A New Fitness Challenge!
I have always felt more prepared for things when I make a list. And then I have the privilege of feeling accomplished when I check something off of my list. My 101 things to do in 1001 days list (which has actually grown to 110 things) is keeping me focused on the things that are important to me. One of those things is my fitness and health.
I have mentioned that I recently finished losing 30lbs and have spent the last six months working to keep the weight off for good. One of the most important ways I have done this is by finding new challenges for myself to keep me from getting bored. And so it was right before Christmas last year that I discovered a fitness challenge to keep me on track!
I signed up for the 500 mile challenge as a means of making sure that I stayed accountable and kept a log of my miles. I am no runner, but I am a fitness walker and a long-distance one at that. I am not someone who would ever be described as athletic either, but I love the fitness communities that make all levels feel welcome, and I believe Run To Succeed is one of them!
I was so motivated by the 500 mile challenge that I finished it in just over 6 months, even though it is a year long challenge. And immediately upon completion I decided to step it up, and I am now signed up for the 1000 mile challenge, to begin immediately and allow me one year to accumulate my miles either by walking or running.
Completing the 500 mile challenge this year was one of my 110 things to do, and now I am going to focus on checking another off by completing the 1000 mile challenge. I am so excited and so grateful that there are people out there who organize these things and motivate people to step up to a new challenge!
I don't think 1000 miles will be easy. I don't want it to be easy. I hope that by this time next year I have become a fitter and more confident person, knowing that I have overcome challenges to reach my goal. I love being a part of this community where even when I am the slowest poke in the race that there is someone cheering for me. I love that they'll acknowledge even if I got there last that I conquered every mile, same as them. And I love sharing the passion for health and fitness with the people around me; they are the ones who will pluck me up when insecurity sets in and I start to think that I can't.
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” - Thomas Jefferson