I’ve never been one to count miles but as of July 1 I’ve been logging my miles hiked. I’m doing this as personal motivation and it seems to be working. On those days I’d rather sleep in I get up and go so I can keep the miles increasing. In January, the addition of a personal coach by the name of Hiker increased my consistency. She’s not happy if we don’t do several miles every day.
My morning walk is a loop trail around Lake Alma including a quick jaunt up the McWater Falls spur to make an even 4-miles. If I have a little extra time I’ll walk from home which makes it an even 5-miles. My goal is to hike every morning but I’ll give myself a day off if I’m feeling poorly.
Weekends give me a chance to do two times around the loop for 8-miles or a longer distance on another trail. I have no big ultimate milage goal. Just keep stacking up the miles and see where they lead.
Effects so far: Legs are feeling stronger and I’m feeling more relaxed. My overall fitness has improved and I seem to have more energy. The positive addiction has really kicked in because I feel a little off when I miss a walk due to scheduling.
Miles hiked since July 1 to August 18, 2013: 186
Update: Miles hiked since July 1 to October 6: 384
Update: Miles hiked from July 1 to November 25: 536
Update: Miles hiked from July 1 to January 27, 2014: 788
Update: Miles hiked from July 1 to June 14, 2014: 1,280
Whatever it takes to keep motivated, especially during the heat of the summer.