1000 Mile Mom

It's not just a goal… it's a lifestyle adjustment!

Day 8- April 5, 2013- beautiful, sunny, productive day!

Day 8: 7.02 miles walked, Miles to go: 956.84… Woke up this morning with a migraine thinking that if I didn’t walk or run this morning, there would be no way that I would likely get it in today. Made the most of the time at the estate sale, though, and did laps while people shopped and snuck off for a few quick walks down the block when traffic died down. Followed that up with a mid-length walk when I returned home before I headed up to the hospital to visit a friend. All in all, between the sun, the exercise, and the wonderful company, it was a good day!

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Day 4- April 1, 2013- Chilly walking day

Day 4: 5.52 cumulative miles walked, Starting points: my house and Bob’s office, Miles to go: 973.46… Much chillier out than it looked, but all of this walking and running will be great for Team Blonde practice for the upcoming Blondes vs. Brunettes Alzheimer’s Association charity football game this summer. Practices start this week… super excited!!!! Also have the upcoming Rockin River City Ride to look forward to in a few weeks and fingers crossed a June marathon.

Have to keep my notes short tonight, though. Off to see Kid Rock with some good friends!

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Day 3- March 31, 2013- 5 mile walk

Day 3: 5.03 mile walk, Location: my neighborbood, Miles to go: 978.98… Very sore legs from the last two days and the six hour drive home from LaPorte, but it was great to get out there and keep pushing to get that 5th mile. Took till about mile 3 to have a decent stride, but glad I kept going. Feel great now and am looking forward to a restful night of sleep.

“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me… Believe. Believe. Believe…” -Jesse Owens

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Day 2- March 30, 2013 – 9+ miles… woot! woot!

Day 2: 9.24 miles, Location: LaPorte, IN, Miles to go: 984.01… Great start to things… There is not much that compares to the sun on your face combined with that runner’s high. Currently icing my bad hip before I shower up to meet an old friend for lunch. It’s a good day!!!

Now you may wonder what motivates me to try an endeavor of this nature. It all started in 1996, the year of my 10 year high school reunion. To prepare for the event, I decided to start walking. A half mile a day turned into a mile a day and eventually made its way up to 12-14 miles a day (usually split between lunch breaks, evening walking, and getting out on breaks). I had such a great time that year that I decided to set a quantifiable goal the next year. So 1997 was the first time I tried and succeeded at meeting a 1,000 mile goal. I was shooting for doing it in under a year, and I met the goal in 8 months.

Because I know the goal can be met, this year I would like to do it in 6 months. This will have me ending in late SEP while the weather is still nice as there is nothing that I enjoy less than when it’s too cold outside to run!

What I do enjoy is the runner’s high. Coming off the winter season where tanning keeps me from seasonal blues, I always look forward to the day that I can consistently get back out and exercise (For more information on the runner’s high visit: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/runners-high-is-it-for-real). For me, that is when the weather is consistently in the 50’s. However, this year, the date has dictated my running schedule since it is almost April, and the weather hasn’t warmed up yet. Enter my trip home to LaPorte…. two consistent days in the 50s (although not quite so when I would set out each morning), and it is here that my journey begins…

So day 2 is now in the books, and I have over 15 miles logged. A bit sore, but tremendously happy. Mentally preparing myself for the 6 hour drive home in the morning (a bit concerned about stiffness, particularly in my right hip), but I am determined to work the kinks out from the drive with a walk later that evening with the hubby!

“Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.” ~Jimmy Carter

P.S. my freckles are starting to make their first appearance of the season!

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Day 1- March 29, 2013… and so it begins

I have once again decided to challenge myself again with another 1,000 mile walk/run goal. I did this back in ’07, and hit the goal in 8 months. This time I am shooting for 6 months… so I can officially say Day 1: 6.75 miles, Location: LaPorte, IN, Miles to go: 993.25… Here we go again!!!

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”  -Oprah Winfrey

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