This spring I made a goal to walk down the road to, around, and back home from a nearby lake. It is a total of 3.8 miles, all curves, hills, and bridges.
I've made the walk on May 29th, June 3rd, June 11, June 19, June 28, skipped a week due to constant rain, and today, July 8, so far.
This is a huge physical fitness victory for me!!!
A year ago, I walked this route once (didn't do the walk to and from the lake, I had daughter drop me off and pick me up at the same spot) and it put me in bed for 3 days afterwards and I still couldn't work out the rest of the week due to a fibromyalgia flare-up from it.
However, I continued to walk, sometimes indoors with Leslie Sansome dvd, sometimes outside along the route, s-l-o-w-l-y adding distance and time. I added a lot of strength training as well over the winter and spring.
The exciting news.....this spring and summer, I am able to walk this route once a week!!!
AND only 1x did I have to have a nap that afternoon as part of my recovery. Usually I don't need to rest and by the next morning I am raring to go for another round!! LOL This is just amazing to me!! 2 years ago, I was hardly able to walk our 1/4mile lane to get the mail or hike our woods with my family without it landing me in bed.
Sometimes our son joins me, other times he and the dog, sometimes the dog only, and sometimes I do it on my own. I have discovered it is much easier when our son joins me and we chat along the way. It is harder if I take the dog as he is getting older and can't take the humidity and I have to keep stopping for him and worry if he's ok, plus he attracts other dogs who won't stay in their yards. LOL
To make sure I don't over-do, I do a stretching yoga routine the day after each trip around the lake to help my muscle fully recover and make sure they don't bind up. I drink LOTS of extra water and make sure I get all my protein and healthy fats the rest of the day and the next day.
So, I've decided to join the Virtual Race SparkTeam and start earning Virtual Race Awards for each time I accomplish this goal.