I've always been active. I walk my collie, Sassie, 1-2 miles a day, workout at a gym 3 days a week and try to limit sitting in front of the computer. But had never been competitive.
Motivation came from a challenge by my daughter after she completed her first full marathon in Disney World. She said to find a 5k walk/run and make entering a goal. So I did. Sassie and I took longer walk/jogs and I began to walk/jog on a tread mill daily. I didn't enter to set any records but just complete the walk.
Last November I joined thousands in the Fight Breast Cancer 5K.
Walk for a purpose. Search for a local 5K awareness or fundraiser. Set a goal to increase your walk/jog so that you can comfortably complete 3 miles without huffing and puffing.
You will enjoy your stronger body, be proud of meeting a healthy goal, and supporting a cause.
Writers. Carry your camera/phone and a digital recorder. Interview other walkers. Take notes. You may discover an idea for an article.