I have been a runner for much of my life. No long distance running (although I have completed 2 half-marathons). Just running for good health and meditation. About 4 years ago I was training yet again for another half-marathon and developed a knee injury which left me out of commission for months before it was properly diagnosed. Since then, I have opted for the very occasional run but like to stick to walking as my daily regimen.
I don’t have time to walk each and every day but I try my best to take the time. It’s good
meditative time. Perhaps time to work out a problem I’m wrestling with. Or time to just soak up the daily beauty of my route. No matter what the reason, I am now logging in my miles with an online tracker just for fun to see how far I actually walk a week, month, or year. It’s a way to push myself, if I want, and a way to be more mindful about how much walking I am getting done.
I am fortunate to live in a quiet area that has a 3-mile route that is beautiful. Throughout the year (and remember, our winters are long), I make it a goal to get out the door (no special equipment or clothing necessary) and walk each day. My body and mind thanks me every single time!