Steps Across

Why would a sedentary 50 year old woman wake up one morning and decide to run a marathon?  Beats me, but I did just that!  I started my teaching career in physical education, which is peculiar.  I love sporting events, yet I am FAR from athletic and never played on a sports team in my life.

Never-the-less, I developed a “Running Program for the Non-Runner”.  I started at square one with walking and gradually interspersed short bouts of running.  I would love to share my plan with anyone interested.  Just drop me an e-mail at info@homemadeinamerica.com.   It was a S-L-O-W progression.  However, I was faithful to my mission.  After months of trudging around the high school track, I registered for my first 5K race.

In the next 6 years, I participated in 5K races, 10K races, half-marathons, and ONE marathon.  My running is totally unimpressive.  Most first graders could run circles around me.  That is irrelevant!  My pride comes in setting a goal and working daily to achieve it.

One day, while surfing the web looking for local 5K races, I hit on a link called STEPS ACROSS AMERICA.  The words screamed at me, “We are looking for 12 people to WALK across AMERICA to promote health and physical fitness!”  Actually, it was a 6 million dollar advertising campaign for various health related products.

The participants needed three qualifications:  (1) Be able to write daily blogs to keep American readers interested as we crossed the country (I’m a writer!), (2) Be able to speak to groups of people about health and physical fitness (Who better than a former physical education teacher?), and (3) Be able to walk 20 miles a day (I had 4 months to build up my mileage!)

Over 1000 people applied for the opportunity to trek from New York City to Los Angeles in 3 1/2 months (3000 miles)!  After completing questionnaires and sending several writing samples, I was granted a telephone interview.  Following that, I was flown to New York City (I’ve hardly been out of Arkansas!) for a face-to-face interview.  I was thrilled to be one of the “chosen 12” to participate in this exciting adventure!  How many people will ever experience the true fabric of AMERICA on foot?  The journey inspired me to slash out on the best smart watch and it has been life changing, my times just keep getting better!

I encourage you to consider your unmet challenges in life.  Then, DECIDE to move toward the goal, no matter how slowly!  Devise a written plan!  Expect set backs!  Learn from them!  Proceed!  Loved ones may scoff!  Do it anyway!

Good luck to you!