Going The Distance…With Automattic!

Whew!  I just finished walking three and a half miles for the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k…and I feel pretty good!  If you have not heard of this walking/jogging/running challenge – brought to you by the folks at Automattic – I would recommend clicking on the following link.  Come and join the movement!

Old faithful.

As I am rather camera-shy (and a bit clumsy when holding a camera with the intention of photographing myself), I hereby give you a picture of my walking shoes!  These shoes and I have seen many miles together, and tonight was merely another excuse to tack more on to that final count.

Talk about rough terrain ahead...

This is my walking route (yes, that is a treadmill).  While I would have rather walked the requisite 5k outside, it would have forced me to come in contact with our extensive mosquito population.  (Some years back, this species and I had a falling out over our individual eating preferences: I suggested they pick their meals a little less raw, and they picked me as their meal.  Unfortunately, we have never been amicable since.)

It took me a little under an hour and a half to finish my walk, as I chose to walk at a pace much slower than I usually prefer.  Instead of watching an episode of JAG while I walked – as I always do – I decided to watch a few episodes of Stargate Atlantis on my Kindle Fire (my inner geek is showing).  I needed to slow down my walking speed to ensure that I would be able to watch my shows in their entirety without accidentally doubling my walking distance.

Crossing the finish line.

This is what I saw as soon as my walk – and show – were completed (the middle set of numbers being my distance).  Perhaps not as picturesque as a wooden clearing or sunny path, but a testament to my accomplishment all the same.  Success!

I am quite happy that I decided to participate in this challenge, and will do so again in the future.  I strongly encourage you to walk with us, readers, and the sooner the better – you only have until April 29th to clock your miles!  Good luck!