Success Starts with the First Step(s)
Still motoring along. I actually overheated the other day during my workout on the treadmill--odd experience. So I had a very light day and one off day since then, but back at it again. Walked with my friend who is going through a similar challenge (hers is more than twice the distance mine is, however, so she REALLY needs to get her miles in). I actually reinstalled the Map My Miles app on my phone. When I had to stop running, I deleted my Map My Run app, but now they have one for walking, so I don't feel like it is taunting me that I can't run. Seems like such a small thing, but it's like telling a diabetic that they can have this candy or this cake because it's "sugar free" but it just isn't the same.
I knew when I signed up that I would have to build up to the daily goal, but that isn't affecting my workouts. I know my limits much better now than I did 10 years ago, so I know when I'm pushing too hard for my health (with the exception of overheating the other day--obviously I need to be mindful of that now, too--especially heading into summer). So...I know I will be behind the game for a spell, but plan on exceeding it as I build up my speed walking muscles (which ARE slightly different than running muscles, I am discovering!! My hamstrings NEVER gave me problems before, but I have to baby my right hammie a little bit now.) I am approaching it much like the November novel writing challenge--NaNoWriMo, in that whenever I find a pocket of time to squeeze in a lap (.25 mile), I'm doing it!
Today, I hiked the River Trail with one of my best friends, Nikki. It was so good to be social again--especially outdoors where we could still be social without getting shade! lol I did the same with Bestie Jenn 4 weeks ago in Hudson when the State parks opened back up. The hike with Jenn was when I started considering one of these virtual race challenges, because I was in better shape that day than I thought I was. I'm still in the worst shape of my life, but it isn't as dire as I feared. Nikki is doing the Race Across TN--1000 km by 8/31/20. She started a month ago and hit her 200 miles this week, so she should finish her challenge early. She and I are similar creatures in that we will practically kill ourselves to fulfill a challenge. I've eased up on that mindset a little bit since getting sick to the point I couldn't hide it any more, but I do still get these types of challenges wrapped tightly around my brain.