National Walking Day part 2: The Downtown Edition

So, I swore to get my 30 minutes in and that I did.

I started at Fourth Street (where the production studio for The Less Desirables Podcast 27bdf2bb-5813-4bf7-a7c8-ceb4e339d7a4Network, my “day job,” is) and walked east, stopping to say hi to Will Kingery, owner of King’s Crab Shack and Oyster Bar, Willow’s Bistro and Silo Bistro & Bar, who was standing in front of King’s. I started my 30 minutes from there.

I walked east to Main Street and then turned south walking all the way to the northern end of Old Salem. I then turned west on Brookstown Ave. and took that to Cherry Street. Then I took Cherry all the way back to Fourth and that took right around 32 minutes. I wasn’t thinking when I started that way but coming back, no matter which street was going to be an uphill battle, literally. I persevered and trod along and I’ll admit I had to stop a couple of times along the way, just for a second, to catch my breath. But I made it. 3793 steps (2778 at a healthy pace). I walked 1.85 miles. I burned 287 calories. How did your walk go?

Get to steppin’!

April 4, 2016: National Walking Day 2016

While I’m still trying to get this whole walking endeavor in its own routine, I want to let you know, if you didn’t already know, that today is National Walking Day, promoted by the American Heart Association.

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Let’s review why this is important to me. One, I’m doing this walking blog, right? I need to set an example and if it’s a “national observance” that has to do with the subject of my blog, then I need to observe.

Two, I’m a large guy. I hover around 300 lbs, even crossing that number for the first time a couple of months ago at the doctor’s office and that bothers me. Anyone who knew me as a kid knew I was a very skinny and small, but tall, kid. I let go, I guess (I have theories on that). I’m not a body builder so that weight isn’t good for me.

Three, I had (coming up on the anniversary) triple bypass heart surgery at the age of 41. I never had an actual heart attack, somehow. But, gave myself a few opportunities, in of all places, my favorite place on earth, Walt Disney World, and on my wife’s birthday and the weekend of my (better late than never) college graduation. 99% blockage (probably 100%) in one artery, the “widow maker” was 95% blocked and a third was 75% blocked. I don’t know how I didn’t have a heart attack, but I didn’t. My heart actually passes the squeeze test pretty well.

So for these reasons, I’m participating in National Walking Day. Wednesdays are my busiest day of the week so I will only get to do the 30 minute recommendation, but I believe that’s the point of the observation: we’re sitting more, becoming more sedentary, and using the excuse of being “busy.” Well, your heart doesn’t care how “busy” you are, it needs to be busy and that’s only going to happen by being more active. I hate the word “exercise” because I envision doing tae bo or long sessions on an elliptical machine (which I really don’t mind) or the people who I see on the street corners running in place waiting for the light to change and with the most horrible grimaces on their faces because I know that all that running, to me, would be very uncomfortable (and awful). I have never liked, or understood the appeal of, running. I know I get enthralled in my work (all aspects of them) and it’s important for me to get out and keep myself alive.

I hope that you get out there and do at least 30 minutes of walking today. If you can only fit it in 10 minutes at a time, then do yourself a favor and do it. Your heart is what keeps you going, so, keep it going! Load up that mp3 player and enjoy your walk!

Get to steppin’!

Saturday, April 2: Buena Vista

Yesterday was a good and long walk day. It was the Buena Vista (North Stratford Road) neighborhood today. Stephanie and I parked at the BB&T at Five-Points and headed north on Stratford. We walked all the way up to Reynolda Rd, which was 1.2 miles, itself. 2016-04-02 22.30.02

From there we went back down Stratford back to Robinhood Rd and two streets west to Arbor Rd. We took Arbor south to Warwick Rd. Then west on Warwick to Roslyn Rd. North on Roslyn to Reynolds Dr. West on Reynolds where we stopped and had lemonade from two cute kids selling them for about $.25 per ounce. We purchased $.75 worth. We continued on Reynolds until we got to South Westview Dr. South on Westview to Country Club then east on Country Club all the way back to the BB&T.

That whole stretch was 4.3 miles. The beauty of that neighborhood is that there is so much to walk that we can return over and over and see a whole different side of it each time.

We then drove to the Harris Teeter on Stratford where we walked the whole store gather

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groceries for dinner. Then to Walmart off of Peters Creek Parkway for more groceries and more walking.

All in all yesterday, we walked 13,022 steps. The distance total was 6.41. I burned 976 calories today. A good day. Here’s to more just like it.

Get to steppin’.