Why I Like Walking Alone
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Don't get me wrong. I really do enjoy walking with a friend. They help motivate me, give me someone to talk to and the time can go by quite a bit more quickly. But I find that I really enjoy walking alone for as well.
* My energy level changes on a day to day basis and, invariably, whatever my energy level is, my partner's is the opposite. Sometimes it's not so bad when they have a higher level than I do - it makes me want to push myself more. But sometimes I really CAN'T keep up and it makes it more difficult for me to do. And when I've got a higher energy level.... well, let's just say I'm still close enough to the beginning of my New Me that I don't have that higher energy level daily and I want to take advantage of it when I can.
* I get a chance to listen to audio books. I love to keep my brain active, especially when I'm walking. It get bored and slow down too much if I don't have something to keep my mind off of the walking itself. Music is good every once in awhile, but I've found I do even better with a book.
* I can stop when I need to without feeling guilty. I like to carry a camera with me on my walks so I can get some pictures. And to take a decent picture, you need to stop (at least, I do). My stops last no more than a minute max, usually closer to 30 seconds. But whenever I stop, I feel guilty because I'm holding someone else up. And those 30 to 60 second stops actually HELP me. My legs get a second to "breath" and then I get back to picking up the pace again.
* I feel like I'm focusing 100% on me. I'm keeping up with what feels good with my body, how it works and what I need at that moment. My brain can wander to something else while listening to music or an audio book without me worrying if I've missed something important. It really feels like an experience that is all about me, and I need that sometimes.
I won't stop walking with my friends. They help keep me motivated and prod me when I have moments where I want to choose the lazier thing rather than the healthier thing. But I'm going to try to get out to walk on my own more regularly as well.