Most recently, I've been especially thankful that she's such an incredible walking buddy.
I've never really thought of myself as being particularly in shape. I hate running. I haven't done much strength training after my parents no longer had a YMCA membership for my sister and I to use over the summers. I love eating, especially bacon cheeseburgers, and my favorite part of eating out in Pittsburgh was that you don't have to make a decision between a side salad or fries because you can get fries IN your salad. I've always been of the opinion that as long as I don't have to go up a pants size I don't need to up the exercise or cut back on my favorite foods. Basically, I eat what I want, when I'm hungry and then I walk my dog regularly. That's it.
Recently, though, I was spending time with a group of people my age. That's rare. Most of my co-workers are at least a decade older than I am and our agility classmates are all my mom's age or older. The only time I'm really active with people my own age is when I'm with my sister--and she runs, so she skews my perspective on what people my age are like!
As my friends and I took a little hike, I realized that I might be in better shape than I thought. We went on a short, 2-mile hike on relatively easy terrain (only a 56 ft. elevation change and more of the loop was downhill or flat than uphill) and walked at a 20:47 pace (my average pace with Barley this year--including our slow, trudging through snow walks and our leisurely admiring the scenery walks--is 17:65 or 3.4 miles an hour).
|A slower pace is fine with me when you have pretty trails like this to enjoy!|
Barley is the perfect walking buddy. She's so attuned to my pace and is content to trot along at a quick pace or enjoy the smells along the trail on a more leisurely stroll. She enjoys a short loop around the neighborhood and she loves exploring the parks near us. Whatever kind of walk I can fit into my day, Barley's up for it.
Now that we're back at home, we are buckling down and trying to log plenty of miles to make up for all of our missed days this winter. Luckily, Mother Nature is on our side and we've been in the 60s and 70s all week--perfect walking temperatures! Barley doesn't get too hot as long as we have plenty of water and everything is green again, so the walks are beautiful!
We had a great 5-mile walk at the Arboretum after our make up agility class yesterday morning. It was like walking through the Emerald City--everything was so lush and green it seemed like it was glowing!
There were also a lot of flowers blooming throughout the park, so everything smelled magical.
We ventured to the other side of the creek for the first time this year because it was finally warm enough that if I got my shoes wet while hopping across the rocks I wouldn't be upset having to walk around with wet shoes all day. While I'd missed the views in the maple collection, I had not missed the crazy stairs that you have to go down (and then back up) to get to the creek--and I had to take a little break halfway up (but hey, that's why they put benches in the various landings in the stair case, right?).
|Barley got a good laugh at my need to stop half way up.|
Slowly but surely, we're gaining on our resolution goal and I feel so very lucky to have such a great pup to keep my company when it's time to get off the couch.