“There are lots of things you could probably do to improve your life. You could make more money, for instance, or travel more, or write more, or be a better friend, or get one of those vacuum cleaners that cleans your house while you’re out throwing your head back laughing at after-work cocktails in a nicely ironed shirt, the sleeve of which you hitch up when your expensive watch reminds you to circulate so you can get home in time to do all the right things to be perfect again the next day.
On the other hand, you could just do this: go for a walk. Nothing quite like a nice walk to really turn things around. Okay, alright, it’s not going to fix everything. It might not fix anything. And okay, alright, if you’re crook or you can’t walk or are indisposed or it’s the middle of the night, it doesn’t even need to be an actual walk. Do the next best thing. Go to the window and look out of it.”
~ Lorin Clarke, Walk the Walk, The Big Issue #543
Yesterday I participated in ‘the bloody long walk’ which is a 35km charity walk from Sandgate in Brisbane’s Northeast to South Brisbane. The walk is aimed at raising money and awareness of Mitochrondria Disease and I was able to raise $470 for this cause.
I really enjoyed the walk; especially since the weather was truly amazing: clear, warm but not hot, and sunny.
My unofficial finish time was ~4h:40m, I finished in the top 20 finishers and I believe I was the first person to finish that wasn’t running 🏃🏻
Today was the second time I’ve seen an echidna in the wild; both times have been in Toohey Forest which is a short drive from our place in Brisbane.
Seeing an animal in the wild is so much more amazing than seeing one in an animal sanctuary; I stood there fascinated for about ten minutes whilst it went about doing its thing, fairly content with me being quite nearby until I got a little too close for a photo and it curled up into a spiky ball with its head in the ground 😊
Oh, and the wildflowers in bloom were also pretty amazing today.
Full disclosure: I have never seen or played Pokemon Go and I don’t even know what it is.
Something strange started happening a few weeks ago; I started seeing young people outside! They were glued to their phones but they were outside!
I realised this is part of Pokemon Go’s genius plan.
Step One: Convince (mostly) young and (mostly) overweight video game players to walk around outside holding their phones trying to capture Pokemon
Step Two: These video gamers realize that capturing Pokemon is actually pretty boring but it’s rather nice walking outside in the fresh air
Step Three: Video game players realize they don’t need video games to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy just walking without their phones instead
I love this time of year when the sun shines and the wattle blooms. It’s so lovely to look at on long walks in nature.
I am so happy that my darling Kitty has started blogging. Her recent article ‘blogging as therapy‘ holds so much truth: the process of writing a blog post is so therapeutic (even if you don’t hit publish at the end), but like other therapeutic activities, for example nature walking, it is so under-utilised!
It’s great to see Kitty take blogging off the pedestal. Like the saying that walking begins by simply putting on foot in front of the other, I believe blogging begins simply but putting one word in front of another. Well done.
I did a fantastic walk today with a friend around Mount Beerburrum in the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland.
It was an organized walk by the Trail Runner’s Association of Queensland so unsurprisingly there were mostly trail runners completing either the 26km circular route, or running it twice. We entered the walking category and did 26km (or about 27.5km according to my watch).
The walk was much more challenging than the 35k walk I did in May in Byron Bay; I believe mostly this was to do with the terrain and also some of the altitude.
I’m proud to have completed it as just a few years ago this would have been mostly impossible with how unhealthy I was. Oh and did I mention it was the most glorious weather today?
As much as I love nature walking; sometimes I’ll do an urban photo walk just to mix things up. On the weekend I walked from home (Annerley) to West End via Highgate Hill and back via Woolongabba, during which I saw some cool really cool things. I put them into a single image using Layout, an app by Instagram.
Walking in nature is totally underated. It’s something that is so easy to do, literally a walk in a park, requires so little, and yet it yields so many physical and mental health benefits.
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Although I’ve been running my whole life, I much prefer walking.
And I’m a pretty fast walker: 35km in 5:02 is just shy of 7km/h.
Since doing my 35km walk last month, and loving it, I’ve been researching what other similar events are coming up throughout the year, and I noticed that a lot of marathons also allow walkers.
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