February Update and March Announcement; Going the Distance

First things first -- #FebGTD is coming to a close.  How did you do with your mileage goals?

Consider answering the Going the Distance summary questions I've listed in this page (which I will be updating soon!).

I would *LOVE* to see your love letters to yourself (and I hope to post mine tomorrow) as well as link to them through my blog. 

It's never too late to update the #FebGTD spreadsheet!

Like I said in the Half-Way Point update, the whole challenge has been...well... challenging.  Not only did I start the month in a mileage defecit, but I found it hard to make the things I love about myself actually about myself versus things that I loved outside of immediate skin (such as my life, my family, my friends, etc.).

Drumroll please.....  

Grab the logo for yourself (copy and paste HTML into your blog)

You'll notice a few things....

1.  The consensus is, in an effort to make transitions from month-to-month easier, to make the hashtag a consistent #GoTheDist (not to be confused with #GTD (Getting Things Done)!

2.  A funny little play on words -- Growing the Distance.  I was trying to think about themes, and I was thinking about Spring:
  • It's a time when things grow.  (We've planted the seeds of change with a few months of the Going the Distance Challenge, and it's time to step it up -- work towards increasing distances, or setting personal records.  It's also a great time to seek to learn more -- learn a new exercise, ingest some more knowledge, try a new recipe, etc.)
  • It's a time of renewal and change.  (Especially in the wake of the February #GoTheDist Challenge, I think it's a great time to look at ourselves honestly and compassionately and seek to improve not just our weights, but ourselves, our lives.  Think about this when considering your non-food reward!)
  • It's a time of Spring Cleaning.  (Think about how much stuff -- emotional, mental, physical -- we carry around.  Isn't it time to let go of a few burdens?)
3.  I've changed the Summary page on the March #GoTheDist spreadsheet a bit.  I've made it so people who are doing 2 modalities can track on the same individual page.  Not all miles are created equal (think about it:  it's much easier to bike a mile than it is to swim a mile, right?)  Now it's a bit easier to separate those modalities.

And while this is NOT a change, I do want to mention this:  March is the SIXTH month of the #GoTheDist challenge.  There have been people who have participated in every month, some in just one or two.  But suffice it to say, we're no longer novices.  We are strong and capable enough to be leaders.

To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: 

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

#GoTheDist is the trail I have left for everyone who has needed a trail.  Have you brought someone on the journey with you?  Have you left a trail of your own? 

How to Join:

1. Click on the SUMMARY PAGE (bookmarking it would be a good idea as you will be using it often)
2. Fill out a line on the "Summary" spreadsheet (do not use Columns F or G, J or K -- they automatically calculate)
3. Find your correlating individual tab (it should be "@[line number where you entered your info]") -- make sure your information from the "Summary" tab has been pulled onto this sheet (and not someone else's information -- if so, contact me).
4. Rename the tab "@[twitter name]" or if you don't have Twitter "[nickname]"
5. Fill out the sheet as you wish.
6. Update your own individual page as needed. The total mileage will automatically be updated on the Summary tab as you report on your individual page.
7. Follow #GoTheDist on Twitter for support if you need it or to support others when they do, to announce achievements, and find new/old friends!
8. PLEASE DO NOT DELETE LINES OR TABS! Do not SORT.  If you want to add columns, please add them to the RIGHT of the page.  Please do NOT move your page around! You CAN bookmark your individual page using your browser to find it easily.

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