The Sort-Of Halfway-Point Update On My 500k Challege
Well, I am obligated to write this post by the terms of the challenge I set out for myself and the group-based/accountable nature of us all doing them together. But I am not happy about it, because long story short, it’s been a total fucking fail thusfar. On the day I was supposed to start the challenge, I went on an unexpected trip to visit some family, which meant that I could not dictate my walking schedule. The following week, four out of seven days were pouring rain, and that weekend was being visited by a houseguest whose plans were not always conducive to making up my terrible week by getting in tens of thousands of steps.
Then, this weekend — the weekend I had assured myself that I would be getting this back on track! — the weather prediction is mid-50s and pouring rain both days. I knew that it wouldn’t be the easiest thing to schedule 500k steps around the necessities of a regular life, but I didn’t anticipate that it would also be full-on Sleepy Hollow weather basically the entire time I was doing it.
Do I feel kind of embarrassed? Yes. Have I still been getting in some steps? Also yes, averaging around 8k a day, or about half of what I would need to reach this goal. But I am also not a quitter, and I am certainly not going to be the loser amongst the team who doesn’t actually complete her challenge. So, with that in mind, I’m going to be re-booting this challenge starting Monday, at which point I have a week of sunny, mid-70s weather ahead of me to get things going on the right foot, followed by a near-week in my beloved Miami, where I will be able to walk to my heart’s content along the beach/through downtown/anywhere I want except during those awkward 15-minute rainstorms that plague South Florida like locusts.
Anyway, this is me being accountable to you guys, and admitting that I have thusfar failed in something I am very much determined to do. But onwards and upwards, as I like to say, and I will be checking back in at the real halfway point of my renewed, finally-accessible-to-sunny-weather challenge.
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