Walking the Talk as we Talk the walk
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I have written this blog twice and my computer has crashed both times. I hope this 3rd time is a charm!
I am so excited to share a major step forward. Over a year ago I had to give up walking "the loop" above my house, Dr's orders. My back was in continual spasms, right hip pain ruled and sciatica was predominant. "No more walking on hills, just flat areas." I deferred to her orders but was so bored with the school track, the only viable option in our rural foothill location. Thankfully the hip pain and spasms subsided, leaving the sciatica a permanent resident.
When my walking partner was able to resume walking a month ago we were able to start using the bike/walking trail in town and a rural path up near the lake. It had more incline but I had been practicing at home, taking my dog up my steep drive, and on up to the top of the road, 1-3 times a day. I gradually added more distance and incline over the past few months.
"The loop" is a collection of very steep inclines, 1.6 miles long. Add to that the .2 miles from my house to the top of my road, Down the Hill Way, and you get a nice 2 mile workout, 3.6 miles of you do it twice. This had been our workout M-F, for years, and we missed it. It is quite rural and the scenery changes as nature cycles through the seasons
On Sunday, after driving 5 hours, I needed to get out and walk so my dog and I tackled "the loop" for the first time since the Dr gave her orders. It felt wonderful! So today I surprised my friend and asked if she wanted to do the loop. We had a great time chatting about books we were reading, a movie we are going to see Thurs, life in general and specific. I kept tabs on my posture and gait, all was well. I even suggested a 2nd loop and we were off smiling ear to ear.
This is a day for the books for me. My hard work and determination have paid off. I will take each day as the gift that it is. Backs are unpredictable and my friend has just retired so will be traveling a lot this year. I am determined to continue to do the best I can and exercise as often as possible, preferably walking, with or without her company. It does make the miles pass much quicker in the company of a dear friend, however! I have much to be thankful for today.