I just finished Week 8 of my walking challenge, which I’ve nicknamed, ‘My Coronavirus Camino.’ The rules are simple, I’m going to walk every day for a minimum of two miles until I reach 500 miles. There is no rush to finish–I’m just going to do it! This ‘magic number’ is the length of the Camino Frances in France/Spain.
- 5/7/2020–4.1 miles
- 5/8/2020–5.05 miles
- 5/9/2020–4.5 miles
- 5/10/2020–5.13 miles
- 5/11/2020–4.4 miles
- 5/12/2020–4.1 miles
- 5/13/2020–2.62 miles
Total for the Week--29.09 miles Total for 'My Coronavirus Camino'--258.35 miles
I had another good week of walking, but my exciting news is that I passed the halfway point on my Camino! Another way to say it is that I’m 8.35 miles beyond the middle of my challenge! Yeah!
Every day hasn’t been easy, but once I set a goal for myself, I tend to stick to it. Several times when it’s been raining or cold, I’ve sang this song to get myself motivated, and guess what? It works! Do you remember this song from the 1970 Christmas special, ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town?”
Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking out the door You never will get where you're going If you never get up on your feet Come on, there's a good tail wind blowing A fast walking man is hard to beat Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking out the door If you want to change your direction If your time of life is at hand Well don't be the rule, be the exception A good way to start is to stand Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking out the door
5/8/2020– This was one of those days that I had to force myself out the door. I had finished working at 3:30 p.m. and I was tired, but the real kicker was that it was pouring. Not drizzling lightly–pouring! I sang my little song, and pulled on my rain gear–raincoat, rain pants, a rain hat, and waterproof boots. I was covered from head-to-toe, but I was still dreading my walk.
After walking about for about 10 minutes, I realized that the rain was a blessing in disguise. The streets were practically empty and other than the sound of the rain falling, everything was peaceful and quiet. I ended up walking slightly over 5 miles!
"I'm singing in the rain...."
5/9/2020–Today was the yin to yesterday’s yang. It was windy and on the cold side, but the sun was shining brightly, and no rain! It was a glorious day to be outdoors! My friend Debbie works part-time at a vineyard in Virginia. She hadn’t worked for awhile because of the Coronavirus, so she wanted to head down to buy some wine, since they were open for pick-up. She invited me to tag along and she enticed me with a promise of a walk around the property.
I wonder if that’s my problem…maybe I’m suffering from Novinophobia! LOL!
The sun really tricked us–we went from hot, to cold, to comfortable, and then back to cold. At one point, we found ourselves in a short snow squall! We had a great walk and the views at the vineyard were incredible. I went home with three bottles of wine, and Debbie bought six. I think we’re set for awhile!