When I lived in London for a study abroad, I walked or took the Tube everywhere. LOTS of walking. And I didn't even think anything of it. It's what I had to do, I was in love with the city, and so I walked.
I didn't seem to mind walking when I was headed somewhere, but I didn't make time to walk just to walk.
And then we got Malcolm. Without a backyard to run around in, he needed to get out for lots of exercise if he wasn't going to be a terror in the apartment. So, we started walking. And walking more. And still more walks.
Now, I love walking. Malcolm has helped me build up my stamina for longer and longer walks, and it's not unusual for us to walk at least 4 miles (with a stop at the dog park halfway). When we have time, and usually when Blake can join us, we'll go longer. Last Sunday, we parked two miles away from Mount Vernon, walked there, walked around, and walked back. 6.44 miles total and we all felt great after. Most weeks, we walk to the grocery store (about 1.5 miles away), Malcolm and Blake wait outside, I shop, we load up our backpacks and walk home. We like to go on Saturday mornings and pick up breakfast from the grocery store bakery. Today, I walked to my polling place.
With an interesting podcast (more on my favorites another day), good walking shoes, and the company of Malcolm, I'm good to go. Obviously, I'll trade the podcast for Blake whenever possible.
I love observing nature - we have some awesome trails in our neighborhood that almost seem like you're not even in the city. I love having time to think. I love the endorphins. I loves traveling under my own power.
In August, I walked over 100 miles. I've decided that in 2015, I plan to walk at least 1000 miles. Malcolm and Blake will be great helps in meeting my goal!
Hooray for walking!