Yesterday I did a LOT of walking. Some intentional and some accidental because I am really really bad at guessing distances. I have apparently relied on MapMyRuns too much because I tried to add a mile or two to my walk home from work yesterday and ended up walking over twice the distance. Whoops.
I just bought a new backpack for such occasions that I walk to work AND for day hikes! I had been researching some packs for a while, looking for one that was women-specific, had a lot of pockets for hiking, had a long frame for my long torso, and was super supportive for long hikes. I found THIS one online and after speaking with a super helpful guy at MEC it is the one I bought. It’s called the Gregory J28 Women’s Daypack and I cannot get over how lucky I am that the pack that worked the best for me is my FAVE colour.
I suited up for a chilly walk to work yesterday morning. The windchill was about -5 degrees Celsius when I left but as the sun rose I felt it getting warmer by the time I got to work. It is almost exactly 4 miles from my house to work, which isn’t too far and now that I write that it seems ridiculous that I drive 98% of the time, but it takes me an hour to walk there (and an hour return). I wore my dad’s winter jacket because I couldn’t find mine and I have officially decided that I’m stealing it. It’s big and fluffy and SO SO SO warm.
When I got to work and told people that I voluntarily decided to walk from home that morning I got a pretty consistent response.
I worked all day (well, I mean, like 7 hours, but c’mon it’s a Saturday so that’s practically all day) and then layered back up for the walk home. It was actually nice and warm in the afternoon yesterday so I didn’t wear the down jacket. I think it got to about 8 or 10 degrees Celsius which is awesome walking weather. I just LOVE fresh air, especially after sitting in front of a computer screen all day.
As I mentioned, I wanted to add another mile or so on the way home so I took another route. I figured at most it would add two or three miles but I really didn’t think it all the way through. My parents texted me as the sun was beginning to set to ask where the hell I was. I ended up walking about 9 miles home and it took me over two hours! It’s safe to say I was super hungry when I got home and I was delighted when my dad told me there was baked spaghetti squash in the oven for me. YUM.
I may have walked a tiny but further than I had originally planned but it was such a nice day! I knew that when I got home I would be parking my ass and watching hockey all night so I’m glad I was out there for a little bit longer. Plus I got caught up on ALL my podcasts!
Total commute walk mileage: 12.68 miles
Number of times I thought, “I love my new backpack!”: 23
Podcasts listened to: Jay and Dan Podcast Episode 86 with guest Pete Rose & Katie Nolan’s podcast Garbage Time (<- her first podcast episode check her out!!)