Yep, I Signed Up For A 5K

When I signed up for 99 Walks in June, I had no idea what to expect. What I did know was that I weighed more than I ever had before, my eating was terrible and I was so sedentary. So many people can relate to this right now, and I knew I had to do something pretty dramatic and change all this.

So 99 Walks showed up on my social media feeds and I was intrigued. You sign up, take a dedicated, intentional walk and log it in the app. Plus you have access to the Pack, a fellowship of walkers all over the country who are walking with you and cheering you on. This year especially, the Pack has been so crucial.

My June goal was something like 15 miles. Combine not exercising in forever and a super-busy schedule, and I was convinced I would never walk that far. 

But I did! My first bracelet came in the mail with that month’s theme emblazoned on it: Savor the Sunshine. The inside is engraved with “99 Walks Challenge June 2020.” That’s when it hit me - I rose to the challenge and crushed it. That silver wrapped around my wrist reminds me that I can do it. I really can. 

Five months later, it’s not easy but it is worth it. I average two miles a day, which I never would have guessed in a million years. I’ve lost more than 15 pounds and some of my clothes don’t fit anymore. And I have five silver bracelets to encourage me to keep going. I’ve met so many women from all walks of life (get it?) who have the same goals, struggles and victories that I do. 

And now ... I signed up for the 99 Walks 5K. What? Me? Yep. Within 15 minutes of opening registration, I was signed up to walk 3.1 miles over the first weekend of December. It’s a virtual race, so I will track my walk, which can be spread out or done all at once, and there will be hundreds of women walking with me. That support means absolutely everything.

So in the days to come, I’ll be increasing my distance a little every day. I really want to walk it all at once, and that’s not going to happen overnight. Nothing good does, and I’m so excited to see what this month will bring for me, my health and my mindset. 5K? Bring it!


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