Year Of The Ox Challenge, Introduction and First Walk Report, Veteran’s Park

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Awareness of the outside world. “We will also be donating a portion of the proceeds (at least 20% of every registration) to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.” Virtual Run: Ox

Project Description
My latest greenspace adventure is the Virtual Run: Year of The Ox Challenge, performed as a series of 5Ks in a different local park each week. The challenge calls for 20.21 miles in January and February. There is no reporting. The medal has arrived. I could do whatever. I have chosen to adhere to the stated requirements. What’s life without whimsy?

This was simple when I started. Seven walks in 8 weeks. Fortunately – or unfortunately – other 5Ks have caught my fancy since then. To finish this challenge before the end of the month, I have to do three weeks of 6Ks, or pick up an extra 3K one week. We’ll see. Other walk reports waiting on swag to arrive.

Ox Walk #1

Year of The Ox Challenge, Walk #1
Veterans Park, Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL
January 4, 2021
Distance – 5.3 km (3.29 miles)
Time – 1:22:21
Current Mileage – 5.3 km (3.29 miles)
To Go – 27.22 km (16.92 miles)
Total Distance – 32.53 km (20.21 miles)
Challenge in miles. Tracker set to kilometers for weekly 5Ks & virtual UK walk. [Digital Fun, LEJOG]

Wide, well-packed, well-used trail. Mostly flat, a few short, sharp dips in the wooded section. Loop listed as 5k. Came out as 4K on my tracker. Wandered around to complete the distance and to look for 5k/finish sign. [Fun]

Hammock Garden. Here’s one in VA, complete with hammocks, 10 News: Hammock garden takes root in Danville, by Colter Anstaett, 2019. Who knew?

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4 thoughts on “Year Of The Ox Challenge, Introduction and First Walk Report, Veteran’s Park

  1. Who knew is right! We have a hammock and occasionally put it up but the only trees that work have the hammock facing the wrong view. Instead of woods and lake, you get the road and neighbors. Oh, well.

    But public hammocks! How cool is that?

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