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Rainy Saturday Morning

May 16, 2011

I’ve lost track of the days. I know that I started moving every day before Christmas of 2010. I wanted to get a head start on the 100 Days Challenge that would begin on January 1, 2011. I wanted to find out if I could actually do it.

About 10,000 folks committed, on January 1, to moving intentionally for at least 30 minutes a day for 100 days. 10,000 people. World wide. That’s a lot of good intentions.

As the days turned into weeks my sense was that people’s lives were beginning to intervene and their enthusiasm was fading. As the weeks turned into months I found myself wondering just what I had gotten myself in to.

As I passed the 100 day mark I started to wonder what would happen next. Would I stop? Would I simply miss a day? Or take a week off? As of today I’ve done neither. I’m still at it.

But today I’m worried. It’s a really ugly weather morning and it’s not going to get any better. I’ve got to drive 750 miles tomorrow so even a 30 minute walk will be a challenge. This may be it. I honestly don’t know.

Today I need to find the inspiration in my own words.



6 Responses

  1. Get moving John. Even if it’s just a langorous full body stretching/flexibility routine done lying on the floor, it’s movement and it’s good for you. And it will make you smile.

  2. Just promise yourself you will put one foot down and see where it leads. Best of luck!!


  3. It’s a beautiful afternoon here in Scotland. I’ll just give the fine weather a virtual blow across the Atlantic to speed you on your way! Waddle on friend!

  4. John, you have two feet, a good head on your shoulders, and a while lot of heart. MAKE time for yourself to move- have you EVER regretted it? 🙂 Nora

  5. you can do it! i use to travel for work and i know this sounds silly but i sometimes stopped at rest areas and ran laps around them (parking lot, building and so on). yes, people will look at you like you are crazy but it’s well worth it. keep running, you’ve come this far, why stop now?

  6. How about you squeeze in 15 min now and 15 min later? Just one mile or whatever you can do in that time. I have one of the hats from your website that says, “Just One More Mile” to remind myself that if I start the feet will take me one more mile and then sometimes its another mile and then I think okay maybe just one more mile… And when I’m done I’m so glad that I had “the courage to start”. Hope your rainy day is full of sunshine in your runners heart. 🙂

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