Playing Many Parts

Day Two – Ice Skating??

Well, I didn’t “technically” go ice skating yesterday as my movement of choice, but I did skate across the ice for what ended up being an interval workout.  Let me explain. Yesterday in my neck of the woods we had an icy snowy mix of weather. It went from super cold, to only moderately cold, and back to freezing again. So, my entire neighborhood was covered in ice by the time I got home from work yesterday. I needed to exercise (move) still and both dogs were looking at me just daring me to not take them out again.

I was concerned about the ice, but since my daughter bought me these amazing beauties bootsamazonpicfor Christmas, and they have GREAT traction. . .I figured I might as well walk the dogs for my movement.  So I went out with the intention of walking the dogs, but what actually happened is that I did some odd combination of skating and jogging and walking for 1.5 miles and accidentally got a pretty decent HIIT workout.  The skating and sliding and jogging was for a few 1 minute intervals and the walking slowly through the grass in some spots was also done in several 1 minute intervals.  Overall. . .I felt like I had done a pretty serious workout.  The dogs got a walk, my boots got broke in, and I got in a challenging workout!  Wins all the way around!


12 Mile Walk – I Love Sundays

I couldn’t decide yesterday if I could really forgo my 60 minute run and instead walk with my daughter, but I am so glad I did.  I had my mind stuck on how many calories I would burn during my long run, until I looked up how many I could burn just walking with my kid.  I had no idea how amazing it would feel to not only walk for so long, but to spend so much time getting in touch with someone else and nature.

One amazing snapshot from our walk.

One amazing snapshot from our walk.

Our walk was along a long winding road in the middle of West Michigan.  With the leaves beginning to change color and the wind blowing just a tiny bit it was an amazing 3 hours.  My daughter and I started our walk just catching up on life and discussing upcoming events.  As we got further along the road though, we fell into a very comfortable silence and both just settled in to experience life.  It has been a long time since I have felt such a sense of peace and at the end accomplishment.  I walked 12 miles in three hours yesterday and it was one of the best 3 hours in a long time.

Want to clear your head and feel peace?  Take a walk, the longer the better!