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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.

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