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Friday, March 30, 2012

You Can Walk It and Then Come Home and Fly It

Silent Sam did fix the treadmill and started back walking each night when he comes home.  The daughter is back with her trainer a couple times a week working out.

So that left me.

The fact that we all signed up for the May 5th 5K Walk to Remember is a motivating force.  I don't want to be the one who has a hard time finishing. 

In our town, there is a sculpture park and it is set up in 1/2 mile segments.  So, if you park and walk from one end to the other and back, you have walked a mile.  So, I met a friend and walked for a mile.  It was okay - it didn't really sell me on the exercise concept but I was worried about the race. 

Then I remembered. 

I went to the Lake and walked early one morning.  Going to the Lake to walk makes my heart sing.  Okay, that is hokey.  But I love it.  I get out of the car, look at the beach and the Lake and am awed by the beauty. 

Funny, I still think that if I had to walk a mile to do something else, it would seem like a chore and I would avoid it. 

I have made it all 5 days this week.  I have really pushed to get faster and longer.  In all honesty, it was only about 40 degrees most days and it is easy to go faster when it is that cold.  By the Lake, it is not just the temperature - it is the wind.  The first day, I thought my face would freeze.  But I did it. 

I then come home and use my favorite toy.  I go to www.mapmyrun.com and see how far I went.  I can save the information and keep track of my daily walks.  There is also a feature that I find really cool.  (Okay, I am an official DORK!)  After you have your route mapped out, you can do a aerial view of your walk.  So you can walk it and then come home and fly it!  What a hoot!

So, I have 35 days to get up to 3.2 miles.  This week I have done 1.6 miles.  This seems doable to me.  I think I will get up to 2 miles next week.  Then perhaps I will have to work on speed....

How is your exercise routine going?  Have you found a way to exercise that feels good for you?  I am open to new ideas.  I am not a hot weather exercise fan so maybe you have something I can switch to when it gets hot and humid.  Please let me know in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!