I drove across the bridge from Pennsylvania to New Jersey yesterday. Drove 20 miles (It would've been less had I not gotten lost.) just to walk three. But it was a beautiful walk. I walked along the Cooper River in Camden.
One of the women who is a member of an organization to which I belong (ASCAC...google it for more info) has been inviting me to walk with her for months. She's a runner actually, and I felt I'd be slowing her up if I she had to walk with me. Ha! Every now and then she had to run to keep up with my walking speed.
It's rewarding to see how far I've come. I recall the very first time I walked for fitness. It was June of 1995, and I decided (crazily) to walk 2.5 miles. It took me almost an hour, and I literally could not raise my legs to walk up the stairs afterward. I thought I'd broken something. Actually I thought I'd broken everything from the thighs down. LOL. I didn't let it deter me, and for ten months I was on a walking streak. I did well, was walking a 15 minuted mile, and I reduced my weight from 134 to 119. An emergency surgery having nothing to do with walking led me to lose the momentum and determination I'd gained for walking. Again, that was 1995.
Fast forward to July 2011 when I weighed 173 lbs., and I knew it was time to fight what had become the battle with my bulge. I dusted off my old Fit One machine, pulled out my weights, attempted to fit my old Everlast outfits (They didn't fit AT ALL last July.), and I began walking again. I joined SparkPeople the beginning of the first week of August.
When I started walking again, it took me 20 minutes to walk one mile. Gradually I built momentum, and I'm walking a mile in 16 to 16.5 minutes. I thought that was pretty slow until today when I walked with Sharon. Even though I don't see it that way, she kept telling me I walk fast. Me? Powerwalk fast? I devote most days to walking along hiking trails with rocks, stones, sometimes mud (after heavy rains or after the creek overflows), and grassy areas. I can't see the "fast" in that. Today though, I realized just much I've progressed again.
Our complete walk was on paved, level ground so I didn't have to watch my steps for rocks, gravel, etc. It was continual power walking. To be able to converse with Sharon though, I couldn't walk as quickly as possible, even though as I mentioned before, Sharon had to run at times to keep up because she doesn't power walk. The view of the river was beautiful, especially from the side where the Philadelphia skyline could be seen. I didn't carry my camera because of the pace I knew I'd be keeping. Here though is a pic I found here on the web.
Inasmuch as I enjoyed the view, I more enjoyed the exhilarating feeling of the walk.
Just wanted to share.