|How I feel, most of the time|
|You bet I'm going to find a reason to post this every chance I get. 50,000 steps!|
Still, I would never call myself fit. We've been doing this for four years or so, and as the program went on my buddy and I realized taking two walks a day really helped cut through stress and sleep deprivation. When you walk with a friend almost every day for four years you begin to share a brain. It becomes really easy to talk things out, formulate plans, and solve all the world's problems. That's what walking was for me. I never noticed that my lungs were getting stronger, my endurance was growing, and I was getting fit.
This post is partly a love note for corporate wellness, and a company that supports my crazy schedule -- get up at 4:30, work an hour in the morning and skip lunch so that at random intervals I can disappear to wander all over the neighborhood with my friend. It's also a post about how little things can add up and surprise you. Even though I was a runner in high school, that was a long time ago, and I never even really liked the act of running itself. I liked being in the woods, and hanging out with my cross country friends. But you know what? Over the past month, just from walking, I learned that not only am I capable of walking 20 miles without stopping, I can also run a mile without feeling like I want to die. I'm more fit at 36 than I ever was at 26.
(In case you hate me right now I'll let you know that my weight has remained stable through this all except for when I had a baby. I may be able to run a mile, but I will never be one of those people who tells you if you want to lose weight just start taking the stairs! Also, this all happened by accident. Because I liked being better at something than the young kids in the cubicles and the old guys in the corner offices.)
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