Or perhaps a more accurate title would be amusing the neighbourhood, but since I’m used to amusing them I’m hanging onto the thought that there are some that I’m inspiring!
The last 2 months I’ve been undertaking an extensive exercise program with the aim to improve my fitness and well being. This involves doing sessions of a minimum of 40 minutes, 6 times a weeks. I have written on two occasions before about standing out when going for a walk and also the hazards that I face when I done a pair of sneakers to hit the pavement. Well the last few weeks I’ve really upped the anti.
When I first started on my program I was just walking fast. This soon progressed to power walking which attracted some “advice” about “how” I should walk and more than my fair shares of looks. Now I’ve started jogging and well it’s causing confusion. I’m not sure that the neighbours have ever seen anyone run on the roads before for the purpose of exercising. Occasionally people might attend the local gym (a whole other post for another day!) and jog on the treadmill, or they might even own their own treadmill, but this is all done inside behind closed doors.
Here I am jogging up and down the roads around our house and the neighbours just don’t know how to respond past a quizzical look. The other night a truck load of cement was being delivered for the ongoing roadworks on our road and the workmen literally had to pick their jaws up from the ground as they looked at me with amazement as I jogged by. I doubt they had ever seen anything like it before.
Just to really give them something to talk about the last week not only was I jogging but I was doing hills sprints using the hill just around the corner from our house. The neighbours must have thought I was certifiably crazy as I was willingly sprinting up the hill, then turning around to do it over and over. I had quite the audience!
But back to talking about inspiring the neighbourhood. On any given night there is now up to 6 other women out walking for the purpose of wanting to exercise and not just out for a social stroll. They have noticed the results that I’m getting with my program and they are also putting on walking shoes and heading outside and walking at a decent pace. They are asking me questions about what I’m doing and what they should be doing and I’m happy to provide them with some information and suggestions. Hopefully this unseasonably cold weather that we are experiencing at the moment doesn’t put them off from continuing to come out and join me.