The weather has been cooperating in our area lately, and that means one thing. It’s time to go walking.
I’ve played with the idea of joining a gym. But so far, I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. So for the time being, I’m just going to throw on my runners and head for the nearest hill.
Today’s hill resembled a gravel driveway. This road shares a mountain driveway, however if you continue on, it leads to a mountain trail you saw in the first picture. It’s gorgeous and tempting to keep going! But I stay on the driveway unless I’m with another for safety’s sake.
The hill doesn’t look like much, but that’s a fair grade. Once I reach the hill, I just walk up and down, many times over. It’s all about the hill.
There’s a reason for it too.
I can’t get my heart rate up walking on flat ground. Maybe if I carried weights, but I really don’t love level walking. A hill will get your heart racing going up, and because of the grade going down, it moves you along faster than if you were walking flat. So you win going both ways.
I’d LOVE the ability to run on flat ground, but my back/neck don’t agree.
So a hill does it for me.
I consider myself an official walker now because I have the pants to prove it.
Until now, I’ve been walking in jeans and a farmer jacket, eh? But… well, the clothing was bogging me down. If you’re gonna move and break out into a sweat, you need to go light. It’s made a big difference!
Next up will be real walking shoes. Soon.
Another reason I love a good hill is because of the view. Oh my goodness… isn’t this gorgeous?
Funny fact.. see that barn and house with the red roof?
I have a little history with that place. I’ve dreamt forever that it was mine. So I guess I’ll just pretend it is each time I walk since it taunts me daily!
The mere thought of something like that being mine actually boosts my speed. It’s as if I work a little harder, it could be. Not really sure on that mentality, but I’ll take it!
I realize this post had nothing to do with junk. But it has to do with the health of a junker. So it still legally ties in, right?
Trust me when I say, I’d much prefer to stay home, sitting down, locked in front of my computer or putzing around in the yard working on things. But for me, walking is like lubrication for the joints. If I don’t move, I seize up, loose motivation, feel lazy, and would rather have a nap.
And gain weight… of course.
I currently walk that hill for one hour. Up and down. I have other places to walk, but I like this route because there’s no traffic.
And it sounds pretty too!
Doesn’t sound that exciting does it? Well, I do something that gets my mind off the walking. I practice talking.
I pretend I’m a motivational speaker in front of an audience and practice my spiel on various topics. I appear to be a no notes kinda gal… don’t you admire those type? Throw me a topic and try and keep me down!
I don’t know why I do this. Maybe it’s practice for the possible pie in the sky workshop with my friend. Or maybe I’m very simply losing it…
No matter. Walking and talking up and down the hill is free and is doing me some good!
Wonder what I could accomplish with decent shoes…
- – - – -
Have you started your own walking/running this year yet? How far do you go?