As I was walking today, my shins were hurting. Not my thighs or my calves, but my shins. This was my third day straight of walking and I'd planned for another mile today. They kept screaming at me that I needed to turn around and go back to the car. This wasn't going to work. Too much pain, I'd be crippled for the rest of the day. I needed to not make this walk.
And I'll admit, I was tempted. Incredibly tempted. But then I had a little talk with myself.
Me: You know, this is only the third day of a lifetime change.
Myself: But that's just it. It's the THIRD DAY. In a ROW. You need to give yourself a break sometimes.
Me: There's giving myself a break and giving myself a break. You and I both know that I probably won't get any more outdoor walking done until Wednesday when the kids are in school. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, Rich is tutoring tomorrow and Tuesday and then he's teaching on Wednesday. I need to do this.
Myself: But it HURTS. These shins feel like they're about ready to bust into a million pieces.
Me: No they aren't. Stop being overly dramatic. Besides, you know the only way to truly make the pain stop?
Myself: No. What?
Me: By getting used to it. Walking every day will get both of us used to it and then a mile's gonna be a breeze.
Myself: I don't believe you. You just want to drive me nuts and keep me in pain.
Me: Pfff. As if I LIKE pain. But we've got to get healthier. And this is one way to do it. Just... stick with me here for a bit. Give me a chance to show you that it'll get better.
Myself: *sigh* Alright. I'll give you today. But I want to do some swimming soon!
And I noticed that after I had this conversation with myself, the pain wasn't as bad. I made a few stops as I was walking - taking a minute here or a minute there to take a picture - and then got right back at the pace I'd been at. It was a 30 minute mile. Not the best time - there were a few people that I watched lap me. But you know what? I'm a beginner. A a beginner has to start somewhere. And I'm choosing to start with a 30 minute mile.
This is what I get to see at the trail head. A beautiful creek, with cool refreshing water. And the path follows the creek for a large portion of it so I get to see a lot more of it as I walk.