Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Chart? Graph? Record-Keeping Tools?

Joan asked me about some way to chart our progress on The Monthly Marathon. I've been looking, and I'd appreciate it if anyone else can come up with something. In the meantime, I found THIS SITE that has some charts you can print for your own use. There's something out there. We just have to find it.

OK - Is everyone on board for February????

January Totals - Joan

My final accounting for January is 34.4 miles. Hubby and I just got home from walking three miles tonight at the mall. (If I managed more than you did, don't be discouraged - we are not competing against each other. And I have a lot more flexibility in my schedule than the rest of you do since I am retired from gainful employment!)

January 31 - The Day of Reckoning

It's the day of reckoning for January - and I reckon I did a poor job of keeping track for January. Would you believe it's just been a hectic month? I "feel certain" (honestly!) that I reached the 26.2 miles point. However, I don't have a pedometer or a list of time spent walking to back up that feeling. I was at 17.5 miles a week and a half ago, and over the past week and a half I've been out walking a lot. I feel sure I added 9 miles to that total - and possibly more.

So, tomorrow is a new day and a new month, and I WILL be exact in keeping up with my time and miles this month.

Congratulations to everyone who made it this month! Way to go!

And WOW! We're ready to start the second month of this adventure!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Sunday report

Good work everyone. I've added another 3.5 miles to my last total, unless I"m mistaken I'm now up to 25.9. Yey!! I should make it unless it snows for the next two days and that's just not going to happen!!. Although it was a NICE day today, didn't get out, as I had a meeting here at my house and spent a.m. getting ready, and the p.m. recuperating.

Almost there

I am almost there. We have had spring type weather and I was able to do 3 miles yesterday and 2 today. So between work and home with the cooperation of the weather man... I am soooo close to my goal. Feels Great!

One Down, Eleven to Go!

Sheila and I took a nice sunset walk to the very end of the levee then back to Broad Street to Fifth Ave., back to Ave. A, and home. About 3 miles. That officially puts me over the Monthly Marathon distance for January. Ta-dah!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Getting close!

Sheila and I (and Daisy for part of it) got in two long walks today to make up for the lack of walking the past week. Rehearsals every night until ten-thirty or eleven! Anyway, the marathon distance is still doable before Wednesday. How're the rest of you doing?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Major Progress

I had an unusual opportunity today. My husband had an all-day meeting in Macon. I rode down with him last night, and today while he was in meetings, I walked. I left him at his meeting place, drove to the lovely mall there in Macon, and walked for about an hour before the mall opened. Then I walked around a little more slowly and shopped. The day was so gorgeous! I drove back to the church, parked the car, and took off on foot through the residential community. I walked a total of 18,780 steps according to my pedometer - a little over 8 miles today. So this takes me past the marathon distance. I intend to walk as much as I can for the remaining 7 days of the month.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Tuesday report

Added a few more miles over the weekend what with going to the park and whatnot. I seem to be at 22.7. Slowly but surely. Good work Joan, that's impressive.

Monday, January 23, 2006


I can't find my notepad on which I have recorded my mileage. I believe that today is the only day I had not included. I know I didn't walk yesterday. I added today's 1.8 miles.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Thursday nite still pluggin along

Ok, I'm up to 16.1. Its been a busy week, rain on Tuesday, cold on Wednesday, too much work and too much to do. I love those little mileage meters some of you guys do, but I haven't been able to figure it out to include it, any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Weather is supposed to be good over the weekend, hope to get in a little extra mileage though I have a couple of days where I have to go with my dogs to an agility class. Keep up the good work.

A Snail's Pace

I have not walked intentionally or with regularity for the last few days -- and my accumulation has mostly been "in the course of daily activities". I wore my pedometer today and did a lot of walking just to get work done -- I am not sure that is supposed to count. If that is going to count, I probably should shoot for a double marathon per month. Anyway, for what it's worth, this is my total as of tonight.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Carol's Update

For the month so far I'm up to 17.5 miles. That leaves about nine miles to go. Gotta get moving more.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Crummy weather Day

We walked today, shall I say we forced ourselves outside and only did a half mile because the weather now is cold, windy and bone chilling.
I despise this weather and as far as I am concerned it lasts way too long up North.
I can add another 2 1/2 miles to my walking metre and hope for better weather tomorrow.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Monday update

Added another 3 miles to my total for the weekend. Oh wait a minute I didn't do that much--only got 2 miles, it was so cold and windy on Sunday we just did the minimun and ran for cover. BRRR, the temperature is certainly fluctuating around here this winter. This week is supposed to warm up again into the 50's and maybe 60's after a weekend of 20's with a wind chill that made it bitter cold. Hope you all are faring better than me!!

Today I marched in the 19th Annual MLK Day Freedom March up Broad Sreet in Rome, Georgia. (Read my post about the march at Alone on A Limb.) It gives me an opportunity to stand up in my community and publically declare, by my presence, that I support the brotherhood of all. And this year the bonus of moving my Monthly Marathon meter along a little. Getting there, marching up Broad and then walking briskly back to my car got me a total of 3633 steps, 1.5 miles. The march itself was a little slow but I deliberately walked briskly to and from.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sunday Report - Terrell

I got out after all sensible folk were in bed tonight and walked to the all night pharmacy about a mile away to pick up a prescription and wandered the city streets and the levee for another couple of miles to get home. The air was so nice and cool and I had my soundtrack to "The Civil War" on the CD player, so it served as rehearsal time too.
I'd love to give a little more time to blogging, but ....

I'll crosspost this on Alone On A Limb.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Saturday Report - Terrell

I have fallen off, what with all my (fill in assorted lame excuses here). Nice walk in the cold tonight. I'm still on target to get the marathon mileage, though. And I'm over the halfway hump. and there's still half a 31-day month left.

But I have a competitive streak, and Joan is beating me!

This past week's progress

I hate to admit this, but I haven't done ANY walking since my last post - and that's almost a week. It has just been a crazy week and dark early. However, I have a new resolution to do it starting now. I'm heading out in a few minutes - and I'll spend some time over at the land. So I should get at least two or three miles of strenuous walking in. I'll check back later.

One of the GOOD things about the Monthly Marathon is that four or five days off doesn't spell doom for the whole month. The 26.2 miles is still within reasonable reach -- and I WILL make it. My next progress report will be out by Monday evening with the weekend's accomplishments.

Carol (Saturday, 1/14/06, 9:24 AM)

Joan's Progress

This report reflects mostly mall-walking. A few miles of it was done outdoors.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Thursday progress

Ok, weather holding really well. I'm up to 10.8. now. Got a couple of good walks in with the dogs. Getting up a little earlier helps, though I hate getting up early.
Keep on walking!!

Beautiful day

It was almost 60 degrees in the Mid-atlantic state today and we really enjoyed our walk and did 3 laps around the circuit which equates to 1 and 1/2 mile. Hated to go back to work ... next time we might bring the tennis rackets and use the courts instead of going back to work. "we only wish"

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Progress Report - Joan

I'm just over halfway! Our weather has been so beautiful; some of this walking has been outside. I love it that way!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Another One joins WeGals

Today we walked in beautiful balmy 56 degree weather which is highly unusual for this time of year in the Mid Atlantic states.
We recruited a pudgy middle age man to start walking with us and he actually joined us today while we walked a mile.
I'm happy to report we all had a great time socializing we are clear minded and less hungry in the afternoon and the snacking has decreased significantly.
WE all like this

Tuesday Update

Life is too complicated. Jury duty. School. New student teacher. Report cards. To Kill A Mockingbird. The Civil War.

But Daisy, my poor little blind/deaf Cocker Spaniel, and I got in a mile and a half on the levee tonight. Gorgeous weather. Nice walk. Maybe I'll get back to blogoshere participation next month.

Keep walking, folks!

Tuesday update

Sigh, less than .5 mile today, I'm falling behind. WEather is still good, though probable rain tomorrow. I got up an hour late today and had to make it to an appointment.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Busy weekend, trying to catch up

Hi! I've had a hectic weekend, failed to get out with the dogs on Saturday. Did the 1.5 mile circuite on Friday. Nothing on SAturday, short walk, maybe .5 and the 1.5 on MOnday. Weather really nice today. Tomorrow I have to get up early and going if I'm going to give the dogs some exercise before I head out.
Everyone is doing good!

Another one!

I'm pleased to announce that our little walking group has grown by one more today ! What a wonderful way to get to know each other better... and although I know I need the exercise...the gals I walk with need it just as badly. We walked from 1:30 -2:10 and returned to the office refreshed and clear headed.
Our group numbers 5 now and I'm working on a few fellows that need the break to join us.
Thanks for letting me join in, this holds me accountable for actually taking the walk. I have added another 2 1/2 miles to my already 6 miles

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sunday Update

Walking the streets again... this time at 10 p.m.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Saturday Update

Another 3 mile brisk walk along the sidewalks. With plays and school and getting ready to send Brannon to Florida, it's been hard to get in the daily walks. My bad!

An update - and Ticker Factory

I've been walking my 30 minutes each day - usually over at the land. I can actually tell the difference. The terrain is hilly, and I can already walk up those easily without losing my breath as quickly! So hurray for progress!

You can go to tickerfactory.com and make a ticker to track your progress. The downside is that everytime you add mileage, you have to go back to tickerfactory and change your information and get a new url for it. However, it only takes a few minutes.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Newcomer to blogs and Monthly marathon

I've just joined so bear with me, I've never done blogs before. I saw this one and I like to get in a walk every day with my dogs. In fact, I have to walk them everyday, so this gives me a specific goal. On Monday we got in about 1.5 miles yesterday about 1 mile, and today was a work day so we did the short ciruit which is .7 miles. So that gets me to 3.2 so far for the month. Its a little bit each day but steady. The monthly marathon is a great idea. Most days I walk the neighborhood, there are several different circuits I take depending on how much time we have.
Brandy (Brenda)

Second twin updates

Monday I walked 1 mile around my development. I live in the country so it is a nice quiet walk but cold and bone chilly 31 degrees
Tuesday was "walking in the rain" around the court at work. There are tennis courts and a baseball field and I have 2 other colleagues joining me at lunch. We walked 3/4 mile.(we think)

Wednesday.. today.. we did 2 times around the field. I am purchasing a pedometer so we have an idea how far we are going. so far so good! We are even bringing our walking shoes. I hope to get more people out doing this...really clears up the head for the afternoon.

This is a nice way to do it.

3 miles today; 21.62 to go

What a nice night for walking. I was able to measure my path via Sheila's new (used) car today and am much more certain of the exact distance I walked and when I figured my pace it was exactly the same as last time! Wow! My measurements last time were right. And my pedometer was right on the money.

There, dear sisters, is one of my truly weird things: obsession with synchonizing pedometers and such. Every year I do a unit on the solar system with a series of lessons called "A Walk Through the Solar System" I always get obsessed with exact measurements for our "on-campus" model. We count the one-foot tiles; use pedometers; use trundle wheels; double check -- it's ridiculous!

With intersession this week I've been busy. My pedometer says I've been hitting 9,000-11,000 steps per day just doing my thing, not counting "exercise walking", but I'm only gonna count the "on-purpose" Monthly Marathon walking.

I've gotta get me a walkman!

Carol's Progress - Wednesday (Jan. 4)

I got in a 30 minute walk along the road that Ron has made on the land. He worked a bulldozer all day long. It was pretty rugged walking, but not nearly as bad as pre-bulldozer. I'm only going to count it as a mile, though because we didn't walk fast, and we stopped and chatted along the way.

Joan's Report

I got in 1.3 miles in our hilly neighborhood yesterday.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

How did everybody do today?

It's the third day of our first Monthly Marathon! We had several people join today. Some don't have blogs, and so they'll be posting here without linking to a blog.

I "walked" on the mini-trampoline for 30 minutes while watching tv. It's actually better exercise than actually walking because I make it more of a march. I'll count it as 2 miles since I think that is a fair estimate. That gives me 4 miles so far this month. 22.6 to go.

Anyone else??

Monday, January 02, 2006

On Track Now -- Joan

Okay, FYI --- I'm on track now. I just got back from a mallwalk. In addition to parking in the far reaches of the parking lot, we walked 6 laps, which according to the mall info desk attendant is equal to 1 and 1/2 miles. According to my pedometer, I walked 1 and 3/4 miles; I suppose I need to adjust my pedometer. I will count today as 1 1/2 miles. That leaves 24.7, right?

Joan's False Start

I made a false start on the marathon. I stepped out too soon (the day before. I got in only about a mile in my false start on 12/31.) At the starting line yesterday a migraine tripped me up, and I was assessed a penalty and an assignment to a later start. For me the marathon begins today instead. I will post my progress.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Janette: Walking and "reading"!

I started off the year with a great 3 mile walk and an equally great book. I've done this walking thing before and I've learned a few tricks. One is listening to a book on tape while I walk. One side of a tape is about 45 minutes to an hour or 3 to 4 miles depending on terrain. I allow myself to listen ONLY when I'm walking. This is fantastic motivation if you get a really good book, especially mysteries! You can't find out what happens next if you don't walk each day.

I get most of my books on tape from the public library, so my motivation comes cheap. It would be free if I didn't have the habit of stopping at the used bookstore every now and then to see what they have. I can pick up a book on tape there for about $6 which is a bargain for a few hours of entertainment and what's usually good motivation.

Today I started listening to Whisky Sour: A Jack Daniels Mystery by J.A. Konrath. The book, so far, is great but I admit that I didn't do the best job planning time for my walk. I'm really hoping to get 5 miles in each day but I won't be too disappointed if I stay over 2 or so.

Oh, and I really need to find a pedometer! I have two or three around here and can't find one. I'm too cheap to give in and buy another yet!

Good luck to everyone participating ~ I hope you find a way to have fun while getting healthy!

Carol has started 2006 off with a HIKE

I won't call what I did today a walk. It was a HIKE! Well over an hour up and down steep hills and through thick brush looking at 90 acres of beautiful Tennessee countryside. I'm going to count is as two miles which is believe is very fair. I exerted a lot more effort than I would have walking two miles on a treadmill or on a park path.

I'm thrilled to start of 2006 with such a fun 1/13 of a marathon!

Terrell is off and walking!

1.6 miles

January 1, 2006 - Sheila and I walked briskly 3750 steps along sidewalks, which was 1.6 miles according to my car odometer (I was obliged to measure after we got back. I know, I'm compulsive about these kinds of things.) That gives me an average stride of 27 in. to program into my pedometer.
24.62 miles to go!