Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k…

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k... The walking path

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k...

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k... Croton starting point

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

In case you’re wondering what all the hoopla is about, today thousands of people around the world participated in the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k or WWWP5K. We buckled our shoes, tied our sneaker laces, strapped on our roller blades, and headed outside to get in shape by doing a 5k walk/run/skate (The skate is my fantasy). The original goal of this wonderful health event, fondly known as WWWP5k, was to “Get all Automatticians from 79 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day!” Last year, Matt and team planned this as a company wide event to kick off an exercise routine before summer time and, soon enough, they included all of us bloggers in their grand scheme… a positive approach.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k...

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k... Weir Chamber in Sleepy Hollow

Last year, I walked around the beautiful Scenic Hudson Park in my neck of the woods. It was fun to do and because the weather was quite nice, my friend, Esme, and I enjoyed watching the ducks and passing boats as we walked along the Hudson trail. I kept up my walking for the rest of the year, and continued walking with greater determination in 2012; this time on the Croton Aqueduct trail which runs from Croton all the way down to Yonkers and into the Bronx; the Old Croton Trail extends for about 26.2 miles. No, I don’t cover the entire length of it, only the portion that extends into 2-3 villages near me. I walk quite regularly in addition to taking gym classes. Fortunately for us on the East Coast, winter never fully showed her face, and so we enjoyed mild temperatures which meant we could keep on walking… and I did. I was thrilled to find out that Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k was scheduled again for 2012. I was ready.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryan

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k...

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k... Bridge over route 9

This year, for the annual WWWP5K, I decided to take a 10k power walk on The Croton Aqueduct. No I didn’t double my effort to prove anything. I simply power walked a 5k route from my home and did the same distance on my return… All for good; to stay healthy and enjoy the blessing of a beautiful sunny day. What is a 5k? As per the data provided in Sara Russo’s post on WWWP5K, a 5k is roughly equal to: 3.1 miles, 12 laps around a track, approximately 6000-7500 steps, and approximately 50-60 minutes of brisk walking. So, I took about 14,000 steps on an 85 minute power walk. If you are interested in learning how to power walk in a safe and productive way, Livestrong has some great tips to share. It’s important to warm up before each walk, and stretch at the end. What about you? What did you do for WWWP5K. More below! ;-)

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.” Thomas Jefferson

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k...

Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k... portion in Yonkers

According to my calculations on the information I got, the walking path is about 26.5 miles long and I completed a 10k walk which was about 6.2 miles in a little over an hour spent walking; about 10k. K stands for kilometer, which is equivalent to 0.62 mile. I enjoyed it and the weather was cooperating after several rainy days. It was sunny and bright.  Did you try for the 5K? Do share. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts?  Did you participate in the WWWP5K this year? What do you do for exercise? What did you enjoy about it?  Do share! Thank you. :-)

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Positive Motivation Tip: A successful exercise regimen begins with one step. Take it and leap ahead in good health.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos of the Croton Aqueduct from my personal collection and  Croton starting point, Weir Chamber in Sleepy Hollow, Bridge over route 9, and portion in Yonkers via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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43 responses to “Croton Aqueduct: Power Walking For Worldwide WP 5k…

  1. It looks like a lovely walk :-) Well done you!

    • Yes, it’s a lovely walk, and now that the flowers are blooming, it is quite colorful too. TY! Did you participate? :-)

      • I didn’t know about it, but probably couldn’t have done so anytway – arthritis in the feet makes things like that a little difficult

      • Oh okay… sorry to hear about the arthritis; yes, it can be a real pain… my hands remind me. Have a great week ahead!

  2. What a great place to walk…so much better than walking around a track…Good for you! ~mkg

    • TY! It was fun… I almost forgot to post about it even though I did the walk… Too much on my mind and will continue to catch up on blogs… Thanks for your comment. ;-)

  3. Congrats!

    Lovely photos, but my favourite part of the post – as always – was the quotes.

  4. I can’t think of a nicer place to do a 5k well done.

    • Ty Catherine! It is a relaxing and meditative space and I look forward to my walks just for the sheer pleasure of the surroundings :-)

  5. Looks like a lovely place to go for a walk. Your post reminds me of a saying: In order to succeed be prepared to fail more. Thanks.

    • TY and I have known my share of failure… committing to walking regularly and sticking to it this time has been full of grace. :-)

  6. A successful exercise regimen begins with one step.
    – photography (and music) is the positive motivation
    to bring me out off my home …

  7. Nothing better than getting outside for a brisk head-clearing walk, Elizabeth – I didn’t know about the Croton Aqueduct – interesting history

  8. PS 10k in just over an hour walking is really good going!!

  9. Lovely pictures. A beautiful landscape made my Mother Nature or by man is a great motivator to get moving. Thanks for letting us tag along with you on the trail.

  10. Looks like a terrific place to run or walk. I had a 5k race I wanted to do, but even if I hadn’t I would of done something – probably well in excess of 5k. But this was a fun way to kick off spring.

    • Ye, indeed. It was perfect day too… We’ve had rain all week and then the sun lit up the sky on Sunday. Hope yours turned out well too. ;-)

  11. It looks like a wonderful place to walk. Well done on doubling the mileage! :)

  12. This is encouragement for me to resume and stick with my exercise program. I also love the quotes.

  13. I have not time for such long walks – I work :-)

  14. Elizabeth, that looks like a great place to walk. Sure beats my suburban neighborhood streets!

  15. Looks like my sort of walk, no big hills to bring on the asthma and plenty of interest. I’d probably walk a bit slower than you though!

  16. Wow, just reading of your walking adventures got my energy up! :) When living in New York I used to walk a lot as the city is so huge, but never did a 5k walk. Love the photos and quotes, really got me motivated to continue to walk in the rural town where I now live. :)

  17. What a gorgeous walk! I wish I could have done it to. A 10K is so much nicer with beautiful scenery. Our 10K is all on streets. Meh.

  18. What a great idea! And a beautiful, scenic place to walk, Elizabeth!
    Congrats on your 10K

  19. My hubby and I are walkers too! We look for trails here in the Bay Area. We’ll look for the Croton Aqueduct when we’re in the East. Thanks.

  20. What an amazing walking path and how fortunate of you to be able to use it regularly. I don’t have a dedicated path near me so I go to parks and trails for the exercise. Congratulations on your 10K!
    B

    • I’m grateful for the aqueduct as it makes a huge difference in my life… Plus it is convenient and never noisy like some parks can get in the summer. :-)

  21. Love this Will Power project! Like Mr. Jefferson, I totally practice and support fast walking!

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