Being able to safely walk around the neighborhood makes getting out and exercising a LOT easier. My older sister, Kate, who lives in Connecticut, and I decided a couple of weeks ago that we would take the month of April to walk a mile every day. We also added some ab exercises in there as well, but that's neither here nor there. So this past Sunday I started walking. Yes, it was a day early but it was beautiful day for a walk! There are all sorts of places to walk. The cool thing about Sausalito is that there are unmarked stairways and paths all over the place so that locals can get around more easily from street to street. For instance, if I walk out the front door and hang a right it is 8/10th of mile to the next street. Well, not all streets have these connecting paths (like the example I just used doesn't have a path because it's sooo steep and a little more wandering than most of the other roads around here), but there are a few. On my walks with Peach, the golden retriever (my sister's dog), we've found four of those paths so far. They are pretty nifty and one of these days I'll take a picture and post it...scout's honor even though I was never one.
I've been doing well with the walking. We've been averaging about 1.3 miles a day. It would be higher but I had to give my legs a break yesterday. The day before was quite painful and close to the shin splints danger zone. But taking the day off was exactly what I needed. We made great time with a 1.74 miles walk today. Climbing hills is definitely a challenge and something I am not used to. I grew up at/just above sea level, so going on a walk and gaining a total of 433 ft during a 35 minute walk can be miserable at points (and always the point in the walk when someone wants to stop and talk!). But at the end of the day, I'm 100% glad I did it. And so is Peach!
Here are some photos of the view from my walks. Enjoy!