Wow that wasn’t my best week or my worst for that matter. I am still trying to get through the holidays and beat the national average of gaining 8 pounds over the holidays. Even with this big jump I am minus 1.6 pounds with one more weigh in this Thursday. I have picked up the pace to make sure this next weigh in is a loss.
Picking up the pace means walking further then I have ever walked before. One of my goals along the way is to walk the Capital 10 K in March. I have had my doubts about my ability to go that distance, since I have never walked that far in my life.
Saturday December 31st I changed all that. I walk my first practice 10 K and got it done. I am not breaking any speed records by a long shot by I survived and now I know with 12 weeks to go I will only get stronger and faster. But I couldn’t help but set myself a goal of 15 minutes per kilometer and I almost made it. Total time was 2:33:44. 3 minutes slower than I projected. The Town Lake Trail route was not as hilly as the Cap 10 route but it was still a challenge for me. I was on pace to make the 2 ½ hours but with a half a kilometer to go I almost crashed. I sat down for 4 minutes and thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish. Then I decided that no one was going to come get me and how foolish I was going to look .5 kilometers from my goal.
Now there are some things about Saturday that are not normal for me….first of course I walked 10 kilometers. But before that I WANTED TO WALK THE 10 KILOMETERS. No one suggested it…I wanted to do it. Or at the very least give it a try. Finally maybe for the first time in my life, I felt like I was enjoying this whole exercising walking thing. I mean really, it was great! The Town Lake Trail is beautiful and the City of Austin is awesome.
The energy of the all the people out on a beautiful winter day was contagious. Young, old, fit and trying to get fit, all types moving at their pace and enjoying the day. I walk my neighborhood out of convenience, but if you can get yourself to a place where there is a sense of nature and community you will can be inspired.
If you need more inspiration about the Town Lake Trail check out Jen Ohlson’s book, “Every Town Needs a Trail”
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Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.