And yes, I also get what it feels like to have to drag yourself to the car to get to a workout (and sometimes not make it that far). They all don't have that sweet pull to them. There's nothing like finding something that you don't mind going to, or you even start to crave. I love hearing how that's happening with Tread participants. Yes, it is kind of addicting. I'm pretty sure it's the combination of walking together to good music, with instructions that create just the right level for each person.
Anyway, Monday of last week I was enjoying reading all your responses to my post, when I started getting texts that they were talking about my book on the radio station 104.9 The River. It was so exciting and I had no idea that was going to happen. Last year, a friend of mine referred a young woman named Olivia to me for a coaching session. Olivia was working as an intern at the radio station at the time. She and I met, she bought a copy of my book, and went on her way to create a fitness path that included a one mile a day challenge.
If you haven't read my book yet, one of the first things I wrote about was a challenge I set up for myself in 2008, which is what inspired Olivia to do the mile a day. Here's the chapter from the book:
I heard an interesting concept this weekend that I sort of knew but have never heard phrased like this before. "What you focus on grows.”
What, I wondered, have I been focusing on? I wasn't feeling my best, and I didn't know why. I know I always have a little let-down after a big event, and the half marathon had been awesome this year. I also had taken a great vacation but got off track with workouts and sleep, my food wasn't organized, and I had gone several days without doing cardio.
For me, cardio is not optional. Way back in my 20s, I sought the help of a therapist to deal with the pain I was in regarding the death of my parents and some other things that were going on in my life. We talked about medication, but, not feeling ready for that, I asked her if there was another option for me. “Yes,” she said, “walk or run outside or on a treadmill for 45 minutes every day.”
Because I was a heavy smoker, this was not something I thought I could do. But I was committed and also scared of the alternative, so I joined the Y and started my daily 45 minutes. I kept a journal during this time, and it's remarkable to look back and see the difference it made to get my body moving every day and to focus on something positive.
Knowing that, I decided to light a fire of motivation in my gut for winter. It would be too easy to focus on the cold, the dark, my fears, my mistakes, what I can't do, what I didn't do.
What can I do? I can walk or run. So, I am going to walk or run every day between now (I started 11/1) and my birthday, which is Feb. 28th. Today is day 8, and I feel like a new person. The funk is completely gone, I feel excited about the winter, and I am pumped up that I made a challenge for myself and I'm sticking with it.
I want the same for you. The past is gone. We all have limitations, fears, and failures. There is a time to claim them, but too much focus and they become so BIG. Let's move forward. See if you can lift your gaze off the obstacles right at your feet and focus on the horizon. I believe we can do it together.
I learned so much during that challenge. My goal was to do at least one mile every day from November 1 - February 28. There are so many times in the past when I would skip a workout because I didn’t have time, but that was rooted in the belief that if I didn’t do 45 minutes, it wasn’t worth it. But the challenge taught me that even 11 minutes made me feel amazing!
So here’s what’s happening.
104.9 The River is taking this challenge and issuing it out to all their listeners. They have already started and are calling it the 100 Mile Challenge. Last Monday, when they were interviewing Olivia about it on the morning show, she talked about how her inspiration came from the challenge we did back in 2008.
So I posted on the Clear Rock Facebook page asking if anyone wanted to take this challenge with me, and I got a ton of responses. So, if you want to take the Clear Rock 100 Mile Challenge, here is the info:
- All finishers will receive a CLEAR ROCK 100 Mile Challenge medal.
- The mile should be your workout mile, which is in addition to your daily FitBit steps.
- You can track your miles any way you want. A single piece of paper, spreadsheet, FitBit downloads, you choose.
- We’ll begin November 1st and go through February 28th. That is >100 days but who’s counting! We’re going to get through winter feeling fit and inspired. (Feel free to start early if you can’t wait.)
- We are going to run several Tread specials to help you get your miles in. We are also adding evening classes in November.
- This will be the topic of our monthly weight loss support group. The next meeting is this Saturday 10/17 at 12:30 pm at Clear Rock. If you need help getting motivated, please come. It is free.
- This challenge is difficult. I remember getting a mile in on my treadmill in pajama pants and bare feet, I remember knocking out Christmas morning so I was done for the day. This challenge will stretch you and motivate you in ways that will surprise you. I highly recommend you read (or reread) the first part of my book if you need an extra dose of inspiration. The book is called I Know What To Do, I Just Don’t Do It and it’s on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.
- I’m going to do this, too. I’m really excited.
All you need to do to participate is to sign up for the event (more info on that next week), track your progress, and provide your workout log to me at the end of February. You do not have to live in central Ohio to participate in the challenge. I’ll find a way to get you your medal.
This was all a great reminder for me, that you never know how your words or actions are going to inspire someone. I had no idea that the hour I spent at Panera with Olivia would generate all this energy, a new 100 mile challenge, and more life for my little book. Let’s be inspiring. The best way to BE inspiring, is to get inspired. A mile a day. The chance to say, “I did it!” every single day all winter long. That sounds good to me.