Uh, that would be me. Yes, me. (See the lovely certificate below, courtesy of RunKeeper?)
My original goal (as part of my 6-week Nerd Fitness challenge, don’t you know) was to walk 50 miles & bike 50 miles by 6/11/12. Giving me, uh, 6 weeks to accomplish the walking part.
Instead, I did it in less than 3 weeks.
How’d I do it?
- By tracking everything. (This is where RunKeeper on my phone comes in handy.) Well, almost everything. Nope, I’m not including walks through huge grocery stores, or the everyday walking I do as part of my life. But tracking it leads to…
- …getting obsessed with stats. Numbers. Quantifiable, tangible proof of what I’m actually doing. Which leads to…
- setting goals. Sharing goals (here, in the NF forum, or on Twitter). Trying to beat goals. Even when that means leaving the house at 8 am on a busy Saturday morning to accomplish same.
What’s next – especially since there’s more than 3 weeks left in the challenge? Well, I think it might be a bit of a stretch to simply double the goal to 100 miles for the 6 weeks (the insanely atypical sunny Oregon weather did play a significant role in accelerating my walking). And I’m seriously slacking on the ‘biking 50 miles’ goal (again, the nice weather meant more evening grilling & home workouts, less gym workouts, thus no stationary bike time).
But I think 90 miles of walking in 6 weeks is now the new goal. (Per RunKeeper, I’m already 58% of the way there!)
So the #whimstomps? They will continue. Although with far less HULK SMASH mode (as already noted by Twitter commenters @kmcdade & @sabrinapdx).
And to everyone cheering me along? Thank you. You seriously have no real idea just how much you keep me motivated! But you do – oh, yes, you do.