Today is four days into my 1200-mile challenge and I’ve walked/run over sixteen miles, staying on pace with my plan of four miles/day, six days/week. The temperature where I live has been very cold, dipping down into the negatives early in the mornings. There is a lot of snow on my walking trail along with some icy spots, so this is not exactly power walking, but it is definitely a workout – my legs feel the effort!
I have to admit I would probably have bagged the idea of walking four miles on January 1st and 2nd if it hadn’t been for the formality of signing up for this challenge with Oregon Road Runners Club. It would have been easy to simply sit inside looking out at the beautiful white winter wonderland and put off a workout until “someday” when the conditions were better. However, knowing I’ve signed up for this challenge and my mileage will be posted on the ORRC website and with the companionship and support of my husband and two visiting friends, I got out there and walked…and walked…and walked.
My husband put together an Excel spreadsheet for me to track my mileage. Seeing the numbers for the first three days along with the miles left to go and the projected mileage at my current pace was encouraging. Yesterday, it was much easier to get out the door. Today, it wasn’t even a question. I’m on my way!