Thursday, October 6, 2011

Walking Through It


Betty's got to have her walk every day, preferably two every day.

Walking has been always been important to me. Lately, however, it's been an essential part of my routine. If I don't have my daily walk, well, let's just say it's a mental health issue--for everyone who comes into contact with me.

Yesterday I woke up, ready to get out and move and groove and found that it was raining like crazy. Now, I do belong to a gym and could have driven to it, but there I was, like an eager dog at the door. My leash had been rattled. I was all set for my regular neighborhood walk. So, I grabbed my raincoat, my hat and two gloves (mismatched) and set out in the pouring rain.



Needless to say, I was the only one out, but I discovered that walking in the rain is very therapeutic. When I came home, I was pretty much soaked. I hung my gear on the mailbox and let it drip for awhile. Then I took a hot bath. Ahhhhh.....



As some of you know, most mornings I do Nordic Walking. Yes, I am that crazy lady in the neighborhood walking with poles. I didn't take my poles out in the rain, but when I got home I replaced the worn-out tips on my poles with brand new ones.


Look at the difference in tread!
Isn't that the most exciting thing you've seen today?


I am pretty proud of getting out there and getting my walk in even though it was pouring.

Yesterday I walked in the rain, but I have to believe that soon I'll be walking in the sunshine and with a new bounce in my step.

When it comes down to it, life is all about putting one foot in front of the other, whatever the weather brings.



33 comments:

Anne Gallagher said...

I used to walk the beach twice a day with the dogs. Rain, snow, freezing weather, like a mailman. I miss it so much. Talk about a work-out. Talk about how much weight I've put on since I stopped. I tried going to the park, but it's creepy. I tried doing my street but the neighbors stop me and want to chat. I tried the woods but we have poisonous snakes. I have to find somewhere soon. Being a lard butt is driving me crazy. (Not to mention I can't fit in my pants.) But good for you for walking in the rain. It IS therapeutic.

Catherine said...

I never knew the poles had little booties on the end of them!! Haha!

Looks like you have put on many miles friend ~ good for you!

xo Catherine

Cool Gal said...

It's amazing what exercise can do for the soul. Good for you for getting out in the rain! I love that you are the "crazy lady" with the walking poles. Seems to totally fit your personality!

Wishing you a great day!

Daisy said...

I've walked a few times in the pouring rain too. It is peaceful. Of course I got soaked too. I don't do that on a cold day, but a warm day's rain doesn't bother me. I don't know what Nordic walking is. I'll have to look that up. Good for you on getting out there every day, Betty. I'm sure it is very good therapy.

Out on the prairie said...

If I let weather stop me I would never get out.I enjoy the elements and being part of them. Thanks for the greeting, I ate 1/2 of a cake with a friend last night and waited for some bizarre dreams.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

You're amazing, Betty! I'm like Dexter, my boxer. I tip-toe in the rain, and would much rather be inside. ☺ Glad you felt better after your walk. Happy Thursday!

Psalm 142:3

Flartus said...

I'm impressed! I was thinking when you mentioned getting a dog that it can be tough making sure a dog gets enough attention when there's just one person, working full-time...but two walks a day? Better not let Rosie see this, or she'll be on her way to CA before I know it!

Actually, thanks to Rosie, I can appreciate the feeling of being the only one clever enough to be outside in the rain. It feels so good to come in from the wet to dry off and warm up. (Hm, analogy much?)

blueviolet said...

Look at you go! Walking is very good therapy and does a world for clearing a mind. I'm glad you're doing it. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Yes, it is Betty. Good for you for keeping going.

Tabor said...

What a lovely metaphor. Walking is better than any natural or artificial chemical we put in our bodies. You go girl!

Eva Gallant said...

Yep, one foot in front of the other, and it gets easier every day! You go , girl!

Donna said...

Loving your new "slant" on life! I had to tell my grandaughter the other day, Life seldom takes us where we want to go...you have to get behind the wheel, and Drive!
Have a Smiling, Sweet Day Princess!!
hughugs

Pat said...

This just made me grin from ear to ear! Go Betty!

Brian (not the cat) said...

The postal service may be going under, but not you, Betty. I can't wait for the sleet report.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, Betty!
And the caption for the last photo made me chuckle.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Well, now I've got to go google Nordic walking!

I will admit that I just made up a song in my head,

"Walk like a Nordicman."

(kind of like walk like an Egyptian...only different)

Or it could be: "Walk like Leif Ericson".

Hey, speaking of songs, I posted that song for you today. Hugs!

Retired English Teacher said...

True, Betty, very true. Just keep on keeping on.

Ms. A said...

Yes, it is! (even if it's baby steps)

Old Kitty said...

BB!!! I just know that on your next walk, the sun will shine and that bounce on your step will return!! Take care
x

EmptyNester said...

I've become addicted to my daily walks too. Tell me about the poles- what are the benefits of using them?

Hilary said...

You are your own ray of sunshine. Keep on walking, dear Betty.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

when I was younger, I always loved to run in the rain. Now I prefer sunshine or at worst, new snow.
Wishing you lots of sunshine.

Lin said...

I would think walking in the rain is good--you can have a good cry and nobody would notice. They would think it was the rain!!

I used to go to the cemetery when I was really sad--not only was it quiet there, but you could have a good cry without anyone bothering you. Nobody asks you why you are crying there.

Kazzy said...

This walking you are doing now is all in preparation for marathons in your future. I am impressed by your fortitude. Keep going!

Chuck said...

You have more tread on your poles than I have on my car tires! That should get you good traction...even in the rain!

jenny_o said...

I admire your persistence in spite of the bad weather!

CM said...

Good for you! Exercise is so essential when we are grieving. And I don't think you are crazy for nordic walking at all!

karen said...

For what it's worth, I like to walk in the rain too. And there's nothing like a workout to put your problems in perspective. Great time for meditation and thought.

rainbow said...

When ever I see the rain it is so exciting for me, it always reminds me MY RAINBOW IS ON THE WAY. It takes the rain and the sun to make GOD'S RAINBOW. You are in a short rain shower now but your RAINBOW IS ON THE WAY. Please keep this in mind. GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE.

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Pat Tillett said...

I LOVE walking in the rain. As long as it's cool or cold, it's great.

Linda said...

Exercise is indeed good for mind and body, so keep it up, BB. Even when it's raining and even if you don't feel like it. Keep that routine. And soon you will indeed be walking in sunshine.

Leanne said...

I LOVE that you are the crazy lady in the neighborhood walking with poles. I am the crazy flower in the hair, wild socks lady. We should walk together!

The pictures of the pole tips are so cool. When I first looked at them, I thought they were some sort of really funky shoes. (Yeah, I don't reall walk much ... and never with poles). So glad you've got some new treads. GO GIRL!

Baby Sister said...

You're cute. :) I love walking in the rain. It makes life seem better. Go you!! *hugs*