One day I decided to walk to work; it seemed simple, I wasn’t going to run that day, and it was a good way to spend some time outside before and after spending eight hours inside. It also seemed like the logical way to avoid a parking ticket; those Parking Security dudes really get passionate/ridiculously meticulous about their job.
One day it’s Fall & sunny, the next it’s snowing & slightly chilly. Either way, my commute-on-foot keeps things interesting…
Then I tried something else; I took the bike to work. Glorious! Speeding down the street with the sun shining; it was much quicker than walking (obviously) and takes about the same amount of time as driving. A gas-saving, Vitamin D-creating, muscle-moving commute style! I’m hooked.
Now, anytime I head out, I reach for the bike lock and/or my running shoes. If the keys are in my hand, it’s either raining (I do snow, not rain) or more than 10 miles away (I do have some limits).
One of my favorite aspects of city-living has always been Walkability. I love the ability to Walk to a coffee shop, book store, restaurant, grocery store (Whole Foods proximity here is borderline dangerous), park, job, trail, etc.
Moving from a metro, city & trail-accessible location in DC to the suburbs of Denver was something of a culture shock for this girl. To be back in the midst of things, able to get to my job on foot instead of via I-25, explore the neighborhood to find little gems within a few blocks, ride to a Yoga class, and/or run around a park or on a trail has me back to normal.
We moved into the city of Denver about four weeks ago; I filled up my car with gas for the first time (since the move) on Sunday. Flashback to October: I filled up the tank at least once a week, commuting to/from the suburbs. Needless to say, my bank account is thrilled and my legs are happy with the extra attention!
Are you able to commute by foot?
Once I realized how easy it was, there was no turning back! It’s that much more time I get to spend outside every day, my legs moving & my car keeping its fuel.
What’s got you on-the-move lately?
Aside from increasing my time in Yoga (and Loving it), I’ve finally gone to some group runs! Saturday was a “Dash & Dine” experience; 5 miles on the trail followed by brunch with the runners. Last night, a smaller group of us headed out in the dark (after an insane out-0f-nowhere rain storm) for some miles around the park. It was exactly what I needed; a fun group, a buddy that’s slightly faster than me, and people that still meet when it’s cold & wintery!