« Dunn Gardens | Main | Lakewold Garden »


Edmonds Ferry
I've been trying to motivate myself to exercise. I need it so bad. I have no energy, my back and legs hurt if I stand for a long period. I was so sore and stiff from my flight back from Arkansas. Then there is the ever expanding waistline. I find it so difficult to get out and move after work. I work a 10 hour day. Add on an hour and half for the commute in and back and there went 12 hours.

My I-pod has been helping. I download a few new tunes and create new a songlist. New tunes always gets me out. And the weather is improving. The temperatures are starting to get above 60 and I don't seem to mind getting out if I don't have to bundle up.

But the best motivator so far has been a new route. I like to walk or jog and my neighborhood route has gotten really boring. We don't have sidewalks in my neighborhood so I walk on the street or the gravel roadsides. The streets are not real busy but you do have to be aware. I have been enjoying the progression of spring blooms in the yards but I live in the suburbs and there is just so much you can get excited about suburban yards.

Puget Sound Vista

A couple of weeks ago, I tried a new route. It is about a 5 minute drive from my house to the ferry dock and the shoreline of the Puget Sound. One street north of the ferry runs about a 1/4 mile with a gorgeous view out over to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Whidbey Island and even Mount Baker. I love the expansive horizon. The seagulls drift overhead. The gardens are a bit more adventurous also.

I've enjoyed this walk for years but what I did differently was to head south and past the ferry dock. It turns out that I can walk along the sound for a good mile to Marina Park. It starts at Brackett's Landing and if I'm lucky and the tide is out, I can walk in the sand for a bit. At the fishing pier, it becomes a wooden walkway along the marina and then over a small bridge and into the park. There is such diversity and activity - it keeps me interested. I love it.

Comments (2)

kimmer99 [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Marta, I feel the same way about exercising. I found two things have helped motivate me and then keep me going when motivation fails.

One - I set a goal. So this summer, I'm going to do a century (100 mile) bike ride. Once I picked my goal (and yes, that's extreme), I set up a plan by week of workouts I need to do in order to obtain that goal. Now, every morning I look at my plan and see what I "have to" do. Somehow having the plan to "feel like it" out of the realm of consideration and made it a requirement.

The other thing - like you - I have to find new routes. After three - four weeks of the same route, I got bored, so now I'm looking for new ones. It adds time to my exercise but at least it's interesting.

Check out www.usatf.com - they have route maps, and people put up interesting walking/running routes by area. You may find some that suit you.

Sorry for being so long-winded. :)

marta [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I just checked out UTATF site and it has some great suggestions for my area. Thanks for the link Kim.

I agree having a goal is another great motivator. I haven't found one that will 'stick' for this year. I did read that the hills in Villefranche sur mer up to the language school are tough so getting in condition for a month of hill walking in a small French Riviera town might be one. :)

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on May 9, 2007 5:57 PM.

The previous post in this blog was Dunn Gardens.

The next post in this blog is Lakewold Garden.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.33
© 2004 - 2014 Slow Travel