You may have heard my calf news last year… I ripped my calf muscle on a beautiful Monday afternoon playing out on a field. A week of limping and hobbling followed, then, in a desparate attempt to help one of my kids get something hot out of the microwave, I jumped and RIPPED it again, much worse.
The doctor guessed that I might have ripped it more than 60%. YUCK (and OUCH).
I spent 6 weeks on the couch, which was like being in jail. For the previous 3+ years I had not done much physical stuff… and my body was not doing so well. Crutches hurt worse than I thought they could, my joints hurt, etc.
Sometime around December of last year I decided I wanted to walk 500 miles this year. Walk, not run. I figured that would be about 498 miles more than I walked in 2009. 500 seemed like a good goal – more than a mile a day but nothing too crazy.
I started January 2nd and walked 3.1 miles. In the last 6 months I’ve continued to walk. I took about 40 days off a few weeks ago because (a) the weather turned cold again, and I thought I was done walking in the cold/snow, and (b) I got sick, and wanted to get my health back. It was hard to get back into it… hence, the 40 days :p
Tomorrow, though, I will hit the 1/2 way milestone: 250 miles. I’m 2.9 miles shy of it and I’ll do it tomorrow morning.
I’d like to invite you to walk “with” me. If you want to come to my house and do it, that’s cool! But many of you can’t do that on such short notice 😉 Just make your own 3 mile loop and walk it “with” me.
As I get older I realize the importance of taking care of my body, which requires a lifestyle change. I don’t think I’ll ever run (not really any interest), but I’ve seen amazing results in how I feel, my joints, even my waistline, from simply walking a few miles every week.
Is it inconvenient? Yeah, a lot of times it is.
But the alternative is NO FUN. I’ve been there, done that.
Tomorrow, 7am… three miles. “See” ya there!