With the weather turning toward Spring this week, and the rain holding off until tomorrow, I decided it was high time to get in a little walking to prepare for my commitment to walk the 5k Race for the Cure next month.
Thanks to Gmaps Pedometer I can go back and figure out how far I walked today (2.2 miles) compared to how far the 5k is (slightly over 3.1 miles) and I have a pretty good idea that I should be able to do the walk without too much struggle. (We’ll be in DC the first week of May for a few days, after that 3.1 miles should be a breeze!)
Anyway, thanks to Douglas Welch for talking about the idea of a Google Maps mashup that would calculate how far you walked. He talked about it on one of his Live from the Library podcasts, but I honestly don’t remember if he talked about Gmaps Pedometer or another service. He inspired me to go to Google for my answer though, and that’s what I found. 🙂
Now, for the important part of this entry. Yes, I’ll be walking to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The firm I work for usually puts together a team of employees and family/friends. This year, since a friend of ours had expressed a desire to do the walk, and didn’t really have anyone to do it with, when I saw that the firm was paying the entrance fee for any employee plus one family member or friend, I volunteered to go ahead and do the walk with her, so she could part of our team and well it certainly won’t hurt my karma any to do a good deed too.
If you wish to help the cause, (And really, why wouldn’t you?) or you just know that you’re going to delight in the idea that I’m getting up early to walk 5k on a Saturday morning and want to make sure to contribute to causing that to happen, you can donate online here:
I’m counting on the readers of both of my blogs to help push me near the top of the donation totals for the firm. After all, it’s not like I can hit up my coworkers. 🙂
We’ve just started getting the word out, so I’ll probably post a reminder again once the day of the race is closer, but you don’t have to wait!
Yes, I’ll be carrying my camera with me for the walk, weather permitting. So you’ll get to share the event with us!
Thanks for your time and consideration!