You’ve completed the NYC 3.1 miles.
You are one urban athlete!
You just stepped your way through the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K in NYC.
Wow! Are They Talking About Me?
The email elicited a small smile and set the tone for my day.
After all, I am an urban athlete capable of meeting any challenge!
The cheapest trip to NYC ever…all on my smartphone with a fitbit* challenge.
I walked the streets of my Portland, Oregon neighborhood with my faithful dog Ginny listening to podcasts on NPR One.
Some favorite podcasts are “Modern Love”, “The Hidden Brain” and “How I Made It”.
“Going Postal” brings up terrible images of postal and other workers shooting their co-workers.
My experience has been very different.
I went “postal” years ago.
I swam a mile everyday which was an accomplishment for me as a working mother of small children.
I left home around 5:30 every weekday and swam from 6-7 at the local pool.
It was simultaneously gratifying, boring and lonely.
I sang to myself to pass the time and keep a steady, rhythmic pace.
I was surprised and embarrassed when the swimmer in the next lane asked me, “Are you singing “Silver Bells”? I felt like such a nerd!
So, to make it more fun, I signed up through the mail for a 30-day postal swimming challenge. Nothing was on-line back in the day!
The organizers sent me a log sheet with a signature block for my coach/lifeguard to verify my distance and time.
I mailed my signed log sheet in every week.
At the end of 30 days, the organizers sent me a certificate…suitable for framing!
I was hooked and signed up for more over the years that I swam.
The Moral of the Story
Looking back, I shake my head that I would leave my warm bed, drive across town year-round to jump in a chilly, chlorinated pool for an hour.
Where did that girl go?
Now, I consider it an accomplishment to leave my house at 7 A.M. to drive to yoga in a nice gym, chatting before class with my buddies and enjoying the sauna or hot tub afterwards.
I am not an athlete…but I will work for praise and a sense of accomplishment.
I guess I could frame the email from fitbit
My New Challenge
My new fitbit challenge starts today. I am walking to Vernal Falls in Yosemite…15,000 steps. In this challenge, I will “digitally walk along a path over several days with the intent of enjoying scenic landmarks, learning new facts about health and fitness and reaching …Daily Destinations….” (fitbit).
Being a competitive overachiever, I will most likely finish this challenge in two days time at the most.
It’s only 15000 steps.
Gotta get walking!