One of the first (probably THE first) teams I joined on Spark People back in August 2010 was the Virtual Walk/Run Challenge. Why I chose this particular walking team was because they do a virtual walk across the U.S. starting in Virginia and winding up in Oregon.
I have been logging my miles any time I know them (I don’t have a pedometer so I use the Map Your Route to determine mileage) and after today's walk I have now gone 357.2 miles since my journey began.
Why has it taken me 2 1/2 years?
Well there are several reasons. I moved two weeks after starting and was living with my dad. The move and getting settled took its toll on my walking. (I didn’t do much for several months.) Of course there were trips to see my mother in the nursing home twice a week. Then there was the heavy snows we got in January of 2011, the death of my mother, the illness and then death of my dad - both in 2011. Of course one thing that added miles quickly was the transmission going out in my van and I had to walk everywhere for a while (or bum rides).
There were two more moves last year - a temporary move until my apartment was ready and the move into my apartment. Once I moved in I did a LOT of walking since I had to take Cody out three or four times a day. In the beginning we just wandered around but I finally started walking a regular route that I could map. Of course the snow we had in February derailed my walking. (I took Cody out, but only as far as was necessary for him to do his business.)
And then there was Cody’s death two months ago - yesterday!
That could have ended my walking altogether, but I enjoy walking and was determined not to sit around feeling sorry for myself, even though Cody was gone, so I mapped out a route and have started walking regularly. (Since I ride the bus to work one of those days is from my work, to the bank to deposit my check and then to the bus stop).
Today I was talking to my niece and the subject of my virtual walk came up. I did some checking and discovered after my walk today I have about 200 more miles to go to reach Kentucky. Did some calculating and figured at my present mileage of about 1.3 miles a day for 6 days a week (I typically don’t walk on Sundays) it will take me approximately 26 weeks to get to Kentucky.
Twenty-six weeks would actually be the first full week of November, but I have decided to celebrate Halloween in Kentucky (virtually that is). I may have to push things, but I have a goal of getting to Kentucky by October 31.
I will keep you posted on my progress the rest of the way through Virginia.