The river walk never fails to take my breath away, any time of day.
So I found an app today that will track my walking route and tell me how far I’ve gone, and how fast. It’s a bit like Fitbit, but more specific. Fitbit counts all my steps all day long (when I am carrying my iPhone). With this app I can set it to start when I actually begin the WALK. Turns out it’s about 5 kms and takes about an hour. I don’t always follow the exact same route, and I do this at all different times of day (which is the great thing about it – so flexible) but I do enjoy the river walk.
And even though I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg, I’ve actually lost about 4 kilos, which is definitely a step (or 10,000 a day) in the right direction. 🙂
I’m usually pretty good at walking every day, though during the summer heat it’s more difficult to reach that 10,000 step goal (and even then it’s mostly strolling, not WALKING). After I moved I stopped going to the gym because there isn’t one close to me here, and I’ve really been missing some sort of daily exercise. And so this morning I decided that this was the day to start serious walking again. By that I mean doing a proper fast(ish) paced uninterrupted walk for an hour each day.
To be honest, I’ve been planning to start doing this for ages, and thought that having most of August off would be a good time. But in fact I used August to learn how to sleep again, giving myself “permission” to get an extra hour or so in after feeding the cats first thing in the morning (anytime between 6-7 am). Which also means I’ve got better at falling asleep again after being woken up, so more sleep for me!
I’ve worked out a nice morning walking route along the river that is similar to what I used to do on my bike, but it finishes in the city centre so if I need to do any shopping or errands I can get that done after the walk. Perfect! Not quite the Camino de Santiago, but it’s a start. 🙂
Been trying to get back into the morning walks, which kind of went by the wayside during the whole moving thang. It’s mostly a question of timing and – at least in summer – getting out early enough, before it gets too hot. Also, nice to time things so that we can stop for a cold beer at the end. 😉
Before moving I had two nice 1.5 hour walking routes that worked well, but from the new Casa Azahar these have had to be altered. And so, as I am “on holiday” this week, it seemed a good time to work this out, and I now have two routes again – a river one and a park one – that I really like. Next week’s holiday walks will take place in Málaga. Have already got that route planned too.