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Walk With Me! (Spark Competition)

Monday, September 04, 2017

So the summer swimming pool system went out with more than a whimper than a bang, as the atypically cool and rainy weather made the temperature in the pool feel downright frosty.

(Yes I am more than a bit fixated on Hurricane Irma - as of Labor Day morning Florida seems imperiled yet again - but this is not a blog about meteorology).

Inasmuch as meteorological autumn is upon us whether I like it or not (and I do not), my thoughts have turned to land-based exercise and a new focus for my quantitative competitiveness. Walking.

Walking is a thing that everyone can do. This includes you. Yeah – mirror-person. You. It is free, requires no special equipment, and is cheap (no gym membership either). So let’s do this – track your mileage my any means you like (Fit Bit, Garmin, GPS, just your watch and a 3 mph assumption), whatever. I’ll post my progress here and you post yours.

One rule, the 10,000 steps or whatever you do, back and forth to the pantry for Fritos and to the fridge for beer, do not count. We’re talking purposeful walking for exercise, not the happenstance walking you do chasing after your grandkids or whatever. Make it more interesting: as Fall wears on, challenge yourself in the quality of your walking (pick up the pace, go hillier places, increase the distance per walk, etc.).

Game starts now (Labor Day) and ends at Noon on Thanksgiving Day. Honor system. The winner gets a whole bunch of RP&SE. What is RP&SE dare you ask? Why, “Recognition”, “Prestige” and “Self Esteem!” They even get their pic on my blog! (If I win you all get yet another shot of Thing One and Thing Two).

I don’t think we need a Spark Team for this (personally I do not think they work, as I have opined here in the past). That said, right here on my blog, respond below who is in? Who wants to play?
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  • BOSS61
    Declaring myself healthy enough to tempt it again this AM - gym bound... (whether I am Advil-free we'll keep our secret, ok?)
    1168 days ago
    Great Blog! I will have to get in on this.. doing the 3 mph for now. Walking is JUST what I need.
    1168 days ago
    So I guess the challenge is over then until you are up and at em' ????
    1169 days ago
  • BOSS61
    is on the disabled list with hip dysplasia, much like a free mutt from a puppy mill. The challenge is far from over- you all who are playing can build a lead.
    1171 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/11/2017 8:56:26 PM
  • PICKIE98
    I think it is only two of us in this,, wha hoppen???
    1171 days ago
    I'm in
    4 10.78 miles
    5 10.75 miles
    6 12.72 miles
    7 11.75 miles
    1173 days ago
  • DALID414
    Not in, unless the Physical Therapist okays this type of behavior. Appointment Friday.
    1174 days ago
    10 miles of purposeful walking today 9-5-17
    1175 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    9/4/17 1 mile 10/1 1 mile
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    1175 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2017 9:58:18 AM
    I am in--just saw this blog so will start on Sept 6. Thank you. emoticon
    1175 days ago
    I belong to a Leslie Sansone/Walking Team, the team works for me. BUT walking is fantastic, congratulations Boss61! "Walking is the best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far."--Thomas Jefferson and "Walking is man's best medicine."--Hippocrates
    1176 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2017 10:56:15 PM
    emoticon I'm in.
    1176 days ago
    emoticon ... and go! Competitive? Who me?

    My miles are adding up on the Four Seasons Team monthly challenge. You can subtract 4.4 miles (September 1-3) from my grand total.

    The local Feaster Five turkey day race will be "in the books" by noon on Thanksgiving Day. Have to decide ... will I complete the 5 k or 5 mile this year? Can you beat my time for a real or virtual race?
    1177 days ago
    Maslow includes "belonging" as another basic level of human need.
    The Four Seasons group is still alive and well. Your picture is there on the Team Leader list. There's plenty of room for a new play area. Come on down!
    1177 days ago
    I am moving, so I will give it a shot. I hope I remember to post
    1177 days ago
    Will give it a good shot!
    1177 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am in, but no longer have a tracker(Spark tracker), and am in line for knee replacement, so walk with a cane, but I will give it the 'ol college try ,even though I already graduated.
    1177 days ago
    Well, I love the idea and will join and do my best. I'm not in it for the competition tho' except with myself. My biggest challenge is going to be to remember to post here.

    Good Luck to all that venture, thanks for the idea BOSS man.

    ok here goes, I just remembered:

    9/3 - 3.07 miles
    9/4 - 1.65 miles
    9/5 - 1.68 miles
    9/6 - FB charging will post when it syncs
    9/7 - 2.51 miles
    9/8 - 2.72 miles
    9/9 - 2.54 miles
    9/10 -1.81 miles
    9/11 -
    1177 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/11/2017 7:27:51 PM
  • BOSS61
    Sept 3 - 3.2 mph - 2.38 miles (2.38 miles to date)
    Sept 4 - xx mph - 2.01 miles (4.39 miles to date)
    Sept 5 - 3.5 mph - 2.14 miles (5.53 miles to date)
    Sept 6 - 3.5 mph - 2.11 miles (7.64 miles to date)
    Sept 14 - 3.1 mph - 2.24 miles (9.86 miles to date)

    Week ending Sept. 23 - 8.1 miles (17.96 miles to date)
    Sept 25 - 1.81 miles (18.77 miles to date)
    1177 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2017 2:24:20 PM
    I'm in!
    1177 days ago
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