Healthy and back on track

Last week  I was suffering from a head cold. It wasn’t anything too terrible, but it did mean that I lacked the energy to work out. As a result I found myself in a deficit for my pace to complete the Daytona 500km challenge. As a reminder, the challenge is to walk 500km from the date of the final race of the 2014 Sprint Cup Season (November 19), and the drop of the green flag for the Daytona 500, which is the first race in the new Sprint Cup season on February 22. That is 99 days, which means I have to average 5.0km per day, with an extra 5.0km thrown in.

When I got ill I was on a pace that would have put me at 572.7km for the time. But then I missed 6 of the next 7 days. That put my pace down to 442.6. Thanks to feeling better this week, and 5 consecutive days in the gym, I am back on track.

daytonaAs of today’s 10km workout, my pace is back to 501.8km for the challenge. My plan is to continue to do about 7.5km per day until Christmas Eve. The holiday week I will likely miss a few days, so I want to have some extra in the bank.


How are you doing with your Holiday workout plan? Remember, staying ahead on working out is a great way to help curb your appetite and to help burn off the occasional holiday treat.



  1. I would love to eventually be able to do something like this! This is such a great idea! It’s something I’ll definitely have to work up to, though… How’d you start your workouts? Just a little at a time until you could do 5-7km per day? My puppy and I walk just over a mile every morning and it STILL tires me out!

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    1. I started off very slowly. When I first started exercising I did what I could tolerate. My walking pace was much slower, and the amount of time I was able to sustain was far less. It wasn’t until I was in my 6th month of my journey that I took on the challenge to walk 100 miles in a month. And the pace I walked for the majority of that challenge was about 2.8 miles per hour. These days I am walking at 3.5 miles per hour, and doing so for a longer time.

      Start wherever you are, and at whatever level you can reasonably maintain. The worst mistake you could make would be to over-do it and injure yourself. Take it one day at a time, and increase as you feel you can. Soon you’ll be amazing yourself.


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