After I declared this morning that my body wants me to exercise more, I felt a sense of….I don’t know….correctness? A sense that I had put my finger on a big part of my current issues and that things were going to improve from here. That’s a nice feeling! If you know me at all, you know I like a challenge….anything that I can work on or toward that has a goal and a finish line/date. If you do know me, you would also know that I believe that things open up in the world as we are ready for them; the window I jumped through 7 years ago when I decided to shake up my life, the window 6 years ago when I decided to quit smoking, the window when I quit my job and moved into a new phase of my life. I think it’s always important to be striving for things but I really feel like certain windows open up as you become ready, you just have to be aware enough to notice them.
So, today I declared “more exercise” and what my plan was to do it. Then, later in the afternoon I clicked through to a blog and found someone doing a “100 Miles Challenge” and a lightbulb went off in my head, that is exactly what I need! Now, being Canadian, I can’t do a 100 MILE challenge because, well…..we’re metric and I enjoy my metricocity. But I’m going to do a 100 KILOMETER challenge, a “century”. Technically a Century is a 100km bicycle ride but I get to make my own rules so I’m going to refer to my challenge as:
“Century” because it’s one hundred kilometers and “Life Ride” because it’s going to be any combination of rowing, running or walking (indoors at the gym or outside on the road/trail). Whatever activity that I do (with purpose) that propels me forward gets logged as relevant kilometers. The finish line is 100 Kilometers before March 1st. That’s 45 days from today, January 15th, and works out to an average of 2.3 kilometers per day. I would like to think that I’ve given myself a pretty achievable goal but I wasn’t absolutely positive how this would work out so I didn’t want to make it unattainable. The reward for achieving the goal is a reflexology foot treatment (make sense, right, my feet are mostly going to be the ones getting me there!).
Does anyone want to join in? Leave a note in the comments so that we can check in with each other along the way! If you’re in the US, it’s 62.13 miles in the 45 days…. same overall measurement. There are no real rules, just start logging your distances for any walk, run or row and then report back on March 1st!
I’m excited about this!