100 walks

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I snapped this selfie last night while I was out on Walk #100.

I had a little bit of time between dropping Q off at Marching Band and my band booster meeting. I love the time I have been taking for my daily walks – whether I walk outside or inside. Admittedly, I have walked most of my walks in the house with my girl, Leslie Sansone.

I am not a runner.

I tried to be a runner and for a while I actually enjoyed my runs. I was a believer of the Galloway run/walk/run method and I used his methods to complete my first half marathon and was training for 2 more.  Then the injury, surgery, recovery…..etc…and now 3 years later, here I am. Next month it will be 3 years since my surgery. Last year, I thought I wanted to run again and thought I wanted to tackle a marathon. I was hoping to run the Philly marathon on my 2 year surgery anniversary but that didn’t work. While training, I realized I was not ready to run and/or train for a marathon. Admitting I wasn’t ready and may not ever be ready to run again, let alone run a marathon.

I put that marathon on my schedule to “make up” for the two halfs I did not participate in because I hurt my knee and ankle.

So silly, but that is where my head went.

Fast forward from the injuries and the surgeries and the realization I was/am not a runner….and in January 2014, I set the goal of walking 500 miles. Part of that goal was to keep me motivated and how could I resist singing the “I will walk 500 miles” song. Are you singing it now?!?

Fast forward to July…..and I never really got started on my walking goal. I was walking but hit or miss with no real plan. I just checked out my runkeeper stats and on July 1, I was at 126 total miles.  July 7, 2014 I started a walking streak…..but I didn’t know I was starting a streak….I picked up one of my #walkathome videos and walked 2 miles, in my barefeet, in my bedroom.

And I did that again, and again, and again…until I had a streak going.

4 days

Then 7 days.

Then 10 days.

Then 14.

21.

30.

60.

90.

HOLY CRAP….

100 DAYS!!!

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Last night, while waiting for my meeting I went for a little walk and the music was perfect. I don’t even know what Pandora station I had on but it was fantastic. I was walking slow and I was breathing the fresh air. October 14 and it was a beautiful evening – almost 70* with a light breeze. I wish it could be like this all year long. But since  that is not going to happen and winter is coming.

Then, I was walking on this perfect stretch of the bike path where there are trees and near the park where kids are at football and cheer and hockey practices. And this song comes through my headphones.

This song is beautiful. And the chorus lyrics:

‘Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

This song turned my walk into a bit of a meditation walk. The words “just breathe” kept playing through my head for the rest of my walk.

My walks have become meditative. For that 20+ minutes while I am walking (inside of outside) I focus on that walk, that moment. I have been able to put aside all my normal day to day stress and just focus on the walk.

One foot in front of the other.

On step at a time.

One walk at a time.

One day at a time.

I will continue my streak. My Q asked me if I could get to 365 and even though she was just teasing me, I think she planted a seed in my head.

I am going for the full 365.

I want to be a little more structured in my walks. Right now, I just walk once a day with no real plan and I want to continue it this way but I also want some structure. I am thinking about looking into following a 5k training plan and then after that a 10k and then after that a half marathon.

I think I also want to become a #walkathome Walk Leader.  This is a $500 certification but I really want to do it. So, I will start some sort of saving plan for this big goal.

100 days,

I am so proud of me!!

#jeninaction

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