… well, just fill in the blank here … day, night, or maybe even overnight. Another Summer storm is on the horizon, and, so here I sit, writing today’s blog post to get it done before the bad weather arrives. I kind of feel like Snoopy sitting atop his red doghouse and pecking away on his manual typewriter … he also wrote “It was a dark and stormy night.”
I was glad to get out for a walk this morning, though the hot and sultry temps made it feel like we turned the calendar page over to August instead of September. Yesterday, weather and work-related woes kept me huddled over the keyboard, thus, there was no pounding the pavement for a walk. The weather folks predicted stormy weather yesterday and I needed to get a 30-page document finished for Tuesday morning, so those two factors kept me tethered to the keyboard and my eyes running together to get ‘er done. I was glad to escape to the great outdoors this morning, but the heat and humidity almost made me wish I was still inside the air-conditioned house. When I left, there were low clouds and a dark-gray sky which looked like it was going to open up any minute. I decided to head down to the River and managed to make the round trip before the rain began and without getting stopped by the train.
This weekend, specifically Labor Day, is an anniversary of sorts for me. It was three years ago on Labor Day that I began my walking regimen. I needed to get out and stretch my legs more than just in the garden, and, after I began working from home I didn’t feel I was getting enough exercise. The American Heart Association heartily endorsed walking as the best way to keep fit. So, I decided my world was going to include walking. The first day it was hot and steamy, just like today. I only went a few short blocks and called it done. Then I began gradually increasing a few more blocks daily. I walked through the Fall of 2011 and most of the Winter of 2011-2012 since it was so mild and it only snowed a handful of times. I never used a pedometer but had mapped out the mileage in my car for my favorite treks, so I figure the first year I got about 250 miles in during that time period.
By the Spring of 2012 I figured walking was going to be my permanent way to keep fit and stay healthy. I bought a pedometer and two more pair of walking shoes, intending to rotate the shoes every other day. The alternate pair is still sitting in the box. I had good intentions, but sometimes I’d just get ready to head out the door and didn’t want to stop and fiddle around; I just wanted to get on my way. Starting May of 2012 I kept a daily record, just in my head, of the mileage I walked that day. I figure I walked at least another 250-300 miles based on my daily calculations and the frequency of the walks.
In 2013 I started my walking blog and set out in the Spring with a vengeance to reach the ultimate goal of 500 miles for that year. I started keeping a daily record of my mileage, as well as the mileage I put on the car. I walked 500 miles, and surpassed the car mileage by 100 miles in 2013.
This year, due to the Winter which wouldn’t go away, and a cold Spring which languished ‘til mid-April, it seems like the walking regimen thus far in 2014 has taken a hit. I made a goal of 500 miles by year-end once again and hope to make it. Last year as of September 1st I had 340 miles and as of today I’ve walked 335 miles thus far in 2014. So, I guess I am not too disappointed. I am still in the same pair of walking shoes, but, I noticed a little hole in the sole today. Time to break in the alternate pair. I am way ahead of my car mileage this year since my mantra is “Why ride when you can stride?” While I trudged along this morning, sweltering in the heat and humidity and dying to get home to chug down a tall glass of chocolate milk, the calculations in my head tell me I’ve walked about 1,400 miles in three years. Wow! So onward I go, striding toward the ultimate goal, knowing the sun gets up later, and soon the longer walks to rack up the miles might have to wait for the weekends. Nothing is going to break my stride now.
Walking is man’s best medicine. ~Hippocrates