Then, in March I decided to build the Tread studio.
If you remember, I had all those zoning issues come up with the city. I was operating so far out of my comfort zone with the zoning commission, construction contractors and electricians!
Tread started in September and thanks to you, it is growing. My sincere hope for Tread is that it will provide a way for those who know they need to walk, to walk consistently. I want it to be fun, personalized and energizing. I do Tread seven times each week and I just love it. The people, the music, and the heart rate zones make it fly by, and I feel amazing. Thanks for walking with me!
In November, we added the 100 mile challenge. The goal is to get in a mile a day, every day, for 100 days (or from November 1 - February 28). I love hearing your responses to this challenge, because I know exactly what you are experiencing. I did the challenge in 2009 and I learned so much. Yes, it is really hard to make it a habit to do something every day. But one mile made me feel like I had really accomplished something. The myth that the 100 mile challenge busted for me was that I did not need a full hour to get the benefit of cardio. One mile did the trick. It also helped me learn that if I missed a day (or a few) I needed to get right back on track.
That is a lot for one year.
Every time I finished a half marathon, I had to start thinking about the next one.
Every time I got one thing accomplished at the Tread studio, something else would come up.
Every time you finish your mile, there's another one to plan for tomorrow.
But as of February 28th, we're there. This is the final stretch. I don't ever have to do another half marathon again, if I don't want to. (although I am sure I will.) Tread is built and running, all we need to do is sign up, show up and have a blast. And in 21 days, the 100 mile challenge will end.
One of the things I love most about fitness is the ability to pick a goal, work on it, finish it and move on to something else. I've learned that what my goals are this year, will likely be different next year. But I've also learned that these goals have their gifts and lessons, and if I am present to them I can keep them with me as I move forward.
I had so many lessons in the half marathon goal. Those gifts will be with me forever. That last mile of December and the joy in having not quit, even when I really wanted to.
I had even more lessons building Tread. We all can have a dream or vision, and if we believe enough to go for it, we can make it happen. I'll have that belief with me forever.
And the lessons of the 100 mile challenge! Every mile counts. Every time I decide to put my shoes on and walk, I am choosing self care, my health and my life. It makes a difference!
As I kicked back in a lounge chair on the deck of the ship looking out at the ocean, I sat in deep gratitude for all those gifts, as well as the gifts of your support, encouragement and friendship. Even in my moments of overwhelm, you all showed me grace. I thank you for that. Thank you for never expecting perfection from me ('cause that ain't happening). Thank you for treating me more like a sister and friend, than a service provider. I love being your trainer. I love being your Tread DJ. I love creating workouts and playlists. I love seeing you meet your 100 mile challenge goals and getting stronger.
But even more, I love being your sister and friend. Here's to a wide open year! I wonder what's next.