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My Around Australia Challenge… It All Begins With The First Step…

Welcome to the first post in my run around Australia challenge. Well here we are, Week 1, and there are lots of thoughts running around my head, so many that I thought it best to start listing them (in no particular order)

  • what have I done?
  • I need to get a head start
  • the shoes will need to be broken in
  • what are the rules
  • need to start breaking it down
  • need to be able to measure distance of each run
  • need to be able to show progress
  • Just get started

So with that last thought in mind… “What is the one thing that I can do today to move me closer to my goal?” While some planning is always a good thing to do before you start, the fact is that you do not need to know all the details, and sometimes a future step will only be revealed once you have achieved the current step. So lets start with the basics… “The Journey of 1,000 miles begins with the First Step“. So as long as I take it easy, measure the distance and record the result (Rule 1) then I can at least get started and work out the details as I go.

Week 1 (50.2 km / 31.2 miles)

Running Diary

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Time to put the new shoes on and hit the treadmill 6.7 km (4.2 miles). The new shoes are different to the old ones and because the heals have not been worn down yet they forced my feet to land differently (correctly?) resulting in using leg muscles differently. So pulled up a little sore in the knees and ankles but I think that it won’t take too long to adjust. Also there was a bit of slippage in the shoes which resulted in early signs of possible blisters.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

One way to add momentum to any goal is to combine it with another goal and give yourself more reasons to achieve them. My wife was very supportive of my goal when I told her and asked “If we go for a walk together (another of my goals is to spend quality time with my wife).does it count?”. Hmm… Good question… Given that the goal started with the shoes then As long as I am wearing the shoes it counts (Rule 2). So today we went for a walk around the walking track 6.7km (4.2 miles) Still pulled up a little sore but much better than yesterday.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Another walk around the walking track, another 6.7km (4.2 miles). This time I pulled up feeling good… Progress!

Friday, 4 January 2008

Went for a run around the walking track with an extra lap around the lake 7.7km (4.8 miles). Pulled up feeling a little sore but wore thicker socks so no trouble with the blisters. This afternoon we headed off to Inverloch for our family holiday and my wife and I managed to get a small walk in there as well 4.4 km (2.7 miles). So a big day. Probably over did it a little and I could really feel it in the legs.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Normally, I would only get 2 to 4 runs / walks in a week, however, as I am on holidays I have a good chance to get a run / walk in every day and get good start to this goal. As I was still a bit sore from yesterday’s effort I decided to take it a bit easier today and only managed to get a small walk in 4.4 km (2.7 miles), pulled up feeling good.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Feeling good so managed a run around Inverloch 6.8km (4.2 miles).

Monday, 7 January 2008

Still feeling good so managed another run around Inverloch 6.8km (4.2 miles).

The Rules

  1. If You Can’t Measure It, It Does Not Count.
  2. As long as I am wearing the shoes then both running and walking counts.

So there it is my first week and I ended up doing over 50km (31 miles). It was good to get a start and I surprised myself how well I went. So make sure you set big scary goals and go for it. You Can Reach Your Goals.

So have a Great week, Set some impossible goals and Go for it… Who knows what you might achieve?

Steven

P.S. My aim is to post a new article every week to keep you updated on my run Around Australia Challenge.

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