An accidental walk

Well, sometimes I really wish I had a camera. I took off from my usual walking route and went onto Ft. Carson for a walk around Iron horse park. When I go there, I usually stick to the circuit that goes on a one mile oval around the park. It's not very exciting but it gets the job done, and it's a change of pace from the 'down to the stop sign and back' I've been doing. So, I am walking and notice a side path. I had noticed it before but it always had a 'road to nowhere' look that promised plenty of pain, so I never took it.
Today I took it. It went up over a huge hill, upon which sat a radio tower. It wound down through officer housing, out to the road and then it continued with a red gravel path that went BACK UP the huge hill, down the hill and up another huge hill. I got to the top of that hill (oh and it was raining, so the trail was turning to muck) and I could see for twenty miles easy. I felt victorious. I didn't have to stop once. I would say, grand total, it was a three and a half mile walk. It pushed me in ways I haven't been pushed thus far. As I was at the top of the hill I could look down and see the two playgrounds I take my kids to during the summer. They aren't more than a quarter mile apart. But just last year, before I started walking and eating better, I remember putting up a fight when my then seven year old wanted to walk from one park to another. I thought it was TOO FAR. Today I walked around both of them and several housing projects in the rain on dirt and gravel. And later I took my daughter down to the basketball court so she could skate. This is leaps and bounds ahead of where I used to be. I have only been doing this for two and three quarters of a month. Imagine how I will feel, and what I will be able to do a year from now. Today was a very good day. I hope yours was too.


Hanlie said...

It's amazing how quickly we progress! I started walking in January and could only manage 35 minutes, by which time my back and hips were killing me. Five weeks later I was walking for 90 minutes with no pain...

Fat[free]Me said...

Wow, that is fantastic progress and getting to the top is a great reward in itself. You have done very well in those couple of months.

Love the story of Leo, bless him (too clever for his own good)!

Brightcetera said...

WoW! That just brought tears of joy to my eyes for you!

Keep taking that road less travelled ...
The higher we go the further we can see ... so much of life seems to be that way.
Yes, just IMAGINE a year from now ... 20 miles perhaps?

Losing it in Vegas said...

Sounds like an amazing walk! I remember the first time I walked to the grocery store...3/4 of a mile. Even though I would walk 3 miles on the treadmill, that seemed to daunting. It was a great accomplishment.

Thanks for the comment during my time of recuperation. I am back now :)