Monday, April 29, 2013
I found a SparkTeam that was tailor-made for me when I was looking for a walking guide to 5K.
It is called "Where are YOU walking to?"
As a life-long exercise-resistant couch potato who loves to travel, this is the perfect motivational tool to get me up off the couch and on my feet. In this group, you choose a place anywhere in the world that you want to walk to, calculate the mileage, start walking and tracking it daily. And, I suppose, if a person really wants to, (s)he could put up a map and plot it each week as the mileage is ticked off.
I'm EXCITED! And since I can only have ONE ticker here on SP (grrr), I'll change my weight-loss ticker to a mileage countdown to my destination. (edit: Well, crud! There is no mileage ticker! Ok, so I put in a suggestion for one.)
I have decided to walk my weight-loss party over to the monks at Subiaco, AR. That's a fair distance for a beginner, I think...not so far that I will get discouraged and give up easily, and not so close that it isn't really a challenge at all, or a challenge that isn't long enough to build a habit of walking. Besides, I wonder how long it has been since the monks have even seen a party balloon?
It is 207 miles from my house to the abbey, and I would seriously like to go there in reality and spend a weekend, sans party balloons (out of respect for the monks). The route I plan to take is going to be such a beautiful walk through the Ozarks. So I will look through pictures of the Ozarks daily before I go on my walks and think of these as I put one foot in front of the other.
Ya know what? Armed with this new motivational tool, I may have found the key to realizing my dreams of running races someday. Here's why: I can use this virtual travel thingy as I train daily so that my training isn't just boring training, but instead, is traveling somewhere! And I can tick off the miles toward a place I want to go, and change the destination repeatedly each time I arrive. I am so stinking EXCITED!
I invite you to the group! I can't wait to get started.
4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?)
5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of state and back on my virtual party trip.)
5/09/2013: 203 - 2 = 201
5/11/2013: 201 - 1.6 = 199.4 (Big dogs loose on property at corner; didn't want to go near them to finish 2 miles and don't know the mile markers to make it up if I walk the opposite direction)
5/14/2013: 199.4 - 2.4 = 197
5/16/2013: rained out
5/17/2013: 197 - 2.5 = 194.5
5/19/2013: 194.5 - 2.8 = 191.7
5/21/2013: 191.7 - 2.4 = 189.3
5/23/2013: 189.3 - 3.7 = 185.6