Tits and Teeth

The weather is slowly becoming Springlike, the crocus’ and snowdrops are beginning to peep through the damp earth, bringing colour to what has otherwise been  muddy brown walks, since I started my training for Kilimanjaro. I am happy with my progress, gradually building up the length of my tri-weekly walks, from 3 miles to 5-6 miles.

I have lived in this area of the world for just short of 11 years now, and I have not really appreciated the beauty that I have on my back doorstep. Without having to jump in a car, I can walk out of my front door and walk through a park with lots of trees, across golf courses, down the banks of rivers and along beaches, with views of the Isle of Arran, which sits just a few miles of the coast of South West Scotland. We are truly blessed in this part of the world.

Now happy as I was with my walking progress, I knew that I needed to do something about my cardio-vascualr fitness levels. I hate gyms with their treadmills, rowing machines and static bikes, and I get bored with exercise classes, so I am extremely happy to have discovered Nordic Walking. Today I went for a taster session, with a lovely lady, Karen, (who incidentally calls me a Miracle Worker, but that’s another blog) who took us through our paces, getting us to swing arms in harmony with our feet, whilst holding poles. The order is to bring your shoulders back and smile as you go, or  “tits and teeth”. We were so blessed with the weather today too, which came as a surprise, as the forecast was for rain and wind! It was glorious, the sun was shining and the wind had blown off somewhere else, to blow sand in somebody else’s face. Which is just as well as sand in your teeth is never a good taste!

1st Nordic walk on Ayr beach

Judging by this photo, thank you Gail, I have a little way to go, to get my head up, shoulders back and smile. Maybe I will do a better job on Tuesday, when I am signed up to go again.

Namaste

 

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