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Walk a Few Marathons With Me?

Spring is in the air…can you feel it? What will you do to stay healthy and fit now that the weather is on the up and up?

As I just mentioned in my ZIED GUIDE weekly newsletter, a friend and I had planned to sign up for the Fitness/More half marathon in NYC this upcoming weekend. Unfortunately, despite our plan, life got in the way and by the time we tried to sign up, we were shut out!! To keep my motivation and inspire others to usher in spring with a little more step, I decided to set a goal to walk the distance of a marathon—26.2 miles—each week during the month of April. Starting on Friday, April 2, I will walk an average of about 4 miles each day—of course I’ll get less or more on any given day depending on the weather, and my schedule. My goal is to accumulate a total of more than 100 miles for the month. For each mile I walk, I will donate at least $1 to Live Light, Live Right, an amazing childhood obesity prevention program based in Brooklyn, New York.

I’d love you to challenge yourself with me. I already have some friends who are along for the ride. If you’d like to get involved, please do the following:

  1. Email me at or tweet me at @elisazied or post a message on my facebook wall at to say you’d like to join.
  2. Post how many steps you take or miles you walk once a day or once a week (whatever keeps you motivated to continue) on Twitter or on Facebook;  please use #walkamarathon with every post. If you’re not on Twitter or Facebook, post your progress at the end of this blog post to stay motivated and encourage others to get involved.
  3. If you’d like to commit to donate to a charity of your choice, feel free to post that as well to make yourself accountable and inspire others to be charitable as well.
  4. Remember that EACH AND EVERY STEP YOU TAKE counts towards your total, so be sure to strap on that pedometer or do whatever it will take, rain or shine, indoors or out, to count every step you take. 20 blocks counts as one mile. You can walk solo, or grab a friend or even a group of friends to walk. Most importantly, and to avoid injury, be sure to set weekly/monthly goals that are healthful and realistic for you. No matter what distance you cover this month, even if you don’t meet your goal, every step you take will help you stay fit, inspire others, and potentially even help a cause or charity close to your heart.
  5. Please share this post with your colleagues, friends, and family. The more we can spread the word, the more motivated we will each be to challenge ourselves and at the same time, help others.

Thank you for your support! Are you in?

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About The Author

Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized and award-winning health and nutrition expert, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books. An avid walker, she loves motivating others to #moveitorloseit. A book lover, she recently earned a certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton and is currently working on several young adult novels. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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