Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Walking

50k 100k in May 

Sitting under a tree taking in my surroundings after hitting 100k yesterday

I'd really been struggling with the lack of movement in my life, as you know.  The sedentary lifestyle we've found ourselves in had me physically struggling with declined fitness and weight gain.

Then I was reminded of the May 50k, which is an awareness campaign designed to raise money to "kiss goodbye to MS". What a great way to not only get my fitness back on track, but raise awareness for MS in the process.

So on Sunday 3 May I kicked off my May 50k participation via a 7km round trip to my local town centre. With a backpack on my back I strode down the bike path, under the  main road, around the lake, past the skateboard park, via the high rise apartments and into KMart.

This  picturesque COVID isolation escape reinvigorated my love for walking and motivated me to reach my 50k goal as quickly as possible.

Striding out wherever I can find a spare 20 minutes

I started with 1km goals set on the Samsung Health app on my phone. The idea was to get out of the house a couple of times a day via these shorter achievable walks that would still allow me to be at my desk during normal work hours.

My 1km goals quickly moved to 1.5km and then 2km as I set my Samsung Health to track my progress.  I have worked out the perfect 2.1km circuit which lately I've managed to achieve 3 times a day.

Why drive to the shops when you can throw on a backpack and walk?

Years ago Miss T and I would head out for 5km walks every morning pre-dawn to keep our fitness levels up.  But it became a little onerous after a couple of years and lost its luster, especially during the horridly cold winter months.  Reinvigorating my love for walking via shorter walks more frequently is definitely just what the doctor ordered.

How to get the most out of your walking:

  • Track it: Download an app to track your distance, set goals and celebrate the results
  • Start small: Set small achievable distances and increase the repetition of these distances each week
  • Set goals: Set challenges for yourself like increasing the distance, increasing your pace or increasing your frequency
  • Recognise progress: Record your results so you can see progress
  • Listen: Take your headphones and use this time to listen to music, catch up on the news, take in a podcast, chat to friends, take a meeting ... or ditch the headphones and listen to nature instead.
  • Look: Absorb your surroundings, recognise the beauty where you live and choose your favourite path for maximum appreciation. 
  • Share: Take photos and share your walks via social media which not only encourages you to continue, but may inspire others to get their fitness underway 
  • Contribute: Find causes like the May 50k that not only motivate you, but also allow your walking to extend beyond you 
  • Enjoy: Find ways to bring joy to your exercise. If you don't love to walk, then find an exercise regime that works best for you.  
Finding new spaces to admire in my local area

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my story yesterday where I hit 100km for the month.  Forget 50k in May, I went for 100k baby! 

I'm not about to stop now.  I look forward to adding at least another 10km before the end of the month and set new goals for myself in June. Who knows, I may even adding some jogging! (Ok, ok, let's not get too excited ... )

To find out more about the May 50k and contribute to #kissgoodbyetoMS head to the May 50k website

What other causes could inspire us to walk more?

What motivates you to exercise?

How many k do you think you've done in May? 



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21 comments :

  1. I average 6.7 a day (which is down on my 2019 average of 8km). I have been making my dog walks a little longer while I set off exploring new paths looking for 'Dispatches from Elsewhere' excitement. It's become a really joyful game for me...

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    1. Wow!! that's a good average. Mine is climbing. I am currently at 5km a day average around the edges of my work day. I'd like to get to 7km a day.

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  2. Congrats, Leanne, on your 100K in May! Your list of how to get the most out of your walking is right on. I've been living car-free most of my life so I log a lot of kms from my walks to exercise and to get from A to B. Keep on walking!

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    1. Wow, That's so noble and cool to be living a car-free existence. Not sure noble is the right word, but it kind of feels "noble". Go you!

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  3. I'm doing this 1000 mile challenge. I started at the beginning of April and am now at about the 350 ile mark - averaging 10kms a day. It's a challenge I'm loving.

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    1. 1000 mile challenge. That's super duper cool. 10k a day is a big goal around the edges of work. Well done you!!

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  4. Good on you! I've been walking but not every day and I'm not sure how far I go ... so this is the kick up the backside I need. I should track how far I go because that will inspire me to hit goals and do better. Also should walk every day. I can be so slack and I do feel I've gained weight lately too. I do love walking but geez I miss my Reformer Pilates classes!

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    1. I find that tracking it really holds me accountable. I need it! I look forward to your return to Reformer Pilates too. I know how much you love it. Not long now. Actually, by the time I've written this comment, it may already be open again?

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  5. Well-done you! That is so good and a wonderful antidote to the inside blues....I have been more aware of my movement since owning an Apple Watch. It helps me set goals and they are not too over the top because then I would not feel success. I have to remember my walking is challenged with feet affected by a few of nature's wonderful effects of aging and my right leg is minus a fibula. However, I know being active as I can each day - even if it is only a walk inside a shopping centre- helps me feel well. Great news about how you are going, Leanne.

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    1. Look at you all fancy with the Apple Watch! xoxo
      i can't imagine walking without my fibula. I'm already feeling old and broken and sore and I have all my bones and muscles.

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  6. I've struggled with exercise for 15 ish months due to injury and I'm looking forward to getting to do it again some time!

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    1. I really feel for you with your injury. My son has been injured on and off for 2 years and he's struggled with lack of sport and activity as a result. My bestie currently has stress fractures all through her foot and is usually an avid walker/jogger, so she too is struggling. It sucks when your body lets you down like that. Really sucks. Hope to see you on your feet and fully functioning again soon Vanessa. xoxo

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  7. Hi Leanne - well done on doubling your walking goal. I realized how much I needed to up my game 18 months ago when I bought a fitbit and saw how little I was actually moving. Since then I average about 5-7km a day and do it every day. Having more time now means I can choose when to walk and I never take a phone or any distraction - it's just me and nature and the people I wave and say hello to - I love it and I'm glad you're re-discovering it.

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    1. I love that average. I strive for that average. Definitely ensuring I do 5km a day in June. By August I hope to be at 7km.

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  8. Aah, now you're making me feel guilty! Gonna wack on that FitBit and hit out some steps today.Promise.

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  9. Just the motivation I need to get more active in June. It was so easy to not keep my steps up during iso....

    SSG xxx

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    1. No, and it probably isn't quite as easy in Sydney due to "people". I'm lucky in Canberra that the suburb I live in has lots of greeen space. Plus working from home means I have more time. Glad I could sure my new found motivation with you SSG!

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  10. It is so easy to get sluggish when life has left our motivation behind, so it is great to see you getting out walking again. Good idea to start in small achievable bursts. I have been severely hampered the last couple of months since my ankle operation, but I am starting to get out for short slow walks. So nice to be out. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. How's your ankle going now? I don't think I'd cope if my foot or leg was "cactus".

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  11. I need to get less sluggish. Very nice. It has given me some motivation. Thanks for this.

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    1. You're welcome! You seem to get some good walking in, going by your Instagram account, you're always out and about. You motivate me to get out in my local area more just by watching your feed, so thank you in return!

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