I am a planner – especially when planning allows me to procrastinate. And since I have tons of grading that I don’t feel like doing right now, what better time to map out routes for slowly building my endurance to 3 mile walks?
After posting my walking goals for the next 3 weeks, I was inspired to keeping going on RunKeeper, figuring out a number of routes that gradually increase by approximately .2 to .3 miles. If I can manage to add that much distance every week (is that overly ambitious??? I honestly don’t know), I can get to 3.16 miles in 10 weeks, using the following plan:
Week 1, starting 9/13: 1.07 mi, no hill
Week 2, starting 9/20: 1.10 mi, moderate hill
Week 3, starting 9/27: 1.32 mi, steep hill
Week 4, starting 10/3: 1.53 mi, moderate hill
Week 5, starting 10/10: 1.78 mi, steep hill (after this, they all build off this same route with the steep hill)
Week 6, starting 10/17: 2.05 mi
Week 7, starting 10/24: 2.31 mi
Week 8, starting 10/31: 2.64 mi
Week 9, starting 11/7: 2.90 mi
Week 10, starting 11/14: 3.16 mi
My intention is to walk at least 5 days each week. I’m hoping that’s enough to acclimate me to each distance so that I’m ready to add a bit the following week. If not, I can always do two weeks on each route before bumping up if I find that I need to. A formalized exercise plan like this is new to me, so I don’t know if I’m biting off more than I can chew. However, I know that my first walk, taken just 10 days ago, was .75 mi and today I easily did 1 mi.
So I think this is reasonable, but if it’s not, all I need to do is slow the progression a bit. The key is that I have the routes mapped, and I can move on to each new one as I’m ready. Now here’s hoping for a mild fall and no big snowfalls that throw a wrench in my plans!