I have been out of town the last two weekends, so yesterday was the first time I have been able to get back to an ATX 100 meeting. My first reaction was how positive and outgoing everyone is. Next, I am impressed with how much progress everyone is making. In fact, I felt like I am behind their pace. Most of them are walking between 2-4 miles.
I have been telling myself I am not ready to walk a 5K or 3.1 miles. James Russell who heads up the ATX 100, keeps telling me I am ready to go 5k. He explained that I need to quit mapping and charting everything I am doing. .. He says I am over analyzing everything.
Wow! That sort of stung! You might as well tell me to quit using Microsoft Excel. I still believe that most of life’s problem can be fixed with a spreadsheet.
So what I am supposed to do? He said just get out and walk. Don’t try to figure out how far before I take off, just pick a destination and walk there and back. Then figure out how far I walked. So I kind of did just that. Today I said I am going to walk to the City of Kyle pool and back. I had no idea how far that was from my house. Then I turned the ½ mile notifications off on my Nike Plus app so I wouldn’t be getting distance updates and headed out the door…well almost. I couldn’t help myself and set the app for a goal of 3.3 miles. That way if I pull this off I would at least have a record of the walk and accomplishing the 5K goal.
To The Pool and Beyond! I made it to the pool and the app notified me I was half way to my 3.3 goal. I turned and headed towards the house. I couldn’t do it all without stopping. Or the bench in front of Kyle City Hall was too big a temptation. I sat down long enough to wipe the rain from my face, clean my glasses and text Michele (my loving wife) that I was okay and heading home. On the way I cut off through the neighborhood just to make the walk a little bit longer.
The ATX100 group inspired me to want to go farther. And as much as it pains me…you were right James… 3.46 miles. When is that Capital 10K?
Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.