As my little ticker in the lower right corner shows, this week I surpassed 30 miles on the PJF Trail, and I kept right on going. At about four weeks in, I’ve done 37.4 miles so far. If you understand math, you can tell that I have a long way to walk before I hit 1100 miles.
Someone asked me the other day how I was doing on my walking project, and then was a bit shocked that I’m actually still walking. I’ll admit, my progress is slower than I’d hoped, but as the saying goes, “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.” Mind you, I’m not in competition here with anyone but myself. So, let’s amend that to say, “No matter how slow Janet walks, she’s still lapping Janet on the couch.”
I have been taking more days off than I’d like, but no more than two in a row. I’m walking shorter distances in a day than I’d like, but I’ve hit the three mile mark on several occasions (including today!). I’d like to say I’d walked an actual trail by now, but I’ve done most of my walking on the treadmill. The important thing is, I’m still going. Plus I did pick up a super cool brochure all about the local trails.
I had a brief run in with shin splints. I think. I didn’t see a doctor or anything, but a quick online search confirmed my suspicions. The cure? Rest. And ice and ibuprofen, and possibly new shoes. Ugh. Any previous time, I’d be thrilled to follow “doctor’s orders” and rest (or buy shoes), but now?! When I’m just going on this walking journey?! And surely my cute new pink Nikes are not the problem. Hence, the couple days off here and there. Today was the first day I had very little shin pain on my walk.
My latest complaint is that really, I’m annoyed with every song on my iPod. (I know, first world problem. Your heart is breaking for me.) Good music really motivates me when I exercise, and I’ve got a fairly good playlist, but I’ve heard them all over and over for a month now, and I’m ready for some new stuff.
I just downloaded “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and “Crash and Burn” by Thomas Rhett. I’m still needing some new tunes though. What are your favorite workout songs right now? What music pumps you up and keeps you going through a long workout?