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My Morning Walk

Every morning I start my day out walking 6 miles or so. I walk around a lake in a park that is very near to my house or on the many paths throughout the neighborhoods where I live. My walk is something I enjoy and look forward to. That it is great exercise and helps keep me healthy, thin, and fit is a great bonus.

In July 2013 I moved to Garrett County Md so I no longer have the lake and paths to walk.  BUT I now walk along country roads, through my little town and have beautiful mountain scenery and farms to see and photograph. I've made friends with cows, horses and a couple of chickens. : )

 Walking Quotes

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~ Henry David Thoreau

If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.
~ Charles Dickens

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
 ~Steven Wright

My grandmother started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we don't know where the hell she is.
~ Ellen DeGeneres

Happy is the man who has acquired
the love of walking for its own sake.
~ W.J. Holland
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I've always liked to walk but started walking in June of 1988 for exercise.  I knew I wanted to do some form of exercise to keep in shape and knew it would have to be something that I liked or I wouldn't keep it up.  Since I liked walking I thought that would be the thing for me.
I stared walking with a friend Joanne and we would walk two miles, Monday through Friday.  Unless it rained and we would skip that day.
Then we just started talking more and ended up walking 3 miles.
She moved away and I continued walking by myself and realized I prefer walking alone. 
Little by little the time and distance increased and I started walking in the rain too.
Now I walk 6 miles most every day.
My motivation to start walking was to be healthy.
Now I just enjoy walking and I guess you could say I'm a bit obsessed with it. : )
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 When I first start out walking, I say a little prayer of mine and then pray for people on my prayer list.  I always end by thanking God that I'm outside and walking.  Right away that puts me in a happy frame of mind.

I love being outside and breathing in the fresh air. Walking down a path, I might hear the babbling of a brook, birds singing, dogs barking in the distance, or the wind blowing in the trees.  Or I might hear the rain on my umbrella or hear the sound of it hitting the water.  I might see deer 
running or see them stop while we look at each other.  I see all kinds of wildlife.  And since moving I now see cows, horses, and chickens every day too.

There are so many  beautiful vibrant colors to look at each day. A blue sky, green grass, and flowers of every color. And those sunrises - awesome.  Even in winter there is beauty. I am thankful for each of these different things and when I am thankful, I am happy and content.

I may have problems or things not going exactly the way I'd like them too, but when I'm outside walking I put all that aside and just enjoy the moment.  It's hard to be unhappy when I am surrounded by the beautiful world God has given us.  I feel such peace when I feel the sun on my face or look out over the water and see it rippling in the breeze and see the ducks and geese sitting out there.  I feel special to be a part of all this.  I feel that no matter what happens during the rest of the day, I have this time that is all mine and when things don't go right, I put myself back in my morning walk and know that I will be there again tomorrow.

I have heard that runners get a high from running and I believe I get that from walking.  After the first few miles I get this extra energy and feel like I could walk all day.  After my walk I feel energized and ready to face the day.  I feel healthy in mind and body and soul.  I feel joy. :-)
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Many people ask how long it takes me to walk.  
When I walk without stopping, I walk a mile in 15 minutes.   
So my 6 mile morning walk takes about 90 minutes.  
Sometimes it's a bit longer because I stop to talk to people 
or the animals along the way or take pictures.  
I like to go first thing in the morning before the day gets started.  
I try to get outside by 6:30 and 
I'm usually home by 8:00 or 8:15.  
I've been known to walk longer though.  : ) 

I walk year round in all kinds of weather. 
I have rain pants and a yellow rain slicker as well as an umbrella for those rainy days. Layers keep me warm in the winter. 
I have ice grippers that slip over my shoes when it is icy
 but if things are really bad I will skip a day. 
Single digits with a windy day will keep me from walking too. 

11 comments:

  1. Loved your pictures Happyone.

    Meta from W/T

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  2. I first applaude you for putting you love for God out there front and center, not many people do. Also you have been a really good friend in helping me get mine set up may God bless you for it

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  3. What a nice idea, saying a prayer as you walk. I'll try making that part of my walks. And I do enjoy seeing the pix of barns and the countryside on your walks. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Your walk sounds lovely! I used to walk 8 to 10 miles a day. I have a new baby so my daily walk is much shorter these days :) I look forward to seeing pictures from your walks!

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  5. I understand about the walker's "high". It's a stress reliever for me. My hubby has been known to ask my why I don't go for a walk...could I be getting a big cranky?!?!? LOL

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing all this! I must try to walk more thanks to your inspiration!
    Funny, I've just finished reading a book about the Amish in Garret County MD and their neighbouring Amish across the border in Somerset County PA and the rift between them way back in the 1890's. Sounds like a beautiful area to live and walk in!

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  7. Just found your blog today via Henny Penny. You have inspired me to get back to walking. Love reading your blog and will be a regular here and will let you know how I'm doing with the walking. r/sharon

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  8. I like it to read about your walks.

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  9. I have been reading your posts for a couple of weeks. You are inspiring me to get out and walk. It is very uplifting to read your comments. Thank you.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this post about walking. I too walk daily, weather permitting, and enjoy it immensely. Good for my mental health, I think, with the added bonus of staying in shape. It provides a good example to my neighbors, at least I hope. thanks again, and keep walking:)

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