Is that a good book title, "31 Days of Walking"? It could be science fiction, fantasy, fitness (or all of those combined), stress relief, philosophy, adventure and horror, a memoir or pilgrimmage.
Anyway, I've completed January, have a certificate of completion to attest to it. Was that a fast month or was it me? The days whipped by with barely time to breath. I managed to walk every day. A few days of cold rain and snow tested me, logging 100.5 miles, averaging 3.25 miles per day, with an asterisk. Back on the 20th, I checked my numbers and realized I was going to fall short of 100 miles. Why did that matter? I don't know.
I was disappointed at my low total on the 20th. I blamed the weather. I could and did accept the cold rain and the snow, I endured the icy fog, but the wind! Those days when the wind rose, grabbing silt and dirt and tossing it into my face and stinging my cheek, that was too much. On those days I said, "I'll do the short route."
The short route is straight down Siskiyou, down Walker, do my thing at The B, turn around and retrace my path. It's the shortest, 1.8 miles, round trip, down the hill and back up. The short lasso will add .2 miles while the big lasso adds another quarter mile. When time permits, I like to do the big loop, which is four miles. To make it to 100 miles, I had to do the extended loop, putting on almost 40 miles in the last ten days. I also started looking for new walking shoes.
I guess I did the short route too many days before the 20th. Anyway, now the baseline is set: 3.25 daily average. Yet today, I have my beer gathering tonight, aka, "Brains On Beer", I'm deep in a work project, I have my writing, and I need to visit the barber for a trim. (You should have seen my reflection in the morning, all big, poofy hair. Cracked myself up, it did.)
So I'm thinking...today...maybe I'll do the short route.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com