I decided over Christmas while talking to my daughter that this would be my year of 7s. It's 2017. I'm setting out to lose 70lbs. I want to walk (hopefully working up to a slow run) 700 miles. I plan on earning 7 virtual race medals, and doing 7 5k fun runs, even if some of them have to be virtual ones on my own (conveniently it is 5k from the end of our drive, down a country road to the crossroads, and back). And I have given myself 337 days in which to do it. That's a weird number, but it gives me slack for the first 2 months of this year, when I was chained to the computer desk. It also allows me to meet my goal well before the holiday season—not that I'm planning a bit cheat, or anything, but I won't feel like making up lost miles when my daughter is visiting.
I'm actually going to hit more than those 700 miles, though. There. I said it. A good friend bought me a 'run the year' pass for 'run the edge' as a Christmas gift. We're a team of 2, so we've got over 1000 miles each to do. As this is my 'year of 7s,' I'm setting myself 1017 miles, but being a team (she does half marathons), she's likely to be an over-achiever! Still 700 is my goal, plus the extra to get to 1017.
I'm off to a slow start, simply because I'm a writer and I am sitting at my desk most of the work day, and I had a monster project due at the first of the year. The weather outside is chilly but warm for this time of year. The days are pleasant, the pressure at work is off for the time being, and I'm going to get back out there, in the proverbial soon. As one kind person on the very supportive 'From Fat to Finish Line' Facebook group advised me, I'm making it a part of my routine. She said just like brushing your teeth, it's something that you do every day, so just start doing it and get into the habit. I can do that, even if it's only a mile, right?
Also, as yesterday was day one, I picked up the phone and I made a call to our local YMCA. I use the term local very loosely, as it's a 46 mile round trip. (Remember me mentioning I lived out in the country? Yeah, that. ) I am going there to meet with the 'girls on the run' coordinator on Friday to discuss how I might be able to volunteer and perhaps do myself and others some good. I'm also going to check out the facilities. No commitments to either as yet, but I'm certainly going to scope it out, and see how it all feels.
There is yarn involved today, too. It's a wonderful Rambouillet hand-dyed worsted. I've been drooling over it since just after the new year. I did promise myself no more yarn, as I've got plenty (and by plenty think single closet, nearly full), but this stuff is absolutely breathtaking, and my hand-spinners say it's a wonderful fiber with which to work. I'm still drooling, but I'm going to set a goal for myself. First 20lbs, maybe, or when I've left the 200 club, or maybe when I've hit my first 100 miles. Not sure yet. I just know I've got grabby hands!