OK, so backing up a little. I've tried running on several occasions. Usually a few seconds to a minute interspersed into my walking. Well, it hurts my knees, and frankly is just no fun. I can't imagine myself ever running for fun (considering that even as a child I didn't like to run). Even tried the Couch to 5K plan, didn't make it past day 1.
So, what do you do when you absolutely hate an exercise? Pick something else! So that's what I did. I love to walk, I can walk for hours. My longest walk ever was 30 miles, I was 17 at the time. Now just walking is exercise to be sure, but I felt I needed more than just walking. So, now I'm blazing the trails. What do I mean by that? Well, here's what I mean. It all started with the hike I took a week and a half ago with some co-workers. It kicked my butt! (You can read all about it here). The thing is, even as I was struggling with it, I knew I wanted to do it again. A struggle for sure, but so peacefull and relaxing. And afterwards, it didn't take long for my muscles to recover. Well, last Wednesday the group of co-workers went on the hike again, and I wasn't able to join them. So my husband and I drove out after work on Friday and did the hike with our dogs. It was still hard, but I could feel a subtle difference in the difficulty, I had been training by walking a particular street near work which is a 2.8 mile walk, with a 1/2 mile uphill climb, and it helped. According to the map, the trail we did was between a mile and a half and 2 miles. Here's some shots of us:
So now I'll take things one hike at a time!
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