Yesterday I managed to escape from work at 3:30, since I was really slow and no clients had been calling me for hours. I got the ok to leave early, and left for like the first time in forever, while the sun was still in the sky. Unusually for Seattle, it’s been sunny the last few days, and only during the work week (unfortunately!). So it was with great pleasure that I left early. Now, normally, I would either run home to play with my kitties or just sit on the couch and use my computer, or possibly go to Barnes & Noble, grab a book and curl up for a few hours and a mocha.
But this time, I decided that if it was so gorgeous, I should do something outside, and decided to go for a walk. I went up to Seward Park, this really cool little peninsula that sticks out into lake Washington and has a paved loop along the water that is 2.4 miles long. I changed into my sneakers (conveniently stashed in my truck), and around I went. What a great decision, it was nice to just walk, be outside, under old growth trees, listen to the birds, maybe see a bald eagle, and just enjoy. I wish I had more time to just get out and walk. I do love me my walks, but it can be an effort to go to a park and do so.
It was nice to add in some normal non-gym exercise. I need to do that more. Even if it’s cloudy/misty/rainy on the weekends, I just need to get out and do something! My hiking partner has other plans this weekend, so I’ll have to come up with something. If I don’t just go out myself (not recommended in snow areas in the mountains!), or join up with the mountaineers for a group hike/snowshoe, I’ll need to just go find a park and walk. Maybe I should go to Seward Park and start with doing some stair climbs – it’s a hilly area and the neighborhood (I know since I used to live there!) is chock full of hidden stairs up, down, and around all the area. Start with that, then go for a leisurely but brisk walk along the lake, which is something I dearly miss about that neighborhood (when I used to walk my dog there).
I do miss going to read a book as much as I used to, but the new me is enjoying being more active and trying to exercise with more opportunity. As I have mentioned, my focus has shifted, from comfort to exercise, and for the better.