|One of the trail sections - Suwanee Greenway|
This whole walking/jogging/hiking thing started a few years ago. For this I am very thankful! It all started after an annual physical a few years back as a self motivated alternative to taking meds. I weighed more than I should, my levels were out of the 'good' range, had no energy, felt sort of blah,... I wanted that to change so I put a plan together and am thrilled that it is still working.
For me, the plan has morphed into what it is today. Maybe that is why it is still working - allowing the plan to change and adapt? For instance, after the initial goals were met (weight was down, levels were in 'good' range), I started to lose interest and slack off. This bothered me; I did not want to lose interest, I wanted/needed to continue. Hence the addition of the goal to complete 100 races (before retirement from work). That goal is out there for at least the next 5-7 years. That is just what I needed to continue my motivation. Subsequently I also included hiking and the 10,000 mile goal. I am very thankful that it has been two years and my motivation is still very high.
I look forward to getting out and doing this every day. There are days that it is the highlight of the day. It is so easy for me to get into a rut: work, eat, watch TV, sleep, repeat. As simple as it sounds, walking gets me out of that rut. It's also fun planning ahead for what races/events to do, picking places I've never been before, coordinating with others who are doing the same, meeting up with them on race day, and of course - doing the race. Also another fairly new part of this that I enjoy, blogging about it.
Since embarking on my walking/jogging/hiking hobby, I've come across a lot of information on the topic. Out of all of it, the best, in my opinion, and one of main reasons I continue, is the following video:
Time for me to go for a walk : )