Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Things that make you go, "WHOA!"

Recently I noticed that the Denver Post had a challenge on MapMyWalk (that's the app I use to track  my daily walks/hikes).  It seemed do-able -- run, walk, or hike 26 miles in the month of August.  I didn't think much of the number - just that it would be fun to do, so I signed up for it with my MapMyWalk account.  And then on the 12th, I got this email!  I'd already done it!  The challenge!  A month's challenge!  I'd completed it on the 12th!  And I didn't even start it on the 1st!  Yay me :)

So today I was clicking around the MapMyWalk site (there's more info there than on the app on my phone), and I saw a link for "lifetime stats".  And clicked on that.

And here's what I learned:  since I started using MapMyWalk (which hasn't even been as long as I've been doing this, I have walked 234.31 miles!  TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR MILES!  ohmyword.  Also, MMW tells me I've walked 62 hours.

You remember that "yourecard" I posted a while ago?  The one that says "one of the greatest moments in life is realizing that two weeks ago your body couldn't do what it just did."  Well, that.

Because when I started, I could barely get through a mile.  And I was walking with my pregnant neighbor, hoping the baby would slow her down.  And now I'm disappointed if I don't do 5.  Really!

Last, because I said I wanted to post more pictures, here are some comparison shots.  The first is from a workday several years ago.  I recently wore the same shirt to another workday, and because it fit so loosely, I took a pic (bonus:  paint pants!).  Wish I had a better pic, but it's fun to compare when I realize I have pics of me in the same clothes.  Suffice it to say that there was no extra room in that shirt back then, and there is now :)

Here's the vid of the recent workday.  I wore this XXL shirt to the public school where we were working, and then they gave us a shirt at the event, in case you're wondering why I look different in the video.  Also?  Did you ever do an event like this where they gave you a shirt?  Do you know how much stress it always causes both to ask for a double XL in advance, and then worry that they won't have it when you get there?  Ugh.  That makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it.  The recent event?  Sharefest?  I took an XL, on the spot.  A standard, plain old XL.  And it fit!  That's a first in a very long time :)


  1. oh my goodness! I can't believe you've already walked 26 miles, I think I need this app and that challenge! I NEED to start walking more!

    1. I love MapMyWalk! I really do. The only disclaimer is that it uses a lot of battery power, so most days I walk, I'll have to charge it again at some time. But for me, it's totally worth it!


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