Whoever compels you to
go one mile, go with him two. - Matthew 5:41
Or this excellent version (KJV):
And whosoever shall compel
thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
[The expression going the extra mile refers to acts of service for others that go beyond what is required or expected. The expression probably comes from the Bible, when Jesus declares in his Sermon on the Mount, "Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two." The verse is a reference to the practice of impressment which, among other things, allowed a Roman soldier to conscript a Jewish native to carry his equipment for one Roman mile - no easy task considering a Roman soldier's backpack could weigh upwards of 100 pounds. Scholars have suggested that going the second mile would spare another from such compulsion.] - Wikipedia
I had no idea that's where the phrase came from. I have been thinking about the 100 mile challenge for the last few weeks, trying to sort through all the questions I got about the specifics. Does my grocery store mile count? Does my unicycle ride count? If I'm touring Rome? What about when I ride around on my broomstick?
All these questions were swirling around in my mind on Friday when I finally did my October half marathon at Highbanks. (Ten down, only two to go, holy smokes I might actually finish this goal!!) Anyway, it was gorgeous! Intense fall colors, blue sky. The perfect autumn day in Ohio. Towards the end, that phrase kept coming to me. Go the extra mile. The EXTRA mile.
That's the answer, I thought. It's supposed to be a challenge. Last time I did the mile a day challenge, it was November of 2009. I was recovering from a very bad back injury and needed something to help me stay on track (and keep from getting depressed) through the winter. I decided to work out, run or walk, a minimum of one mile each day from Nov. 1 - Feb. 28 (my birthday). I wrote about it and what I learned makes up the first section of my book, called Learning to Walk.
It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Right up there with the Grand Canyon hike, a full marathon, my half marathon a month goal, recovering from the loss of my parents, and learning to love myself. Yes, the one mile a day challenge is hard.
It's supposed to be. Finding ways around the goal doesn't change you, showing up and doing it does. It grows you, strengthens you, and empowers you in a fierce way. From the inside out.
So let's do it. I'm in! I want to do it, struggle with it, write about it, share it and hear about it from you all. One mile a day, walk or run, from Nov. 1 - Feb. 28th. If you want in on this, here are the specifics.
- We are going the EXTRA mile. So…before you walk the dog, ride your unicycle, walk through Rome as a tourist, fly on a broomstick, pick avocados, or any other really cool activity that you do, get your mile in. It's a workout.
- There will be a medal for all finishers. A really nice one!
- You are responsible for tracking your miles on your own. I will post on the Clear Rock Facebook page my hi-tech tracking sheet from last time. Keep it simple.
- An app such as Map My Walk is very useful for this. If you use a FitBit, make sure you 'capture' your workout so you can differentiate it from your regular steps.
- The cost to join the challenge is $10. This is to cover the cost of the medal, and we'll donate the rest to an organization that trains K9s to help veterans recover from service. I want to send them a big check, so sign up on the MindBody link. (We're going the extra mile.)
- You will receive an email confirming your participation. It will also say something like arrive 15 minutes before class on November 1st at 5:00 AM. IGNORE THIS EMAIL! It's automated in the system. You can just delete it.
- To help you get through the winter, I am giving a discount on Tread packages. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week only, packages cost $130 for 10 classes. That's $20 OFF! 3 days only, if you sign up for the challenge. It's OK if you already have a few sessions in your account, you can still purchase the discounted package. Sessions are good for 6 months, so they'll get you through to the end.
- It's called the 100 mile challenge, but if you make it through the end of February, it is 119 days I think. So again, we're going a little extra.
- To answer your questions in advance, yes!! Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, New Years eve, New Year's day, a snow day, Valentine's day, every day.
- If you have ANY other questions, please post them on the Clear Rock Facebook page so I can answer to everyone.
- To kick things off, I have a special Gospel music Tread class scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1st. Day one of the challenge. I only have 8 treadmills, so sign up early.
- I am excited! There's something about pushing myself out of my routine, my comfort zone, my stuck, that gets me fired up. This is difficult, but doable! I want my medal. I want you to earn yours. Let's do this together. You'll never forget the experience, and you'll never be the same.