Step count challenge 2014

Yesterday I only had one thing I absolutely needed to do (besides work which is more of an ongoing five days a week commitment so it’s barely worth mentioning) – sign up for the Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon weekend in January! Early registration for annual pass holders opened at 9 AM yesterday morning and I didn’t want to miss out. I’m not crazy enough to run the half marathon, but I signed up for the 5K on January 16th and the 10K on January 17th. This might still be crazy since I’ve already committed to running the Walt Disney World 10K in Orlando on January 9th (my birthday!) and then the half marathon on January 10th. Yikes! I’m going to be burning a lot of calories in January! I’m probably being too ambitious with the Star Wars races just a few days after I get back from Orlando, but this is a brand new event and I couldn’t resist. The good thing is that I’m confident in my ability to run the 5K and 10K distances without too much trouble so I can still participate in the Star Wars festivities without overexerting myself.

But this story is really just a gateway so I can can inform you that Boeing on the Move has started again! My new pedometer arrived in the mail about two weeks ago, but I didn’t remember to actually put it on until Monday morning, which is lucky because that was the first day of the challenge. Last year I earned $100 for averaging 12,000 steps per day for the duration of Boeing on the Move, and this year I’m determined to get some more free money. However, I have to average 13,000 steps per day for the same amount this year. But I know I can do it. My half marathon training plan is definitely going to help, especially with my long runs on the weekends, but I’ve been making sure to do some other form of exercise on my non-running days. I go to spinning class once a week, I do some weight training at home about three days a week, and when I have the time I like to take walks around my neighborhood in the evening. All of that equals more steps on my pedometer! It’s so much fun watching everyone check their step counts throughout the day at work. It’s so rewarding to see that number increase and know you’re doing something good for yourself. Embracing such a healthy habit is great – even if it is for the money! I definitely find myself getting up from my desk and waking around a lot more when I have that positive affirmation of the click-click of my pedometer with every step I take. It’s almost addictive! I even walk or dance around when I’m getting ready in the morning or when I’m washing dishes in the evening. Boeing on the Move is always a good experience and I plan to log more steps than ever in 2014. I’ll let you know how it goes!