Hi, welcome to the team! Sounds like you're doing a great job of exploring and playing around with things. The best way to figure out whether a team works for you is to join and interact with members. Most of the people I know have joined and left a lot of teams over time and now belong to some teams we're active with and some we're not. Basically, the right way to do this is the way that works for you.
As far as this team, some people have long-term goals that they chip away at. Its exactly as you said - you can keep track of your miles and chip away at the miles from and to whatever goal you choose. If you'd like to actually make it feel like you're doing the walk, there's a post under the "general team discussion forum" on how to use Google maps.
The best way to see how the monthly challenges work is to read the messages, so go right ahead and click on them and see what you think. There's a general post "how to use the challenge walks forum" that you'll want to look at but if you, for instance, look at the October one that we just finished you'll see that Joan, our leader, chooses a variety of numbers of miles. We all start, virtually, in different places and work on walking enough during the month to reach the destination. Everybody on the team is welcome to participate, but you'll see that its really a small group that does. We post a lot as we're going along and we also talk about what's going on with us, so over time we've become friends. Joan picks the various numbers of miles for the month based on knowing us and how much we like to do, so if you're not seeing a number high or low enough for what you think you can accomplish over the month, just ask and she'll come up with what you need. All of this will be much more apparent if you look at the thread for a month we've completed, including that things come up and we don't always meet our goals. Please consider joining us. Personally, I think its the best way to feel as though you're part of this team.
By the way, you can work on the monthly challenges and a larger goal at the same time. The nice thing about walking virtually is that you CAN be in multiple places at one time.
Anything counts - walking outside, along with videos, using a treadmill or elliptical...
I'm sure this doesn't answer all of your questions but I hope that it helps you to get started.
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