Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day! After quite a long spell of very hot and humid days, and more to come in the near future, yesterday was a welcome relief. We went to bed Tuesday night when it was still 86 in the park and woke up to see it was 64, and there was even a little chill in the air as we went to the gym. Awesome!
Fast forward to 6pm and I just couldn't stay indoors. While I was really dying to enjoy a nice run through the park, I'm not ready for that yet so I settled for a power walk. When I run in the park, I tend to stick to the main road and do loops. Last night I took a different route and enjoyed the paths along the east side and around the Great Lawn where tons of people were the softball leagues were out in full force. The park was packed: commuters, runners, bikers, tourists, picnickers, people enduring strenuous fitness classes, birthday parties, kids enjoying the playgrounds, and even a Bagpiper, kilt and all. I loved it.
I'm not sure how far exactly I walked, but I think door to door is was about 3 miles. I walk a lot in this city, but usually with a specific destination in mind. It was great to just get out and walk in the park. My mind wandered like it always does when I run, but never has the opportunity to when I'm on the stationary bike. While I'd rather be running, walking is also a great fitness activity. The most recent issue of Fitness Magazine features a woman, and power walker, who finished 77 marathons and ultras last year alone! This year her goal is 101. Now, that can bring up the whole NY Times debate, but I don't want to go there. I'm just saying, walking is a great way to get and stay healthy - for mind and body!
Do you spend all your time running or do you ever take time out to go for a walk?
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my special 4th of July edition of 5 for Friday!
workout stats -
3x12 cable pull twists
3x15 single leg cable pull reverse crunch
3x10 weighted side bends
1x40 seconds plank