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My Walking Sneakers Empower Me

Empower (verb): 1-give (someone) the authority or power to do something; 2-make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.

Michael and Mom at 5K finish line
My son and his girlfriend surprised me at the finish line of our annual Riverfest 5K run/walk.

Flash forward 40+ years. Today, my walking sneakers, Asics, by personal choice, give me the same super powers. They empower me to get moving, propelling me forward; walking all around my hometown, maybe even walking further or faster than the last time. Dad doesn’t need to remind me anymore. I can physically and mentally see it for myself. I believe in my walking and my sneakers.

How did I start walking on a regular basis? Well, everyone has their story and here is mine.

It’s been four years now, that I have been seriously walking. It was out of necessity that I even started. I worked only 1.25 miles from my house in a group home. I worked a night shift and my daughter was dutifully charged with the responsibility of dropping me off and picking me up in the mornings.

Well, She didn’t keep the best hours and occasionally actually forgot to pick me up in the morning. So, due to that, I started walking home.

It took me about 40 minutes to walk the 1.25 miles. I had been up for 12 hours, carried a heavy tote bag, it was winter and I had several hills to climb between the group home and my house. But I did it.

That’s how I started walking. I could have put the blame on my daughter for missing her alarm and making me walk home, but I never did. Today, I see it as a blessing.

half marathon medal and walking shoes
My half marathon finisher’s medal for walking 13.1 miles.

You, see, now I’m able to say that I can walk 2 miles in 35 minutes after working an 8-hour shift (different job in a different location). Or, I’m able to walk 13.1 miles in 4 hours. Or, my best PR for a live 5K was 42 minutes. Or, best yet for me was the marathon walk I completed in June 2018 – 26.2 miles in 8 hours.

Yes, I have walked a lot of miles in the last four years. How many? I’m not keeping track, so I can’t really say. Besides, it’s not an important thing for me at this time.

What is important is the empowerment I feel when I slip in my walking sneakers. It’s like they’re asking “Which route are we taking today, Connie?” The feeling after a good walk is wonderful to me and there are times I don’t want to take off the sneakers too soon after, keeping them on just a bit longer.

I challenge you, what empowers you to walk, to move, to go forward? Do you have a special pair of walking sneakers? Is it a favorite tee shirt or sweatshirt? Or is it a hat that you love to wear? Maybe it’s something totally different, like a favorite singer or band that you enjoy listening to. Whatever it is, find it and grab it. That will be your starting point.

Obviously, you are here because you want to get walking, moving more, but a bit unsure of how to start, perhaps. Or possibly, you feel alone in your endeavors, lacking support. I’m here for you. I was once in your shoes.

Rest assured, I want to help you, be your guide, to be there every step of the way.

Now let’s get moving. It’s easy. Really, it is.

Go fetch you sneakers. Go take a walk. Be empowered. Feel empowered to walk. It doesn’t need to be far or for very long. Go around the block, down to the nearest street corner, to the local park perhaps. Listen to your body. You know what you are capable of.

There is no need to rush; it’s your pace, your steps. Just move. No one is going to judge you.

Remember: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu

Fetch your sneakers. I’ll see you back here.

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