Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Journey of 1000 Miles Continues

New York goes to the polls, 2018
Voting in New York City is no different that voting across the United States. I voted in an overheated school gym in my neighborhood. It was crowded, actually as crowded as I've ever seen the turnout for a mid-term election. Under a white canopy outside the school the PTA was running a bake sale. There was lots of staff to explain how to scan our ballots and to keep the literally hundreds of Upper West Siders in line. 
The biggest difference about voting in Manhattan and voting in most other places is that I walked to PS 163. There are closer polling places, but for some reason I cannot understand, my building was assigned to a site not quite a mile away. Despite wind and rain, I walked over. My round trip this morning was 1.7 miles, slightly more than half of my daily walking goal. 
Yes, I have a daily walking goal. I don't always make it, but usually I'm close to or above the three miles I try to walk daily. I began 2017 with a goal of walking 1,000 miles. I ended the year with a total of 1,040 miles. I started 2018 with the same goal and in the first week of November I've walked over 900 miles. My thousand miles for 2018 is right in sight. I'm hoping to make it to 1100 miles, but that will depend on the weather. Icy sidewalks are not conducive to long walks.
I've found I love to walk, and I especially love to walk outside. I don't enjoy the treadmill, so I've found that if I'm bundled up in winter or in the right combination of layers in other seasons I can do a lot of my errands via walking. I started slowly. In 2016 my goal was two miles a day, and in 2012 after my spinal surgery I was happy to do three or four blocks. I'm grateful for how far -- literally and figuratively -- I've been able to travel. 
 As much as I'd like to take the journey in 2019 it may not be possible. In the first week of January, I'm going to have a total hip replacement for my right hip. This will definitely sideline my walking journey for several months. I'm hoping by the spring I'll be walking all over New York City again and by April I'll be back on an airplane.

I'm a walker, but I also enjoy my seated yoga classes and strength training machines at the local Y. It has come as a complete surprise how much I like working out on the machines. Is anyone else a fan of weights? Yoga? Walking?

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!


Lisa said...

We walked to the polls last night also! I need to find a seated yoga class.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Yes, I love to walk and did a lot for many years, but these days, not so much at all. Hope your surgery does the trick and you'll be back to walking in style next year.

Lynda said...

Praying your hip replacement is a TOTAL success! You have a good mindset about your health so I think you should do as well or better in recovery than many people.
My husband is getting a knee replacement in December. Praying he is a good patient.

Kerin said...

Walking is wonderful! We love to walk and have to navigate wet, slick and icy roads in the winter as well, as neither me nor my sweet hubby like treadmill walking.
I am working to gather up my warm winter gear and recently bought a muk~luk neck muffle... I'm not sure if that's what it's called, but I can tell you it is so nice and warm and keeps me warm on our walks :)

Best of luck with the surgery. Hopefully, you will heal quickly and feel better for not having constant pain in your hip, and hope you're back walking very soon :)


Susie said...

Carol, Good for you. I am glad you keep up walking even in a bit of rain and wind. I loved the picture you posted. Lots of color . Wishing you the best when it comes time for your surgery. Because you do walk and exercise, you will recover well. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Curtains in My Tree said...

I walk on average 1.7 mile a day due to how far away I have to park to get into my building
I do like yoga and took classes before I came back to work full time

I am fat and out of shape now LOl and need to get back to eating vegs and fruits and little meat, just can;t leave the sweets alone

I like reading how you get around in New York city and seeing the sites as you go by
I love new York City

Terra said...

I am a fan of walking and Bounce and I take two walks a day, no matter the weather. He has a couple of rain coats and looks very spiffy in them. You are walking a LOT of miles, congratulations. I wonder how many I walk.