Hitting My Stride

Last night I completed another five miles, bringing the total to fifty-seven. I’ve hit a good stride with the five mile walks. I’m able to do them in just under an hour (as in 59 minutes and fourteen seconds). I’m tired but not beat when I finish, and I’m recovering much faster after a workout. Over the next week or two, I’m going try to keep the five mile distance, but increase my speed to six miles-per-hour. Once I finish consistently under fifty minutes, I’m going to try to add a sixth mile to the daily walk.

Sometime between now and the five miles in fifty-minutes goal, I should pass 100 miles. I’ve had several people privately say they would make a pledge for the 100 Mile Goal, but I’m the only one one who’s publicly posted a pledge.

Initially, I thought no one was making pledges because nobody knew about this site, but checking out my site performance in Google Analytics, I’m getting between seventy-five and one hundred people visiting this site a day.

What’s stopping you from making a pledge?

I know that my decision not to post photos of Sasha on the public site probably has an a negative impact on fundraising, but Sasha’s parents and I have serious reservations about posting photographs of our children in public places. I may be slightly paranoid, but I believe posting pictures of your children in a public is a bad idea, as it makes them targets. If you are a close friend or family member, I am posting some photos later this week of Sasha having a “play date” with my daughter Alisa. I suspect most of my visitors also happen to be Facebook friends as well.

If you’re reluctant to make a pledge directly to Sasha, please consider pledging a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

You can also help Sasha or other children battling cancer by starting you own 1000 Miles fundraiser. Email me at [email protected], and I’ll help you get set up on this site or with your own.

Finally, please tell your friends about this effort and use the “Like”, “Tweet” and “Share” buttons below.

The count: 57 miles down, 943 to go.

One thousand miles doesn’t seem that far…