Thursday, September 30, 2010
So for the past week and a half or so I have been taking my girls to school and then driving over to the park and walking. I thought I was going to start the C25K but I am too out of shape. I decided that I would start walking at least 3 days a week and get my stamina up and then will start the C25K, so I wont get so frustrated and just give up.
The park I go and walk at is really nice. They have mapped out the park in different zones and tell you the distance of each zone. If you walk the perimeter of the park it is 0.8 miles. So I set a goal for myself to walk 20 miles this week. Five times around the park each morning is four miles and doing that five times a week will accomplish my goal.
Monday I walked the full 5 times around no problem. Tuesday I took our great dane, not the wisest idea, she is still going through her puppy stage, is VERY friendly, assumes that EVERYONE wants to pet her, and she still doesn't grasp the concept of the leash. So after two laps of her frightening every person in sight just by here sheer size and gaining a major blister on my hand from reigning her in I gave up. Wednesday I decided to take my overweight male pug, Bruno. He did ok until the fourth lap then he just laid down and wouldn't move. Ugh. So if you are counting I have now walked 4 miles the first day. 1.6 the second day, and (after two extra trips to the garbage can to dispose of Bruno droppings) about 3.5 miles ... 9.1/12...
Today I took our youngest pug, Ellie, I was determined to make up those extra laps, all four of them! Every day I have been out walking thus far I have passed a nice little guy that always says hi and asks me how I am doing (he walks the other way and he says hi to everyone not just me btw). Today he stopped me for a second and asked me if I work and if not if that is the reason he sees me everyday. I answered and kept on my way. On my sixth lap, and a couple of more times of passing him later, he asked my name and asked if he could walk with me. I said sure no problem. He started telling me all sorts of things about himself and we chatted for a long time while walking. I not only did my 4 extra laps but one more. A total of 10 :)
I walked 8 miles and made a new walking buddy. He asked if he could walk with me again tomorrow. I am excited not only to have someone to chat with and make the time pass by quicker but to learn from him. He is older, has a wife, has 4 children, 9 grand children, is a retired architect, is originally from the Philippines, and is very well traveled! I think that is just awesome, I love listening to stories from other people about the things they have done and seen.
I'm glad I have kept up on my exercise, it allowed me to make a friend!