One mile isn’t really that far. I’ve walked many miles in my life in places like Seattle, DC, Paris and Prague. So what’s the big deal about walking a mile? I tried to walk a mile today in my neighborhood. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
I tried walking yesterday at the “Goose Park“, as I shall call it from now on, with great success. Up and down little hills, I walked the lanes back and forth zig-zagging along the paths. I was breaking out into a sweat after 15 minutes, after 30 I couldn’t take a step further. I was a little sore today but my psychiatrist strongly urged me to keep walking since I need to build up my stamina before I go back to work. So I took a walk today too. If you’ve been reading along these past few weeks, you know that depression has been kicking my ass – hard. I haven’t been doing anything, much less walking, and just getting up the energy to go for a walk with my husband when he takes the dog has been an enormous effort. I always want to stop and rest, if I can’t find an excuse not to go in the first place. After two days of intentionally walking – I’m exhausted. It’s not the neuropathy this time; I’m just that out of shape. No wonder I am putting on so much weight! 😦
My neighborhood is somewhat hilly so that 1 mile really counts for something. But when I got home and asked my husband how far that trip is and he said a mile, I about fell over. It felt like two! In fact, I was sure it must have been two – how could one mile be so damn difficult? The human body is a strange thing – it takes so much work to make it good and so little to make it fail. Even with as poorly as my arm was before the surgery, just 10 days in a splint and I lost all range of motion. It took 4 weeks to get just the range of motion back. I’m still working on strength.
It wasn’t so long ago that I could walk a mile and a half in 30min without heavy breathing. Between not working, not exercising, and depression, all I can walk is a mile. Oh well, one mile is better than no miles. It’s a start.
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