When it came to exercise for 2017, I wanted a fun (and challenging!) way to track my walking/hiking/maybe running distances. Logging in miles with no destination (even if it isn't real) isn't enough for me because it would leave me focusing more on the daily minutia rather than the overall yearly picture.
So, I came up with going 2473 miles total for 2017!
Odd number, yes. But it's a number that signifies something special to me....
It is the total distances of The Long Trail and The Appalachian Trail combined! I would really love to hike both these trails eventually once the Guppies are out and settled so for now I will "hike" them virtually - even though actual terrain and conditions will be different.
Broken down, for me to hit my goal by midnight on December 31st, I need to average approximately 6.5 miles per day - which is a little less than double what we normally walk when taking the dog out. We also have a treadmill in our basement so, on bad weather days, I have a way to still get my mileage in.
I am going to be honest though....
In the beginning, I will not be averaging the 6.5 miles/day. I plan on working up to it so as not to hurt myself/burn out too fast. My goal for the next few weeks is to try to hit 4.5 to 5 miles per day and increase it from there. After that, I will take it day by day. Pushing the mileage number higher on days I feel really great.
This is a journey. Not a race.
Tracking my miles via these hike distances reminds me of that.
The other challenge I had was how I was going to "log" my miles in my 365 notebook. It's not the prettiest, because hey, I'm not the most artistic but here is a picture from January 1st...
In case you are wondering, yes I did a circle for each mile! Like I said, definitely not the prettiest/neatest thing out there, but it gets the job done in a way that is easy to track (not to mention filling in circles is therapeutic for me! LOL).
How do you track your exercise goals and stay motivated?