Walking update: 38.5 miles of 250-mile goal

May 16, 2012

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column outlining my goal of walking a total distance of 250 miles prior to Halloween. The reason I chose the 250-mile number was roughly based on an average of a mile per day between the start date and the end of October.

I knew full well I wouldn’t be disciplined enough to get out and walk every single day, but I also knew that once I got started, I would go farther than a mile each time I did make it out to walk. Based on that logic, I thought it was an attainable goal.

In that original column, I also stated I would periodically provide updates with how things were progressing. After receiving a few inquires as to how things were going, here is my first report.

I should begin by acknowledging the several supportive e-mails I received immediately after that column first appeared and the subsequent ones inquiring about my progress. In the beginning, it was good to get that boost of encouragement. It was precisely what I needed to get started. Those of you who’ve sent me subsequent e-mails inquiring about my progress have helped me stay motivated.

As soon as it was warm enough to get outside, I started walking around my neighborhood. Those first few walks in the early part of March were brisk, so I didn’t go as far as I thought I would each time. I walked a total of eight times in March and logged 12 miles.

The highlight of getting started was having my 11-year-old daughter, Meredith, join me on several of those outings. She and I had some great talks and laughs as we got in our exercise. I also found out she had never walked the bike path along the Rock River. Now, I’m proud to say, she knows exactly where the 1-mile and the mile-and-a-half markers are located along the route.

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I only walked five times in the entire month of April. That only added up to a total of 9 miles. I’m blaming my lack of productivity on two things.

The biggest obstacle was a nagging backache that seemed to bother me for a couple of weeks. Then, when I did finally feel like I could walk without being hunched over, the weather wasn’t conducive to being outside for any prolonged period of time.

The good news is so far this month, I’ve already equaled the number of times I’ve been out walking compared with last month (five) and I’ve logged 17.5 miles as of 6 p.m., Sunday, May 13. That brings my total to 38.5 miles since I went public with my goal. I hope to get in another 4-6 miles by the time this column appears in print.

I’d like to once again thank the many people who’ve offered their support and encouragement, and to those of you who smile, wave or even say “Hi” or “Good morning” as we pass each other coming or going. I hope you’ll continue to do so. It provides that little extra that makes me want to go back each time! See you out walking.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the May 16-22, 2012, issue

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