Saturday, June 30, 2018

These Feet Are Made for Walking

This year I turn 40 and I set some pretty lofty goals for myself to achieve before that happens.  One of my goals was to become a runner.  I am not there yet and I have realized that I may not get there.  I have been working really hard to heal my body physically, mentally, and spiritually this past year and God is showing me that I need to start smaller than running.  I need to make my body stronger and build my stamina before trying to run again.
These Feet Are Made for Walking, A Glimpse of Normal
This month I started walking.  It originally began because our local library did a color run fun run/walk to kick off summer reading and I thought it was a 5k.  I wanted to make sure that I could walk that amount in a reasonable amount of time so I started walking 3 miles each day on June 3.  It ended up being just a fun run/walk for however many laps you wanted to complete that day.  I walked my 3 miles for the day and called it good.  The weather didn't cooperate or I might have walked more.  Anyway I used that event to get me walking and I have kept going since then.  I try to walk at least 3 miles a day.  There have been some days I have walked more and some days I have walked less, but I don't finish my week until I have hit 21 miles walked per week.  When I started out I wasn't sure I could do it, but I was sure I was going to try.  I know I need to get my body stronger and the only way to do that is to get out there and start somewhere.  I didn't know when I started off this month that I would walk a total of 81 miles in a month, but I have as of today.  I didn't know I would be able to walk through extreme heat and humidity, but I did.  I didn't know if I would see any results, but I have.  My muscles are getting toned, I feel better and healthier, and my clothes are fitting better.  I also didn't know I would become one of those people, you know those exercise people that have to exercise, but I did.  If I don't get my walking in, I don't feel like my day is complete and I feel antsy.  The most important thing I have realized through my 81 miles is that it may not be in God's plans for me to be a great runner, but while I wait to figure that out, I can be a really good walker.  He gave me that ability and I am going to take advantage of it. 

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