So me and two of my crazy friends are taking the 100 Miles in May challenge. Transparency- it may be a local challenge per our discussions or it may be a challenge that someone told us about that isn’t really a ‘thing.’
Whatever. We are making it a thing.
Rules: 100 miles walked in May recreationally, measured by Fitbit or whatever other app you use. Recreational miles meaning steps you take doing whatever you do all day don’t count.
Our ‘modification’ to it: we need to have a way to make it fun. Walking aimlessly for roughly 3 miles everyday sounds awful. So we are turning it into ‘urban exploring.’ Walking through neighborhoods/roads we drive through everyday and trying to notice the things we don’t notice in the car.
My RA slant: I will be updating you on how my body tolerates this. My friends are pushing for 3 miles a day; I’m pushing for what I can safely handle.
We kicked off Day 1 with a walk through the neighborhood we live in- Dilworth in Charlotte, NC. We walked up Tremont from Park Rd to South Blvd and back.
It was fun window shopping all the cute bungalows! And the smells and sounds that I miss daily when I’m in my car.
There was also a ginormous Rosemary bush in front of another house. I rubbed my hands on it in passing and am googling if that piece of land is city property or can I come back with scissors for cooking purposes?
Today, we walked 3.2 miles. My feet and knees/ hips held up fine. I did have some swelling in my hands today. I googled it and apparently that’s not unusual- blood vessels do something to keep up with changes energy demands yadda yadda yadda. This is fine BUT having hand swelling in joints that are already swollen is painful.
We stopped for a water and a margarita on the way home and I had a hard time picking up the glass, even with both hands. It went away fairly quickly, but it sucked.
I’m hoping this goes away as I get back into shape. I’ll try to get a picture if it happens again.
How did the walk end?
Electrical showers. Of course. Thankfully, I was near a pizza joint that my friend owns and he made one of his delivery drivers drive me home!
I’ll be updating on my progress as I go, and am really trying to not let this be something I’m into for a week and then never again.
Anyone want to virtually join me?