Thursday, October 16, 2014

Awkward Truths about a 28 Day Challenge: 10/16/14 - 2023 to 2031 Miles

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Virtual Hike
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The route continues along Route 12 in Idaho. The road is next to the Lochsa River. Lochsa means "heavy waters" and there are rapids in many places.

The shoulder is narrow with some fallen rocks on it. When there are rock faces, it's safer to walk with traffic than to get hit in the head.

This leg completed segment 31 and I filled in another circle. Soon, I'll be in Montana
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28 Day Challenge

Sarah Arrow invited me to join a 30 day blogging challenge. If you are interested, you can join the challenge here on Facebook. Each day, she would sent tips to my email and Kevin Arrow would give awards along the way.

I am not an expert blogger, so I'm not going to give tips about blogging. About three weeks ago, I started a 28 day walking challenge. Since I am an expert on Road Walking, I'll write about that.

Stick around bloggers. The truths I learned from my walking challenge were the same truths I learned during the blogging challenge.

The walking challenge was all about forming a routine I could repeat every day. It had to be simple, repeatable and quick. 

There are four goals on my walk: Walk, get an idea, take pictures, write a title. The order isn't important.

My first mistake was calling this a challenge. Challenge means hard, and I had a hard time the first week. 

Finally, I decided it was NOT a challenge. It is merely a 28 day cycle. I learned to focus on each day and it became almost too easy.

I realized there were four steps to walking and three steps to the blog. The top where I say a few words about the virtual hike. The middle where I write on the topic of the day, and the bottom where I write about the walk itself.

The whole process of walking and blogging is a repeatable routine. I did play with formatting on the blog, and I decided simple is best for me. It's easy and quick.

One cycle is not enough. In the last 28 days I developed the process. Since I spent most of the days developing the process, it is like the dim side on the left. After another 28 days, it will be a brighter.

No, 56 days isn't enough either. Once I master the cycle, I'll continue it every day. There won't be any hint of a challenge. It will be my daily routine.

I was a little slow this morning during my morning walk. I didn't feel tired. For some reason an amble seemed more fun.


  1. A 28 day cycle! Sounds much better than a challenge. Congrats on getting through 30 days not just on one site :)

  2. Hi, Gary: I totally get this analogy, since I'm a runner and writer (fiction) myself. I found you because of my interest in blogging, but now I can't wait to check your recommendations on Amazon. Congratulation! Not just for the walking, or the writing -- but for the beauty of living one's own life. Thanks!

    1. Roy,

      Glad to hear from you. Scott Jurek's "Eat and Run" is an excellent book for runners.

      Flanagan's Run is a novel about a race across the United States. I think they took it off Kindle, but you can get a used hardcover book for under a dollar.

      If you are a non-competitive person, I recommend "RoadWalking: Conversations with my Coach" You can click on the image at the top. It's free if you have Kindle Unlimited. If not, you can always return it within seven days if you don't like it.

      I have an unusual philosophy of training with no pain. It works as well for running as it does for walking.

      Today, I'm starting a book called "Pedometer Wars!" It is for competitive walkers and runners. It may not work as well for runners as it does for walkers.

      Have a great weekend!