworthy Park, 5050 Spruce Drive S.W.

Hope to see you there. You don’t have to RSVP, but we’d love it if you did: info@kidneymarch.ca or 1.866.9KMARCH

Sure fire ways to keep your Kidney Marching Tootsies in Tip Top Shape

Hey Marchers!

We are gearing up for the 3rd Annual March and want to ensure we share along the need to knows for foot care your way to aid in your prep for the March. We’ve compiled some tips courtesy of Ward Stene, our On Route Medical Team Lead to share with you to put to the training test.

Today’s Lesson:

Friction = Heat (Hot spots). Hot Spots = Blisters. Blisters = Huge Bummer & Possible Medical Treatment

How to stay as far away from On Route Medical Treatment?

1. Train, train and train some more. You are going to be logging mega kilometers and mega awareness all weekend long with 30+ kilometers walked each day. The more pre-March kilometers you do, the better. See the Kidney March Training and Fundraising guide below for more info….

2. Toenails – Short and trim to avoid friction on the next door neighbor toes.

3. Got a hot spot? Apply moleskin before it becomes unruly.

4. Socks. Wear them. There’s mixed reviews on what works for whom. Some say 2 pairs to reduce the opportunity for the friction of shoe vs. toe instead of sock vs. sock. Inside Sock – Synthetic (nylon or rayon). Outside Sock –Cotton. Some say just 1 pair at a time is the best. Point is, train and find what works for you. Pre-March.

5. Many of our past Marchers have found putting Vaseline or equivalent all over their feet before applying socks helps reduce the friction between your feet and your sock, reducing the possibility of blisters.

6. Bring 2 Pairs of comfortable, broken in shoes. Try on your shoes with whichever sock combo you’ve decided to go with. Keep in mind, you will see some swelling in those toes after Marching the Kidney Trail so when shopping for your footwear, err on the side of big enough (aka, toes not rubbing against the toe).

See you on the route!

Why Marching Should be a Team Sport

 

 

May 23, 2012

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

 

The ranks of Kidney March are a varied sort. We have the rugged individualists, marching for the cause, eschewing human contact as they strive for their personal bests. We have social butterflies, making new acquaintances with every step and stretch. We have those who stroll, curiously taking in every leaf, bird, and cow on the road.

But, however powerful our marchers are alone, teams are where it’s at. Here are a few reasons why you should turn Kidney Marching into a team sport:

You’ll be reminded of the “why.” Why the heck would I walk 100 kilometres in 3 days? Why did I sign up for this? When your brain starts heading down that treacherous path, your teammates will be there to get your mind back in the fight, back on those you love (like the “Nephrodisiacs“, or “In Memory of Nash“), back to those who make this commitment every year (like the Kidney Sisters), and back on track.

Click here to read more.

Become a Hero In Training

 

 

May 3, 2012

 

Become a Hero In Training

 

They say “April showers bring May flowers”. But around the excited halls of the Kidney Foundation, we say “April showers bring May…wait, it’s May? That’s 4 months until Kidney March! We need to start training!”

Kidney March certainly isn’t a cake walk. But there’s motivation in our mission. Kidney disease can’t be stopped. People are waiting for transplants. The 100 kilometres and $2,200 we raise is nothing compared to the day-to-day battle of kidney disease.

However, when it comes to training, the brain can play tricks on us. It takes a lot of mental strength to go from the first lonely training walk of the winter months to game time (fighting) shape! But fear not. We, along with the rest of your fellow Kidney March fans, are here to support you with our scheduled training walks. Click here to read more.

Thanks to all of you (yes, you!) for making the Expo a HUGE success!!

We’re just days post Expo and still basking in all it’s glory. We saw a fantastic turnout (including many new faces), heard inspirational stories and enjoyed gorgeous weather to commemorate the first official training walk of the 2012 Kidney March season. It doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, wait. Turns out it does.

Very Proud Sponsor and Partner since the Kidney March inception in 2010, the Calgary YMCA is the go to for all your training needs and they have just sweetened the Kidney March Marcher experience even more with FREE 3 month YMCA training passes for all registered 2012 Kidney Marcher’s (valid in Calgary only). How perfect for those not so springlike days!

If you haven’t received your pass yet, give the KM Support & Outreach Team a shout – info@kidneymarch.ca or 1.866.9KMARCH and we’ll get those in your hands.

Joining us for the Kidney March Expo on Sunday April 22nd? We hope so.

This Sunday, April 22nd marks the third Annual Kidney March Expo — the place to mix and mingle with other Kidney March minded folks all the while, getting great info and tips on training, fundraising, footwear with a healthy dose of inspiration. Top Five Reasons for checking it out??

1. You’ll meet some Kidney Marchers – newbies & alumni as well as the Kidney March Team.

2. You’ll have the chance to ask all of your KM questions.

3. You’ll be able to attend an FYI (For Your Inspiration) Session, which runs from 11a till noon, btw.

4. You’ll be able to enjoy some refreshments and also (possibly) win one of the sweet door prizes.

5. You’ll be able to go on the very first 5k training walk for the 2012 KM season.

We want a future without kidney disease and the only way we know how to make that happen is to continue to grow the Kidney March Movement. So, we do hope you’ll join us. And feel welcome to bring a friend (or two). RSVP to info@kidneymarch.ca.

Looks like it’s about the time for hittin’ the KM training trail…..

Dare we say Spring has Sprung? Mostly. Well then, no better time to try out our gear on for size and explore the great outdoors. Wondering what sort of regime to jump into? Well, wonder no more. Here’s a nice and easy program to start the KM training season off with…

Recommended Training by Distance – 
One or Two walks per Weeks of the Following Distances

Month 1: 5 to 8 Kilometers
Month 2: 10 to 12 Kilometers
Month 3: 16 to 20 Kilometers
Month 4: 20 to 28 Kilometers
Month 5: 30 Kilometers

Some things to remember:

Don’t be intimidated by these distances. First of all, you walk a lot already. In fact, the average human being is thought to walk about 100,000 miles (160,900+ kilometres) in their lifetime, or the equivalent of about four times around the world. And we’ve been walking for three million years. Beyond that, these are suggestions for optimal conditioning. If you can’t do these kinds of distances with this regularity, don’t worry. What’s important is that you do as much training as you can.

Stay tuned — organized training walks with our friends at the Y in Calgary will be beginning in no time. Get to know some fellow KMarcher’s while clocking some serious training km’s for your weekend of a lifetime. And be sure to reward your efficiency with something awesome (ice cream, maybe??). Happy Training Y’all!

Ready to Get into 100K Shape?

come and cheer

We’re thrilled to announce that YMCA Calgary has jumped on board to support our Kidney Marchers again this year. The Y has put together some great training advice and plans for you. When you register you’ll receive your new Kidney March t-shirt and your Marcher Handbook, which includes a training plan. Our 2010 and 2011 Marchers verify it works!

Click here to read more.