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So who is my new friend?

Monday, January 27, 2014

And can we go 100+ miles together?

Sure we can. Because we’re not alone.

There’s more than safety in numbers. There’s motivation and encouragement too.
My virtual friends here on Sparkpeople have proved that time and time again, but sometimes it’s nice to see REAL people.

Yesterday I drove 30+ miles to my nearest ‘big’ city.
(Yes, NY & Chicago, big is a relative term just like speed and sprint)

I wanted to join this year’s 100 miles in 100 days challenge.
I still wear last year’s shirt proudly, especially since I must look like one tough Grandma as I come toward you wearing this.

Of course, if you look back at me after I pass by, you get the whole picture.

Yesterday there was a brief break in our sub-freezing weather and for a “kick-off” event we took off along the Greenway – a lovely paved trail along the river.

Sunday is usually my day of rest and DH was with me so I planned to walk the distance and enjoy talking to real people.

DH turned back within ½ mile since “his knee hurt” but that was OK, last year he didn’t even come with me.

Our leader from the Parks and Recreation Department posed for me at our 2 mile turn around point.

And I thanked him and his group for organizing this community fitness activity and introducing me to a section of this trail that I had never explored before.

Those of you who know me, realize that I probably would have been active anyway. Remember that I LIKE exercise, but having some extra motivation in these cold winter months is very helpful.

Last year as the end of the challenge approached and I was nearing 300 miles, I increased my effort so I could record that milestone on my log.

So thank you again Roanoke Parks and Rec, and “Active Andy” their 2 dimensional cardboard symbol, all cities and towns should follow your lead.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEWILL1982 1/29/2014 1:48PM

    Sounds fun! Keep us posted on your mileage.

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MARYJEANSL 1/28/2014 1:28AM

  Active Andy....I like it! I think he and I could get to be good friends. :-)

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STRIVERONE 1/28/2014 12:40AM

    I like your comment that speed and sprint are relative terms since my sprint can be another person's jog. The cool thing about "100 miles in 100 days" is that almost anyone can commit to that. Once the clothes are on and the movement has started, it's likely you will do much more.

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MERRYMARY42 1/27/2014 11:16PM

    sounds like fun yes people make life bearable sometimes emoticon

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DOVESEYES 1/27/2014 9:33PM

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WATERMELLEN 1/27/2014 9:26PM

    What a super idea, for a municipality to encourage citizens to be active and companionable!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/27/2014 8:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful outing, as another person who finds she LIKES exercise, I also find it fun to seek out others who share that joy and ride, walk or jog together! It's fellowship of an active kind.

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GINIEMIE 1/27/2014 8:51PM

    Sometimes external motivation is good, and to be able to walk/run with others seems like one of those times. I am so glad DH went with you this year, it was good that he tried.
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EGRAMMY 1/27/2014 8:30PM

    Fantastic and motivating blog. Thank you so much.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/27/2014 4:25PM

    I would LOVE something like this in my even-smaller town! Ha! I'd love that T shirt!

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LINDAKAY228 1/27/2014 3:09PM

    So glad you got to go! Looks like it was a lot of fun even if cold..

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DR1939 1/27/2014 11:20AM

    Our closest city (6 miles) is 12,000 and our "big city" is 90. Does your DH have a knee brace. It may help. My cardiologist told me to that I had to ignore the knee pain and walk. My heart is more important than my knees.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/27/2014 10:16AM

    What a great idea for continued motivation in the outings with awards for achievement.

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RACEWELLWON 1/27/2014 10:07AM

    Wow 300 miles , incredible !! Happy to hear you had a brake in weather . What a wonderful program , great for incentive , great photos .

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CELIAMINER 1/27/2014 9:30AM

    That's a super idea, and emoticon for Roanoke for organizing it! And you've reminded me I need to sign up for the Idita-Walk, which I participate in every year as incentive to walk in the winter. The Idita-Walk started as a fund raiser for Boy Scouts in Nome, but the cause has expanded to other youth programs.

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