In June 1992, I moved to New York City. And, it only took me 14 years to discover power walking around Central Park's reservoir. Did you all know that the full name of the reservoir is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir? I just found out on my third power walk by the reservoir.
A couple of weeks ago, I was getting ready to head to the gym to do some cardio. I tend to do 30 minutes on the treadmill followed by about the same amount of stretching. Since entering my 30's, I have made stretching a large part of my fitness routine. I am glad I did... anyway, back to the power walking... I wasn't particularly motivated to go to the gym that day. AND the weather was on the hot side. BUT for some reason, I threw on my not-so-tight-shorts, a sleeveless Tee, and my older running shoes and headed for a walk in the park. I planned on doing about 30 minutes of brisk walking in the shaded, hilly areas of the park.
About 15 minutes into my walk, I noticed people running on a track. I headed to it and realized that it was the reservoir running track. I got on. I began walking but got off after about half way around because I realized that I had to head back to meet a friend for lunch.
A week later, I got up and decided to do another power walk in the park. This time, I made up my mind to go all the way around. I enjoyed it so much that yesterday, I did it again. And despite the insane heat we are experiencing, I am going to get up early to do it again tomorrow. And I am excited.
I hate running, so I just don't. I do get a great sweat from the power walking. I have my headphones on and I just power my way past people. Actually, yesterday, I powered my way past someone who I think thought they were jogging. Not sure if they were. I think I will make this part of my fitness routine as long as the weather permits. I like the idea of being outside exercising with people. It feels very liberating. And, yes, I still stretch for about 30 mintes afterwards.
I think I have just become more of a New Yorker. Later.