Friday, March 4, 2016

90 Mile March: The Beginning



Apparently March thinks it's hilarious. I hadn't prepared the night before for the first day's walk. I might have made it if I had.

I had to dig clothes out of the dryer, sneak around in the bedroom where my husband was sleeping to get my shoes and a bra, and find the keys to his car since mine was blocked in, and check the radar 10 times before deciding it was worth it to drive to the park.

The Scottish have a saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.

Bless their hearts.

I made it about half a mile before it started to rain lightly. No problem I was prepared. Thunder and lightening are a different matter however. So is a downpour. I headed to my car like the wimp I am.

Round 1 goes to the weather.

I ended up soaked and with a broken umbrella. (see picture)

Of course by the time I got home, changed into dry clothes, and sat down with a second cup of coffee, the rain had stopped and the sun looked like it might have the nerve to come out.

Round 2: headed to the park in late afternoon when the sun came out. I had to navigate huge puddles and leap and jump like a frog but I finished without getting my feet too wet.

Day 2: Lovely weather. Dry path. Appropriate clothing. But is it just me or is 3 miles so longer than it used to be?

If you got way less exercise than you needed over the winter it's going to take a few days for your body to get used to your new routine. Don't beat yourself up. Change is hard. Just keep going every day. In my experience it takes about a week for the walk to actually feel good.

 By the time summer rolls around your body will crave the walk and it will be so easy. 

Day 3: Yesterday morning I sat on the Grand Jury as an alternate thus finishing up my week of jury duty. If you ever get the chance--take it. It is beyond interesting to hear what actually goes on in your city. Then I came home to eat a kale salad, and head out to get my walk in.

It was noticeably easier. My feet didn't fell like they were trudging through concrete. I picked up the pace. About 2 miles in it started to feel good.

Day 4: I'm heading out after lunch so it can warm up a bit.

What do you do while you are walking? I usually enjoy the sounds of nature and think about the big stuff I can't focus on when there are lots of distractions. Do you listen to music? Make mental to-do-lists?

Whatever it is march forth (see what I did there?) and do it!

Let me know how it's going in the comments.  

2 comments:

  1. Besides this being a super craptacular week at work, the walks have gone pretty well! B and I have been walking together, so most of the walk is spent listening to him re-tell stories that I've already heard a million times. It's been really nice to have that time together without the distractions of work and/or kiddos. We make a big loop of our neighborhood, and I will say that I never noticed all the hills before!

    Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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