On the Run

Why I Walked 12.6 Miles Instead of Baking Yesterday

Happy Sunday, internet people! If you’re looking for a fresh-baked post for the Great British Blog Off, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I’ve decided to take a week off before bake number 21, so you’ll have to check back for that next week.

I am popping by during a quick break from walking to write a quick post about why I’m skipping this week’s bake–Potterhead Running Club’s Spring Quidditch event!

I’ve written about PHRC on the blog before. The online running club is a community of fanthropists (that’s fan + philanthropists) who earn miles and run virtual races in support of charity. I’ve been a member since 2018, and I can still remember how utterly bewildered I was the first time Quidditch rolled around.

Now, three years later, I’m one of those utterly bewildering people walking laps around the neighborhood with little Azula and posting things like “planning to cap” and “#givethemhelga.”

The basic premise is this–10 days of all out intentional mileage competition between teams to see who reigns supreme. There’s a lot more complicated matters of galleons and points and things, but I’ll spare you the details.

Azula grabbed herself a broomstick

Suffice it to say, the most miles any one human is allowed to get in a single day is 15. Reaching this number is called “capping” as in hitting the mileage cap.

Yesterday, I decided to aim for a cap, and considering I get a lot of miles walking rather than running, that takes a long time.

Pacing back and forth between bowls while baking lemon poppyseed muffins would be extra time on my feet that doesn’t count towards that 15 mile go, so I decided to skip it and wait for next weekend, when Quidditch will be closer to its conclusion and I’ll probably be too tired to think of capping again.

Then again, I did once cap for a terrifying 7 days in a row before my body decided it needed to send some stronger signals for me to slow day, so we’ll see!

Azula and I took long meandering walks all day on Saturday, and I met a friend to go grab iced coffee from the shop that’s 1.5 miles away, too.

Unfortunately, I got started a bit too late in the day and wasn’t close enough to 15 when my virtual pathfinder session ended at 10pm. Staying up until midnight was tempting, but ultimately I decided to prioritize sleep instead.

Nevertheless, I had a lovely day of walking around my neighborhood and ended up with 12.6 miles. Not too shabby if I do say so myself!