After teaching spin last night I was hungry. I wanted to wait to eat dinner with Billy after he got home at 9 p.m. but decided I should have a little appetizer. While debating on what to have I went through the checklist….
Fruit and Veggies- check
Healthy fats- check
Ice cream- what the heck…….NOOOOO.
I did what any normal girl experiencing uterus pain would do.
Walk by yourself to get an ice cream cone and take a self-portrait.
I have to admit it was rather difficult finding something to prop my camera up on that was the right height so I just decided to make it look like I was popping a squat and eating ice cream at the same time.
Even though it looks as though I am just wearing bright white leggings, rest assured those are actually my legs and I do have shorts on but the whole squatting with two broken femurs doesn’t really allow me brain space to focus on the details of pulling my shorts down a little.
What I am loving about going for WALKS:
-I am grateful I don’t walk with a limp anymore:)
-No music. I always listened to music when I ran and it is really nice to just take time to think without LInkin Park blasting in my ears.
-Fresh air always makes life that much better.
-I don’t get as many bugs flying into my mouth (long story but yes, that is a problem for me when I run)
-I can look around at everything without worrying about falling flat on my face (not that I haven’t tripped on sidewalk cracks a million times or anything).
-I don’t have to worry about pace, hiding water bottles along my course (7 blocks to the ice cream store), and I don’t even have to change into a sports bra if I don’t want to.
-People wave. Uh…..I JUST LOVE THAT. Just like runners have that special bond as you run past each other…so do walkers. Endorphins just make people more friendly than normal:)
Here is the spin playlist. I brought back some oldies that will always be classics in my book.
Sorry to cut things short but Billy-bobster just walked in the door and we gotta make dinner, brush our teeth and say our prayers all within 23 minutes before my bedtime.
Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY…winner will be picked on Friday!!!!
Do you live in an area that it is easy to walk to the places you need to go?
-I wish I could walk to work every day but no luck……but we do live in an area that we can walk to the store and the necessities like ice cream and 7-11’s candy aisle. Freshmen year of college was so fun because I didn’t have a car and would just walk everywhere…LOVED IT.
What are your favorite things about going for walks?
-I think if I had a puppy (hint hint) that would be the bestest part!
What food group have you added to your daily food checklist?
-Help me learn from you because I don’t think ice cream cones are the best options:)
Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman
No walk-to ice cream shops here. We had a local ice cream shop back home though that you could walk to. With lots of high school kids, it made quite it's worth in profit over the summers!
I walk a fair amount. The army post here is about a 15 minute walk from our apartment, and I meet my husband there about once a week to go to the gym. There are several stores and restaurants within walking distance as well, but since my hubby hurt his knee we don't walk as much as we did when we first got here.
I used to live in a super walkable area, but where I'm at now is not so pedestrian friendly. The sidewalks kind of stop and start without reason. Why in the world would you put in 200 feet of sidewalk then call it quits?
Love the Good Charlotte throwback on your spin playlist! Walking is one of my favorite things to do because it's just so relaxing, and I always walk around campus instead of taking the bus. When I'm home, my dog comes everywhere with me (on walks, running, playing outside), and I really miss her when I'm at school.
I wish I lived in a place where I could walk more. Virginia Beach is really spread out and I have to drive almost everywhere. There are also still a lot of older roads that have no sidewalks around here. I miss living in miami where I walked everywhere. It was awesome. I could even bring my dog with me to most places!
We live five minutes from the beach, two minutes from the river, so the cool thing is that as long as weather permits, there is ALWAYS somewhere to walk. Utah is prettier though, so I'm a little jealous :)
Ice cream is a food group!! I walk my puppers every single day…I love it!! They MAKE you take them out whether you want to or not…you def. need a doggie! If you don't want to potty train (a pain!!), have to spend a couple hundred dollars on puppy shots, then money to get your pupper fixed, I'd recommend getting a pup that is over a yr old. I got my lab when she was a tiny baby and my boxer when he was three…he is so much easier but my lab and I have a special bond. Also, puppies can't be left alone all day at first. Sorry for the novel! haha. take care darling
Wow! I live in VA Beach too! But I live down by the beach and I can walk everywhere- it's amazing.
I guess the best part and worst part of living in NY is that you walk everywhere. It is not fun when it is too cold and not fun when it is too hot but most days I would say are great. I really do love walking everywhere.
Oh and my grains and carbs! Love them and have to get them in everyday!
Chicago Cuisine Critique
One of my favorite things about living in a big city is that I can walk everywhere. I do walk to work every morning, and now that the weather is warmer, it is MUCH more pleasant. Sometimes I too like walking with no music, and other times I get super bored. It's only 15 minutes, but still.. Happy almost Friday!
Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
I just took a picture exactly like yours, me smiling with an ice cream cone from McDonald's, only not propped on anything!
Ice cream cones are the best :)
Springtime is awesome for ice cream AND walks. I love just listening to nature when I'm walking, since like you, I'm always plugged into my iPod while running.
Can I just say that I am prayyyyying to the New Balance Gods to win your giveaway. I suppose if I don't win, I'll just have to buy myself an "end of the school year, oh thank the sweet lord that I didn't quit/get fired/die from elementary kid germs" gift… :)
My neighborhood does have a cute coffee shop and some random restaurants/businesses…but no ice cream shop. It's not the ideal location for walkers, but its okay.
My daily food checklist has recently added dried fruit…apricots, to be specific! SO YUMMY!
I love how much you notice when you're walking. I mean you see way more when you're running than when you're driving, but walking really takes it to the next level!
The Hungered One
Bike > walk for me, but I will agree that it is nice to be able to walk and not have bugs fly into your mouth :x
peanut butter is pretty much its own food group :D
I live 12 miles from a tiny town (it has a grocery store, post office, gas station, and probably 3 bars), so when I walk, it's just to walk. :) It's nice and peaceful, though, and there are lots of animals – both wild and domestic. I can't wait to walk again- 1-1/2 more weeks on crutches if all goes well. :)
I live just outside Boston and I can walk everywhere. It's awesome and I love it. :-)
And I love running to Linkin Park too. I love their collaboration with Jay Z.
i could walk to walmart…but the way I shop…I would look like a serious bag lady walking back…and it may take me 3 hrs to make the 100 yard walk. haha.
I LOVE walking with my pup…you really have to get a dog. It is the most relaxing thing ever :)
new daily food group: chocolate. I am not sure there has ever been a day in my life that I have not had at least one thing chocolate. But I try to incorporate it into every meal. And I make sure it is dark chocolate because it tastes better and you know…it is better for you…right? LOVE YOU!
Wealth is Health
Thankfully I live in an area right now where I can walk/bike everywhere. I bike to work, walk to the grocery store for emergency items, walk downtown, walk to the river… you get the point. I love my location, too bad I have to move in two months :(
I LOVE walking too! As a college student in a great city I can get almost anything I need by walking. And when I can't walk I love to bike. ITs so much more enjoyable than driving in my opinion. I love the calmness, and also how i can actually hear myself think because just like you I BLAST music when I run! Also I love walking with people. You don't have to worry about matching pace or being too out of breath to speak to each other. I think the best talks happen on walks.
food hmmmm, it hasn't been just lately, but EGGS! honestly every day in some form, no fail!
I have had dreams about bloggers or blogging and sometimes even tweeting. That's what I get for tweeting before bed. I pretty much read runner's blog because that is what I blog about but I also read alot of local blogs from my area (Cleveland)
Amanda @ Running with Spoons
I love, love, love walking and wish I lived in a place that was more walking friendly. But not only do I have to worry about getting run over by bad drivers, but there are no really cute shops or anything within walking distance. Boo. It always makes me wish I lived in a smaller town where everyone knows everyone and stuff, but at the same time I think I might get bored…
Walking has been my favorite (and only) activity in the last 4 months….not sure I commented on this earlier…just started following you about a month or so ago. I had a sledding accident right after Christmas which resulted in a broken C2 vertabrae and a temporary end to my almost daily running ritual. It has been a HARD four (almost 5) months!! So I totally know your pain!!! I couldn't even do yoga or pretty much any other strength training either. It's amazing how your neck really is important to every function, go figure! But in any case, enjoy what you can now, give your body a chance to heal, and you'll be back to your old self soon enough…I just got the "all healed" verdict yesterday and am so full of joy!! I went on a nice walk without the neck collar yesterday and it was great! Maybe in another month I'll be back to pounding the pavement..and maybe this'll get my hubby to start running, since I'll probably be much slower than I was before. :) It's a nice goal to have at least…but keep up the healing process and attitude and you'll be better soon!!
I love taking walks with my little ladies, we stop at the little pond and streams on the road and throw rocks in them. Except for the sparkly rocks, we have to keep those. :) Unfortunately I don't have a single store within walking distance. 7 mile round trip to the closest one, and I can't even get the girls to sit still for 4 running without complaining, so 7 is out of the question.
Foods on my checklist–eggs, oatmeal, peanut butter, greek yogurt, bananas. I could live on those foods alone. :)
You're right about the pup! She's too small to go running with me, she can't really keep up. But when I go walking I get to take her with me. She has so much fun! Definitely my favorite part :) I also listen to podcasts when I'm walking instead of music, and it's nice to have a change.
LOVE "Club can't handle me"! Favorite workout song :)
Ha! I always get bugs in my eyes!!! yuck!!
Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN.
Honestly the best part of having a SFX in my foot was all of the walks I got to take (once the healing process was under way). Southern California offers so many scenic routes and although they are gorgeous while running, sometimes walking lets you take it all in a little better, instead of starring at your garmin 12 times a minute! You need to hurry out here for a visit!
We walk pretty much everywhere here…..to the gym, the grocery store, the bread store, the mall, etc!!!!!!!
Now that I have a puppy, I to have found a love for walking. We have some nice trails around our apartments and I try to get out and take Cooper on a 45 minute walk three times a week (if the weather holds out). I have noticed that people wave, at first I found it strange…but now I am used to it and love it :) I love walking for some of the same reasons you do, no reason to have to feel the need to push myself, carry extra snacks, etc. Just fun and simple!
Icecream should definitely be counted as a food group! I have been obsessed with dried fruits lately! I know fruit is already a food group but dried fruits is like 99% sugar..haha!
I wish I lived in a place where I could walk more! Everything is pretty far apart here! So glad your legs are getting better! I've been praying!
Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries
I live in New York City, the walking city! One of my favorite aspects of the city is the fact that I can walk anywhere and along the way discover really great restaurants, stores, coffee shops, and great people watching. One of my favorite past times is wandering through the city. It's free (unless I get tempted to stop for a treat on the way), it's exercise, and it clears my head.
I used to run a lot and I really miss it (just like you do) but my recent cancer diagnosis has prevented me from the energy to go for a full-on run. I'm done with treatment in June and I am going for a celebratory run! So in a way, I can relate to you about the whole not being able to run issue because of health/physical issues. One day we will be back out there running our little butts off! :)
Christina @ The Athletarian
My place has a few little places that I can walk to where I can get necessities like toilet paper and ice cream, but that's about it. Dean's place though has just about everything. We can walk to dinner, a movie, heck, even a club if we wanted to. But we don't.
Walking is really relaxing for me. When I walk alone, it gives me the opportunity to think about things that I usually don't have time to think about. When I go for walks with Dean/friends/family, we get to talk about things. Just anything! It's so hard with this world full of social media to actually go out and talk to people so I think walks are perfect for that :)
I'm trying to add more protein to my list It's so hard for me and I can only eat so much peanut butter!
I walk EVERYWHERE! In downtown Portland I walk to the grocery store, to happy hour, to the gym (ok, most of the time I run to the gym but I won't rub that in your face) to get frozen yogurt, ect.
I am working on a post of all my favorite frozen yogurt places in Portland. I will let you know when it is up because I would love for you to check it out and then maybe visit Portland to visit all of them. or just be jealous of me:)
I absolutely LOVE walking and still think we need to start that walking club. Seriously how awesome would that be. I take my dog for a walk/jog almost every day and I absolutely love it. Unfortunetely no icecream shops in farm land but that would be awesome if there were.
I have been working on the protein thing for awhile and am still loving hard boiled eggs. Have a great day beautiful girl! Love ya.
Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner
I love taking walks! In Hong Kong we walked everywhere–never had a car (for 3 years I lived on an island where cars weren't even allowed!) and I loved it. Now I can walk but I get really weird looks–no one is ever walking in this area!!
Greek yogurt is a staple in my diet!
ooo thanks for your sweet comment!!! I have to go to all the good yogurt places and take pictures before I finish the post…two down, several more to go! haha!
Neon Blonde Runner
Yes, something that's very important to me is having stuff within walking distance…there are some places in the suburbs in Richmond where you have to drive to everything and I'm not sure if I'll ever be at the point where I want to be somewhere like that.
Love walking places!
And if you can walk places, chances are there are some good running routes as well.
Emily @ eat.drink.run.
i love walking! i think its such a good stress relief (so is running) but its much more relaxed and you can take the time to enjoy yourself and appreciate your surroundings. we live about 1 mile from "downtown" so in the summer we always walk to go out to eat, go to the farmer's market (which is my fave thing to do) and get ice cream.
lately i've been obsessed with the frozen mango chunks from trader joe's. they're so freaking good and i've been going through like 1/2 bag a day (so i'm chock full of vitamins A and C!)
I live right near State St. in Madison–theres restaurants, boutiques, and even a frozen yogurt place! Not nearly as good looking as Yogurtland and/or 16 Candles though. I really enjoy walking there especially in the summer when all the people are out :)
I live and work downtown, so I walk to work everyday. I also walk to meet up with friends at restaurants downtown or events going on. It's pretty sweet, but it's also very hustle bustle, so I am looking forward to living in more of a neighbourhood when I buy a house.
I've been eating lots of carbs and probable not enough protein and veggies lately, just because I am so busy (moving cross country at the end of this month!)
Walks are so therapeutic for me. Even more so on a nice day. I live really close to a store too, so I always go for a walk to it if I am jonesin for some sweets. The walk makes me feel like I deserve the 3lbs of chocolate that I just bought.
Oatmeal for dayysssss for me.
GET A PUPPY!!!!!!
Oh, but I did just remember that they are building a Target RIGHT DOWN THE STREET, definitely witnin walking distance. That will be a good day when that opens :)
love the playlist ideas! training for my FIRST half marathon, love your tips :)
I actually loooove walking and don't do it enough. It's just so relaxing to me!
I enjoy going on walks!! I can't really walk to places where I live now… well, I guess I could but I don't know that I'd feel comfy doing so.
I think I missed something- I didn't know that you broke bones- poor you.
I can walk to some places – shops just over a mile away, but nicer parks and things are either a run (few miles) or a drive away. I love people waving and saying hi, so friendly.
One of the perks of having a dog (hint hint Billy), is that he needs/loves to be walked. He's also great for socializing. He's super cool looking and loves people. Most of my neighbors probably don't know my name, but they all know my dog's.
LIFESTYYYYYYYYLES OF THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS!!! Ahhh that was my JAM in high school. It got blared from every pre-game lockerroom party during bball season. Throwbacks are my fav :)
Tell Bills you can puppy-sit for us when you're in CA as practice :)
I love walking! It's such a great way to relieve stress. It's also great just for thinking and contemplating. I think that's what a lot of people need more time to do nowadays. Just think and contemplate the beauty of their lives.
I wanted to comment on your about me, but couldn't :( I'm a High School physiology teacher (teachers unite!) but will be leaving the classroom for graduate school in physical therapy in the fall and my personal training license. Still, I love reading blogs of fellow teachers!!
In Canada its really hard to walk where you want to go unless you live downtown in a major city. I much more prefer running (sorr, insensitive comment) after I finish my run im practically imobile on the couch reading/ watching bad movies
Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
I like yo froyo appetizer styyyle!
and I checked, your comment was indeed in spam. and I fiiiiixed it!
I love the bond of fellow runners as they pass. but nothing makes me angrier than a runner who refuses to make eye contact with me. LOOK AT ME, GOSHDARNIT, AND WAVE.
I walk to work and to the grocery store among other places. I somehow end up with bugs flying in my eyes and nose when I run.
Since joining a CSA I've been eating greens like no other. I almost want to go get a Vitamin deficiency test done to see how much vitamin A is coursing through my vains.
[email protected](running)In the Right Direction
Do you live in an area that it is easy to walk to the places you need to go?
-Yes, I could walk pretty much anywhere really. Work, supermarket, library, park is across the stree…actually could only bike to the beach but I guess that is a plus!
What are your favorite things about going for walks?
Being able to go with the family and dog…but to be honest the dog really makes it a bit stop and go…which is annoying.
What food group have you added to your daily food checklist?
I've been adding things to my smoothie because I can't fathom eating them alone…aloe vera juice, spinach, omega 3 oil….not to shabby right?
I live in Philadelphia so I'm able to walk just about anywhere. I always take my whistle (yes, strange, but a whistle will hopefully get attention before screaming 'help!' if I'm ever attacked. I also take my pit-bull along sometimes. pittbull > pepper spray). Anyway…I love to people watch so walking allows me to be as nosey as I want without sitting by my windows with binoculars!
I ALWAYS have a handful of mixed nuts each day(mostly pistacios or almonds). My mostly-fruits and veggies diet allows for some indulgence in healthy fats and protein that nuts offer!!
Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
I need to add CHOCOLATE to my daily check list!!! Hahaha girl it is fine I am like ten times paler than you, except I have a shorts tan line from being outside for one day which is gross, I hate shorts tan lines
Jess @ Blonde Ponytail
Walking can be so pleasant and centering–glad you are looking at your time that way! I rarely walk without Cooper, but I love letting him take in the smells and explore. My favorite time is when Spencer can join us on a walk, it's rare, but I savor those moments!
Elena @ Gaga For Grapefruit
there's a starbucks on my corner, but for the sake of my wallet, i do not frequent it as much as i'd like :)
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
I'd walk to get ice cream or fro yo as well ;)
I live about 6miles from the nearest ice cream store but I would totally do it if i was meeting someone there that had a car. I do not do very well running on ice cream!
I love the song all of the lights by Kanye! So good! I have been trying to focus on more protein lately! :)
Walking my dog and going on hikes with him is my favorite. I call it our bonding time :) I wish I had an ice cream shop to walk to! actually…that might be a bad thing hehe. Not much is in walking distance but I walk with my dog as often as possible!!
Erin @ UntilYouTri
Ugh, I get bugs in my mouth/eyes all the time when I run! When I did my marathon training with my best friend I would ALWAYS get them and she never would…what's with that???:)
i just came across your blog and i love it! just wanted to stop by and say hi!! :-)ive been doing lots o walking lately since im injured. booo!! love the picture!
Your blog makes me giggle every time! Thank you! You do need a puppy, or two. Our lab always looks up at me halfway through our walks or runs and tries to lick my hand. I think it his way of encouraging me. And maybe he just wants to say thanks Mom, this is fun!
i would argue that healthy fats = ice cream so you're good in my book.
i love walking because i get to see so much more of my surroundings than when i run!
When my knee first became injured walking became my therapy. I would go on nice nature trails and actually enjoy the scenery (vs running where I would just be trying to reach my end of the line mark). Also, with walking I could go farther distances so I had more options to choose from than if I ran somewhere. My favorite place to walk is whole foods. I walk there and treat myself to one of their delicious meals and then walk back home. The only thing I don't like about walking is the embarassment of my knee brace.. But I also like the fact that when I walk I don't sweat nearly as much as I do when I run so I can look presentable wherever I decide to go(: I wish I lived in a place with more nature walks/trails.
My newest addition to my daily food checklest is fresh fruit. Ever since I tried to add fruit to my diet, I became obsessed with the taste. Now I find myself craving it practically every day! My favorite thing to make is a 'fruit bowl' consisting of pineapple, green grapes, and strawberries. If I am feeling adventurous on a certain day I will add another fruit such as clemetines, blueberries, green apples ect.. This is one of my top favorite snacks!