Yesterday, it was more than 6 miles at the U.S. Senior Open. I can only imagine how far a professional golfer walks in a lifetime! Watching these guys play is amazing. OLD GUYS RULE! Apparently, Kirk Triplett won the day with a 62, eight under par. He even had an eagle on the 4th hole! That is amazing and I wish I had been there to witness that one. There’s no way to see everything when you watch live… We actually came to see John Daly (We love watching him!) but he had to pull out the day before due to a shoulder injury. So, we had to decide who to watch… We paid the most attention to Couples, Jimenez, Watson and Faldo.
The course was absolutely gorgeous. It was played at Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA. Apparently, they did a huge renovation of the course to prepare to host. And, you could tell. It was in a wooded area, almost like it was cut out of the forest, and it looked so serene.
We were surprised that more people weren’t there. Hopefully, that will change for the final three days. There are things I would do differently if I was running it… like better marketing, improved food, etc. But, they really are relying on a lot of volunteers. So, overall it was well-done.
Somehow, I’m very into sports. I always laugh and say that I was my dad’s boy because he only had my sister and me. But, although she may not be as hardcore as I can get, my sister is also a sports fan. So, if you like sports, golf is a fun event to see and, heck, you get your walking in for sure! You don’t need to be a golfer to join in. But, girls, make sure you have a very small purse (6×6 max) and dress to be in the sun all day. Some people were wearing heels. Don’t be that girl. Think about walking on grass in heels all day… Enough said!
Charles River Trail
Bunny on the Charles
The Charles River trail is one of the best places to walk! It’s a piece of beautiful restored nature in the middle of the city. I start where I live in Waltham and I’m able to get to the trail very quickly. Some say it’s boring to walk the same trail all the time. I totally disagree. The trail is never the same — you see different things every single time you walk it. A trail that you know also has huge advantages — you know how far you’ve gone and you figure out what’s around if you need anything. It’s easy to get off the trail on the Charles, to do whatever you want. The other thing I really like is the surface. When you walk every day, you just can’t do pavement 100% of the time. The Charles is also safe because there are plenty of other people walking, running and biking. I always appreciate whoever I see — they are out in nature getting exercise. It’s my tribe!
Today, I saw a bunny on the trail. The first time I saw one, it freaked me out. We sure didn’t have them in Hawaii and I didn’t see them when living in Washington or Oregon. The only place I saw bunnies all over was in New Zealand. It only scared me because I was so surprised. They usually just hop in the grass by the trail and stay far away from me, but today this bunny let me get really close. I didn’t magnify the photo at all. Later, at the bar (yes, of course I go to the bar!) I was telling a friend that I couldn’t believe the bunnies on the trail. He grew up in the area and said that he never remembered seeing them as a kid, but definitely started to see a lot more about 5 years ago or so. They aren’t taking over in the areas I see them (unlike the geese!) but it’s easy to spot them on the trail. I’m new to this part of the world, so I don’t have an opinion on them yet…
I know the Charles meanders all the way to Boston. I haven’t gone that far yet (that’s a long walk one way, so I’d need to Uber back.) For now, I try to go a little farther every time I walk the trail. Just increasing your typical walk a little bit each time makes a difference. Soon, you are adding miles to your walk. I use a FitBit and when it vibrates for my 10,000 steps, I’m super happy. There’s that little celebration that goes on in your head (or sometimes out loud when I have a walking partner) and you want to start happy dancing. I hope you all feel the same way. Make sure you thank yourself for making exercise a priority!
I absolutely LOVE visiting college campuses. They are a perfect place to walk trails, hills, stairs… Yesterday, I visited Bentley University. It was established in 1917, so they had signs all over about the 100 years of Bentley. They also had a brilliant marketing campaign. I went into the cafe to get a water and attached to all of the napkin holders were small signs that announced “100 things” to love about Bentley. 100 years of history is a big deal and I was happy to see that Bentley was celebrating!
The campus was really alive (being it was a summer evening.) They had admissions events going on and the basketball courts were being used for some kind of camp. I was also very impressed when I looked at the website from my cell phone — it’s a respected business school!
The campus was gorgeous and they were in the middle of construction, which is a very good sign for the future of the university. If you are in Waltham, MA, I would definitely recommend walking Bentley. And, I will be telling kids I know in other states to take a look because Bentley just may be exactly what they are looking for.
I’d love to hear about the campuses you have walked. It is worth researching and getting out there to take a stroll.
Amazing that my first post is on the longest day of the year. Often a day of change and renewal, it’s a great day to get out and walk. Just knowing that you have the most time you’ll have all year feels fantastic. Many people got out to see the sunrise and, although I didn’t do that, I wasn’t in a rush today. I stopped to “smell the roses.”
We can make every day feel like the longest day of the year. Build in these five tactics to make every day longer:
- Get up with the sun… Experiment with keeping your windows uncovered when you go to bed, so you can actually feel the sun when it rises. Let that warm, bright feeling propel you into the day.
- Move in the morning… Forget the coffee. Try to get out of the house and move as a new ritual. As you walk, you’ll gain more energy. You’ll feel amazing and will also gain some spunk for everything you have to do during the day.
- Take breaks during the day and feel the sun… Whatever you’re doing, take a 5 minute break to go outside, close your eyes and look up at the sun. Feel the warmth on your face. Focus on your breath and bask in the sun. Try to let your stress fall away and prepare to go back to your life feeling relaxed and renewed.
- Eat light… Eat nourishing foods that are light and healthy. Think fruits, veggies, fish. These foods will prevent you from feeling full and keep you light on your feet.
- Walk more than you normally would… Take an evening stroll and move longer than you usually do. Take a new route or explore further than you normally do. When you finally go inside for the night, feel good about the dark. You may enjoy the light, but the stars shine in the night to show you the way.