I am clearly not as active as I should be. This is what I learned today. After calibrating my pedometer about midway through the day, I determined that I maybe walk about 2k steps while I'm at school. This is based off the fact that I walked about 1000 steps since lunch to the end of the day. I went home and collected some prayers that I could meditate on and pray while walking, then I went to this nifty park behind the schools to walk and pray.
Lesson of the day #2: while it's possible to read prayers and walk, it is not very effective. I think I need to pick some prayers that I know or memorize a few and say these whenever I do this because reading and walking isn't going to do it for me. I did manage to memorize some prayers while walking, through. I was saying a variation of the rosary today, but it wasn't one that I was familiar with, so I'm not sure how well I was meditating on it as much as I was trying to get it right and walk. Fun times!
Lesson #3: it's really hard to memorize prayer, pray, walk, and do all this while others are walking/running by. Being outside and with so much distraction I'm sure I lost my focus a number of times. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Lesson #4: sometimes when you're ready to give up on something, you can find inspiration randomly. About the fifth walk around the park, I was thinking "maybe I won't be able to do this" and then there was a random snake. For some reason, it just made the association to scripture for me and I found the inspiration to finish my first 10K.
I'm not sure how I'm going to manage this tomorrow, actually. It's supposed to be raining and I don't really have a gym I'm a member of. I wouldn't mind walking out in the rain, but I really can't afford to be sick. I'm still determined not to give up in the first week. That would be depressing. I may just settle for working out on some of our equipment at home.
Woo! I finished my first 10K with God!