I just completed my second Bataan Memorial Death March. It is a huge honor to attend this event at White Sands Missile Range. Though it was one of the toughest days of my life physically and mentally, I enjoyed every mile of it and can’t wait to go back.
Last year, I wrote a pretty good blog about the event.
Instead of writing another blog post about the event… I thought I would write about the differences between my first and second experiences, and share a video I made.
The main change between last year’s and this year’s experience was how prepared I was. I knew going in what to expect and I could plan and train more effectively. Last year I was in good physical condition, but I was not prepared mentally. I did a lot of research and thought I was ready, but I wasn’t even close.
No amount of prep can get your mind right to march 26.2 miles in the high desert with 35+lbs on your back. It is very demanding physically but puts a strain on you mentally as well. It’s also not a quick recovery when you’re in your 40’s, no matter what kind of shape you’re in. I’d just gotten into boxing shape, and I was whipped after this.
As draining as it was, though, I was happy to do it. The soldiers that endured this and all of our active and retired military deserve no less than the utmost respect, and this was my way of showing it. Please enjoy the video, and learn how you can be a part of the march at http://bataanmarch.com/