Update on the Daytona 500km Challenge, and the 1,000 extra step challenge

It’s hard to believe, but there are only 33 days until the Daytona 500. Speed weeks and preliminary races will start even sooner, so it won’t be long before I’ll be back to watching what has become one of my favorite sports.

As many of you know, I have been challenging myself to walk 500km between the end of the last NASCAR season, and the drop of the green flag at Daytona. That is a total of 99 days. Here is what my progress chart looks like for the last 10 days:

daytonaI am not up to 344km, wit 156 to go. This past weekend my wife worked out at the same time as me, she wanted to hold the workout to an hour, and I was running a bit behind, so I increased my walking pace to 3.8mph from 3.7. As a result, I can now knock out 6.0km in 59 minutes. You wouldn’t think that 0.1mph would matter so much, but it really has stepped up the workout. As I am writing this I can definitely feel it in my legs.

The 1.000 extra step challenge

Fellow blogger, Rachael, challenged her readers to walk 1,000 extra steps a day for a month. This challenge runs from January 12 to February 12. Here is my progress chart to date:

stepsWith the exception of last Friday, I’ve hit my goal of 5,000 steps a day on every day. One thing to note, none of the steps I take for the Daytona 500km challenge count toward this goal. This is all purely incremental to the other challenge.

That’s my update, how are you doing? How is your progress toward your goals? If you aren’t quite making it, don’t give up. Remember, all of these challenges and goals are just to get us moving. If you have missed a day, or two, or many, don’t give up. Start now! Get moving on your goals today. You can thank me later. 😉

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