We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the third one of 2018! We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Gold Sponsors for the great prizes they provided for September’s Hike it Baby 30 (HiB 30) Challenge. The winning participants were entered into the prize drawings simply by signing up to achieve 30 miles in 30 days OR spend 30 minutes outside 3 times per week with their families.
Hike it Baby hosts the HiB30 Challenge four times per year. Families from all over the globe come together to challenge themselves and encourage each other, forming a supportive and inspiring community. Over the course of September’s Challenge, 826 families achieved a grand total of 14,055 miles and 842,000 minutes outside. That’s amazing!
THANK YOU TO THESE GOLD SPONSORS FOR HELPING MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS SEPTEMBER?
Lizz: We spent 3 days in George Washington National Forest camping, and watching my son’s complete joy in our hikes, climbing cliffs and making makeshift bark boats to race down the creek filled my heart. My son, who is 4, said, “Mommy this is good for [the] soul.”
L.L.Bean winner: Figuring out how to wear my baby in a carrier while walking with my dog (who often pulls on the leash)!
Kendra: My favorite memory from this HiB30 Challenge was visiting a new-to-us park with our HiB family. Luca had so much fun on the trail, finding bugs and butterflies, different animal tracks and just spending time with his friends. These Challenges help push us to try new things. I don’t know that we would have ever visited this park otherwise because it’s small and was a 40-minute drive, but it’s now one of Luca’s favorite places to visit!
DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Lizz: We had a hurricane, a day of 10 tornadoes and the worst mosquitoes, subsequent from the storms, I’ve ever seen. The tornado day was a zero day and a good reminder that safety always comes first. We enjoyed jumping in puddles and learned that if you keep moving, the bugs bite a smidge less.
L.L. Bean winner: Figuring out how to include my dog on more of our walks.
Keira: Trying to balance being exhausted managing a 2-month-old infant and my 3-year-old and getting them outside. We also started the challenge with sinus infections/upper respiratory infections. It was so easy to say, “Sure you can watch TV,” instead of making the push to go outside and do something. But remembering I was striving for no zero days helped.
Kendra: I made two goals at the beginning of the challenge: no zero days and to hike to two vistas. I thought only wanting to hike to two vistas was a pretty lenient goal since we have multiple within a 30-minute drive. The month flew by and it became quickly apparent that hiking two vistas just wasn’t going to happen. Luca is 3.5, he’s almost too heavy for me to carry anymore and he’d much rather explore on his own two legs. I didn’t want to hurt myself trying to carry 50+ lbs seven miles up a mountain, and I knew it was something he wouldn’t enjoy either. I also knew there was no way he was hiking that far, especially uphill. I made some unrealistic goals. The perfectionist in me wanted to hike to two vistas, no matter what, but I knew better. This Challenge is meant to be fun and in order to keep it that way, I had to let that goal of mine go. Looking back, I’m glad I did because it ultimately gave us more time to do things that he wanted to do. He had an absolute blast and we made so many amazing memories and that is what matters most.
WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER FAMILIES UNSURE ABOUT GETTING OUTSIDE FOR 30 MINUTES 3 TIMES PER WEEK OR ACHIEVING 30 MILES IN 30 DAYS?
Lizz: Make sure you are making it fun. If 30 miles isn’t reasonable for you, then change your goal. I pushed the miles too hard for one challenge and it made hiking not fun for my son. However, when I switched to just as many minutes outside as possible and no zero days, he had a blast and we hit the 30 miles anyways because it was more enjoyable for him.
L.L. Bean winner: Schedule outdoor activity as part of your regular daily/weekly routine.
Keira: Just aim for getting outside each day for a little bit and not focus on having to get to 30 miles or 30 minutes three times a week. When you aim for a little each day, you’ll be surprised how fast it adds up and how much more you may be doing than you think.
Kendra: Relax! You can set your own goals and you can change them. The Challenge is supposed to be inspirational and fun.
Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this September! Join us next time and be entered to win some great prizes. The next HiB30 Challenge begins November 1, so mark your calendars!