Yesterday I felt restless ALL DAY LONG.
I couldn't quite put my finger on it ... until we stepped outside ... and I realized it has been far. too. long. since I've enjoyed my nightly walks.
I've always admired those hardy walkers and joggers who are up before the sun and have already made their lap around town as I am settling in with my morning cup of coffee. Though I do enjoy getting up before anyone else around here, it certainly isn't to face the world outside ;). My favorite time for walking is in the evening. Twilight is beautiful. Dark is best.
For years and years and years and years, walking has been a part of my "therapy." ;). As a teen, I tried to figure out life's ever-evolving issues by walking those country miles (growing up on a grain farm, there are plenty of country miles around!!). Moving to the Big City, I was sad because walking did not feel safe to me, especially after dark. Now, my favorite places to walk include the country mile a mere two blocks from my house, or my old familiar route around town. Either works, but country walkin' is the best! After we got our pooch (I was 6 weeks prego with M at the time, only we didn't know it yet!!!), I walked several kilos almost every night. It was fabulous. After K was born, I joined an aerobics class, but it wasn't quite the same. And soon, with bedtimes all askew and night times even worse, there was no energy left at the end of the day for breathing, let alone walking :).
But ahhhh, last night, I was able to walk again. 'Course, I'm 7 months pregnant now, and I can feel aches and pains as a result, but it is worth it :). Strapping on the sneakers, whipping out the ipod, and off I go :). Due to spring slush, my favorite walking buddy, Diggy, wasn't able to come with me. However, he soon will be able to join in the walking fun. I won't go as often as I like, but there's something so refreshing about getting out. Just what the doctor ordered.
'Course, the doctor would probably also recommend a good nights sleep, too, but would have to consult with Sweet K on that one. :)