Get your glow on …

This miserable heat wave persists, but mercifully, more seasonable temps will return in a few days.

Well, hurrah for that news.

I was a little conflicted this morning. While I prefer to walk when it is cooler outside, on Sundays or holidays it is always somewhat deserted in the neighborhood, so I opted to hang out in the cool house a little longer and I set out later on my walk.

Once on my journey though, within a matter of minutes I regretted that decision, and ended up just putting in three miles, then taking a load off my feet for the rest of today.

I think you are supposed to relax on Labor Day anyway, aren’t you?

Soon enough, the sun will rise later, so early a.m. walks will no longer be the norm. I’ve been walking five miles if I have the time, or it is the weekend, but most days it is just four miles. I don’t race walk, but just stroll at a moderate pace and five miles takes me about 90 minutes; four miles 65 minutes. I thought that was about average … that is, until today. I heard Governor Snyder talking about his ability to do a five-mile jaunt in a hair under one hour. Oh. Well, that burst my bubble for sure.

The occasion to discuss the Guv’s walking stats was because the 58th Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk commenced at 7:00 a.m. For my out-of-town followers, some info and pictures of the event may be found here:

Traditionally, the Governor always leads the pack, usually about 40,000 walkers. This morning there were only 30,000 because of a light drizzle when the walk began. When interviewed this morning on both local radio stations, Governor Snyder said he regularly walks to keep fit so he was hoping to keep his pace to finish in about one hour.

Well, that makes me think I need to pick up the pace a tad.

But, up ‘til now, that snail’s pace has served me well. I guess when it cools down a little, I’ll start walking faster or taking bigger steps … maybe I can surpass the good Guv’s walking stats by this time next year. In fact, maybe I’ll make those stats my goal for next Labor Day, which will also mark five years of my walking regimen.

I am reminded, however, about some advice the local health expert, Dr. Frank McGeorge, gave on “Live in the D” recently. He said “you gotta sweat to have a good workout; you cannot just glow and glisten.”

Okay, doc … gotcha! So, I’ll pick up the pace to get more miles done in less time, get that heart pumping and I’ll sweat a little to ensure I’m getting a good workout, even though everyone knows that ladies aren’t supposed to sweat … just perspire and glisten.

On this Labor Day, whether you’re sweatin’ over the grill flipping burgers, or sweatin’ to the oldies to keep fit, remember the hard workers who have toiled through the years to make this country better from their labor. Happy Labor Day! I leave you with this quote:

Hard work is rewarding beyond gold. Sweating is living. ~Terri Guillemets

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Get your glow on …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I am not a lover of this heat. I like a high 70 with a breeze. Now that would be perfect.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………I like .”sweating is living…..”…………….I did the Macinaw Bridge walk for several years but a long time ago……….I enjoyed it every time…………..No, I havent been able to relax today at all………………………..we’ve invited a young Hindu family for dinner and its been a lot of preparation work………………………first I made 2 apple pies and they drained all over the bottom of the electric oven and I had to clean it good because my husband needed it for his chicken…………………..


  3. lindasschaub says:

    It sounded like fun when I heard how many people walked in it – guess it wouldn’t have been as hot up there. Did you look down while walking the bridge Ann Marie? Hope your A/C was on as your kitchen would be steamy with the apple pies and then having to clean them. Bet you were wishing you had just served something cold for dinner and dessert as well.


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