Therapeutic Walking Before Hill Repeats

Stink bug

Spotted this guy as I headed out on my walk, today. Nature is fascinating. Photo by FitOldDog.

Evolution of sea grasses, reminded me of whales and hippos.

Evolution of sea grasses.

It is very difficult to walk at someone else’s pace! In fact, I find it work. Apart from that, walking is great exercise, and a good thing to do before a challenging run.

I have two ways of walking, one is thoughtful, with my mind drifting from the external to the internal world, and the other is hurried, such a when I’m being attacked by mosquitos. While on trails, I’m always reminded of the evolution of the plant world, which I studied enthusiastically in my teens. Evidence of this process is all around you, you just have to look.

I was searching for an evolutionary chart of the plant kingdom to make my point, and came across a picture of the evolution of sea grasses, none of which did I see on my walk. I just found it interesting, so I used it, anyway.

What’s the point of all this?

That walking is great for thinking, contemplating, exercising, and preparing your body for a hard run, which I did with our yellow lab, Willbe, for 2.5 miles, just before my morning run.

Here is the record of my run from my FitBit! It’s a long, steady, quarter-mile of asphalt up, then back down a nice, golden gritty trail, sharp turn, and back up the hill. Felt more solid than I have in a couple of years.

FitOldDog's workout on his FitBit

My new FitBit talks to me ALL the time, it even sends me text messages from my phone. You’ll note, for one shining moment I was at close to a 7-minute pace! Hill repeats are tough.

Happy Trails,



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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.