In the last couple of days of April, I saw a couple friends share about this “Head Goat” challenge that they were participating in. I thought about it, but I was like, “No, thank you.” Then one of my very good friends actually send me the link and said, “Hey, I am going to do this will you join me?” How could I say no?
I started running almost exactly 11 years ago now. As a way to lose baby weight, from having 2 babies in 17 months. I didn’t enjoy it when I started, but I grew to love it. It became my me time. A time where I could think about me, do my own thing and didn’t have to be a wife or a mom. I trained and trained and I ran my first half marathon just 5 months after I started running.
Since then I have done multiple 5Ks, 8Ks, 10Ks and 2 more half marathons. For the last few years I have tried to push myself to run and I just dread it. I do not look forward to it, it no longer motivates me or sounds fun.
At the beginning of our stay-at-home order, we started going for walks. We needed to get out of the house, we deserved to get out of the house, we had to get out of the house. So now, nearly every single day we take our dog and go for a walk. Anywhere from 1 to 4 miles, depending on the day and the mood of my children.
A few weeks in, I realized I love walking. Now, instead of mourning the loss of running, I am embracing the love of walking. I am not going to feel bad and guilty for not moving faster, I am going to be proud that I move at all.
Anyway, back to the Head Goat Challenge. The goal was to do a 50K in may, averaging out to 1 mile a day. I ended up doing over 70 miles in under 20 hours. That averaged out to about 17 min a mile. With most of the miles being with children and a dog, I am SUPER proud!
Today, I start a new challenge. Once again I will be walking the whole time and I am so excited for it. The Stay-Cay Your Way! The Double Coast challenge. Virtually moving from South Haven, MI to Windmill Point Light and all the way back again. 70 mins of moving every day from June 1 to July 4th. “Traveling” along Michigan coastline and stopping at lighthouses on the way! I am WAY too excited for this.
It has been a wonderful motivator during this very difficult time. Today is another beautiful day to get out and get moving! The community of participants is incredible and I can’t wait to see what this 34 day challenge will bring.