Earlier this week I announced the new Daytona 500 Walking Challenge. The last race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season takes place tomorrow (November 16). The first race for the Sprint Cup in 2015 is the Daytona 500, scheduled for February 22, 2015. There are 99 days between those two dates. The Challenge is to walk a total of 500km between those two events. That works out to averaging a 5km (3.1 mile), walk every day, with an extra one thrown in somewhere.
Some people have asked me questions about this challenge, so I thought I would answer them here.
Can I count bicycle miles? The basic challenge is for walking. If you prefer bike riding, and adding extra miles to your routine is a challenge, then definitely count them. I am thinking that you might want to make it a 500 MILE challenge if you are going to be biking, but set the bar where it works for you.
What about running? I am not a runner, the cartilage (or lack thereof), in my knees won’t allow it. So, for me running just isn’t a reasonable option. If you are a runner, then yes, you can use running or jogging to fulfill the challenge. Again, decide whether you are counting miles or kilometers.
How can I stay warm when walking outside in the winter? Honestly, I don’t have a definite answer for this one. My plan is to layer my clothes, use my silk long underwear as a base layer and some wool socks. I will probably develop this strategy over time to take into account foot comfort and overall warmth. Stay tuned on this one and we’ll learn together.
The bottom line…
The bottom line to this is that it is a challenge designed to keep me active during the months of the year when I’d usually become quite sedentary. My goal is to reach February 22 and weigh less than I do today, and be in better shape than I am today. If you are taking up a challenge to stay fit in the winter, and this one appeals to you, come join me. If you want to adjust it to your own circumstances, then please do. Any challenge of this kind should stretch you a bit, but not be such a heavy burden as to be impossible.
Come join me! This will be fun.