Have you considered starting a walking program?

Friday, July 31, 2015

A few years ago my new doctor asked me this. Must be on her list of standard questions for people my age. I laughed - and suggested politely that she might want to ask what I was doing for exercise before offering this suggestion. I was in the middle of marathon training! I was also a little peeved - had she not looked at me at all? My legs were ripped and defined!

I'm still running - not in marathon shape after a long bout with plantar fasciitis, but in good shape. And I'm kicking around the idea of going to England/Scotland and walking Hadrian's Wall from end to end (84 miles) with my daughter. I don't know if the trip will pan out, but I'm having fun investigating the possibility.

Last night I walked my son's dog for 4 miles. This morning I am sore. I run 15-20 miles a week - and I walk when we are at the cabin at the lake. So I was surprised.

It's partly that the dog pulls... so it's not a nice even walk - it's full of stops and starts and twists and turns.

But if I plan to walk 10-15 miles a day for a week... I should consider starting a walking program!
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    I know! Do doctors even know who we are? Male nurse said "uh oh" during my last physical as he checked my vitals. Then he looked at my chart and said "oh, you're an endurance athlete, you're ok" My HR was 50 bpm at age 68 and he thought there was a problem, until he checked. Good job on your long distance running, and congrats on the marathon! Awesome achievement. You look terrific and healthy in your pics, keep it up!!
    2096 days ago
    That walking holiday with your daughter sounds wonderful! Even if it doesn't eventuate, the planning will have given you both lots of happy hours, and that in itself is a good thing. I'm so sorry I took till I was 60 before I discovered just how wonderful it was to walk purely for the sake of walking. A day without at least one walk is never as satisfying as one with a lovely long walk or two, so I've discovered.

    So far as walking dogs is concerned, you have my sympathy and understanding. I take each of my three dogs walking separately, and allow them to take me wherever they want to go. They're happy that way, and I'm never bored, wondering where they are going to turn a corner, or occasionally, wondering if we are ever going to make it back home! My two smaller dogs try to rush ahead from one smell to the next, and then suddenly they've stopped and my arm is jerked backwards. This can happen at least a dozen times, usually way more, each time I walk one of them.

    My bigger, and overweight dog, walks at an even pace, and if he intends to stop for a sniff at something, he will always turn his head round to look at me. So much easier when I know to prepare to stop!
    2103 days ago
    10-15 miles a day????? WOW, You must have a lot of time on your hands…..;o)
    2112 days ago
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