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Walk This Way

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I suck at walking. No, really. Despite the fact that I've been doing it for nigh on 40 years I am just awful at it. It's not my favorite method of exercise because I can't walk fast and long enough to work up a sweat. My cardiorespiratory system is in better shape than my musculoskeletal system so my knees and ankles give out before my heart rate really gets a chance to raise. It's frustrating but it's a great barometer of my fitness level. So today, despite the rain/snow, I walked.

It took me 42 min 50 sec to walk 2.08 miles. That's an average of 2.91 mph. Not even a slow pace according to the How to Walk article I read here on Spark (
). Gives me a goal, I guess.

I had planned to get to this little park on White Bear Lake (Minnesota) but didn't make it that far. My ankles weren't quite screaming at me, but they were doing that "ahem" thing they do when they're warning me they're going to crumple under my very ample weight if I don't give them a break. So about a mile in I stopped at a canoe launch which had picnic tables and a shelter. (I did mention the snow, right?) Technically it is a park just not the one I was hoping for. Goal number two, I suppose.

The view wasn't bad, though:

After a short break I made my way back home. I feel accomplished. And happy. Which is all we really want from this Spark Adventure, right?

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Because music is everything to me, especially when I workout, I thought I'd share the songs that popped up on my iPod:
1) The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
2) Toni Braxton - You Mean the World to Me
3) Supertramp - Take the Long Way Home
4) Janet Jackson - What Have You Done for Me Lately
5) Stevie Wonder - Superstition
6) Duran Duran - New Religion
7) Train - Drops of Jupiter
8) Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (don't judge, you know you love this song)
9) Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - You Are Everything
10) Cheryl Lynn - Got to be Real (instant adrenaline boost, really helped my energy levels)
11) Billy Joel - She's Got a Way
12) Elton John - I'm Still Standing
13) Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg - Nuthin But a "G" Thang

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
J0ETTE 11/11/2012 6:30PM

    Yay! You are moving. No matter how fast or slow you go.. You are doing better than you did yesterday. You are creating habits and focusing on a goal. Walking is wonderful for you.. Even if you don't "work up a sweat". Keep working at it..babysteps will get you there.

You are a wonderfully amazing and stronger than you realize. ;)

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A-NEW-TARA 11/11/2012 5:04PM

    Well the first thing I have to say is that you are doing awesome by getting out there and walking. Movement, any movement, is vital to our journey and you're doing it. Something I had to come to realize early on was to not compare my ability to anybody else or based on any article that gives general guidelines for the masses. Like you I have issues that limit my speed and I started out walking a 35 minute mile, slow but steady and I listened to my body, which I am happy you are doing. Now on a good day (5 months after starting) I can do an 18 minute mile, but most days it's closer to a 20 minute's what my knees allow. I desperately want to run...but I'm realizing that I may never run, but I will always move. So my suggestion to you is to listen to your body, do what you can and slowly add to it, perhaps add some strength training as muscle burns fat, so the more muscle you have the more fat you'll burn. There are some great videos here on Spark for simple strength training, some even from a chair and using simple bands or hand held weights.

So don't beat yourself up, you are doing great! Once everything gets put together you will see the results. Be patient, so many of us have various limitations we just work within them. You CAN do it!!

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CANDIK48 11/11/2012 2:58PM

    Walking, such a basic thing for us to do and yet it can present a huge challenge! It does get easier! I walk somewhere every day. The most important thing to remember is don't kill yourself getting from point A to point B, but do get there! If it takes you longer to walk, take your time! You did the right thing for you by stopping short of your original goal and reassessing to your realistic goal! Sometimes point B isn't where we thought it was. Baby steps!!! emoticon

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