Last year I made a promise to myself that I would start running. I managed 4 runs and promptly gave up. It’s not the first time I have tried. It became very clear that running was not something I enjoyed. In fact I hated it. I struggled with my breath and I also didn’t like the achy after effects. I managed to run a mile non stop and I only did that because I had a bit of OCD to get to that point.
After Christmas it became clear that I had given up on that promise of running. I wanted to do something that made me feel good, not something that I dreaded. It’s taken me till now to decided that walking is the way to go, for now anyway. I may in time build it up to a run but for now I’m enjoying the slower paced walks.
This week I started my first official week of school drop offs and my new walking regime. I loved my first walk, it took me all around my surrounding area of where I live and on that first day I managed 3.5 miles. The fresh air did me the world of good and it was lovely to clear my head and just breathe.
I managed another 2.5 miles on Wednesday. I’d planned to go for another short walk with my sister in law on Friday but due to a poorly H we had to put that one on hold. I’ve decided to walk every other day, resting in between and on weekends.
Walking boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.
My aim is to keep a record of what I have achieve. On the first Sunday of every month I will have an update post of where I am in my walking mission. I have a watch that records all my workouts, routes, heart rate, calories burnt and pace so I will share snippets of those too!