the road less travelled


We are rapidly reaching the end of January, despite my best efforts to drag out the long days of Summer holidays with my kids.

I will admit that I didn’t think #walk400 would be that much fun for me. I’d been sulking about not being able to run and I felt like it would be a pretty poor second best to my usual running training.

I could not have been more wrong. I have spent hours enjoying the sunshine and the countryside where I live. I have listened to fabulous podcasts, I have had beautiful conversations with my children when they’ve joined me, and I’ve been able to take some gorgeous photos as well. All things that I can’t do when I run.

So many of you have already smashed through 400 minutes of walking, which is fantastic! I know many are very close to it and some may not quite get there this month. But isn’t the very best thing about goals that whether you reach them or not, you always have the ability to make new ones?

So as we wind up the challenge for this month, we are asking you where you want to go next.

We have two options for you to think about over the next few days.

Maybe you are loving walking and want to keep going. Fantastic! In February we’ll be asking you to extend yourself a little with #Feb450. Our current forum group will continue but be renamed #Feb450 because we know you have that extra 50 minutes in you! And just like this month we will have some prizes on offer too, stay tuned for more details on those.

Maybe having walked for the month you think you might like to learn to run? Guess what! Our wonderful life coach Lee from Brightside Coaching will be running a group just for you! And it is for EVERYONE and ANYONE who wants to give it a try. You do not have to have run a day in your life before, you just have to be willing to try something new. Who knows, you may end up as crazy about it as Zoey and I are! And if you don’t that’s fine too, because you will know you tried something different and challenged yourself.

So what amazing thing are you going to attempt in February? For me, February will see a return to running training and I’ll be sharing that in the Moving Machines section for the loopers who are going a bit hard core. If you’re a casual mover you might like to jump in to I like to move and make some friends there, and if you are brand new to this moving gig you can find your crew at New Movers.

So what is your February plan?


Congratulations Michelle @twolilcrickets who has won the #walk400 She Science gift voucher this week! We’ve loved watching you smash this challenge!

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Zoey Dowling

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  1. Zoey Dowling

    I'm planing to smash my goal of a sub 40 min 5k in Feb! I'm 1 min off! I'll also be pushing the distance of my long run a bit. Someone came up with this crazy plan to run a half marathon in October, time to gently work towards it! Congratulations to Michelle on winning the voucher!!

  2. Zoey Dowling

    Congratulations Michelle :) Yeah @JoH who was that with the crazy plan?? :P At this stage my plan for February is to just keep moving at least 3x a week. If I can manage so PBs along the way that's great of course!

  3. I'm planning on joining #Feb450 but I'm also thinking about the Learning to run group. Four years ago I could run briefly at 12 kph (maybe only for a minute or so but still) nowadays I can barely walk at 5.5 kph. Maybe I should increase my walking speed and times before I try to run. After all, that what babies do, isn't it?

    • Zoey Dowling

      It is a really gentle program, I reckon give the LTR a go quite seriously. I think you will pleasantly surprise yourself!

  4. Zoey Dowling

    Hmmm February hey.... well I might join #feb450, I've joined LTR too. Feb is going to include 3 runs per week, 2 rides &/or other cross training days. Hopefully I can achieve this without too many heat waves between now and March.