my morning walks

Screen Shot 2017-01-10 at 1.43.31 PM i have become a grandma.  ok, not literally, but you’ll see what i mean, and i’m sure you’ll agree with me…

i go on a walk by myself every morning, listen to the news, and drink my coffee.  just like my parents, who go on a walk together nearly every single morning (its quite adorable).  am i forcing myself to get old?!


{adorable leggings from gray monroe}

here’s the deal: i have been neglecting myself for a long time, in terms of exercise.  years back, i kind of got into running, and even ran a half marathon.  then proceeded to (basically) never run again.  i had a goal, met it, then realized i really never enjoyed running.  you know that high that runners talk about?  i’ve felt it exactly two times.  i would try running again off and on throughout the years, but never stuck with it because i disliked it so much.  but for me, it is the most logical form of exercise – i can do it from my house, i don’t need any special equipment, and its essentially free.  my other road block to exercise has been childcare, but now that my kids are a little older (13, 11, and 9), i can leave them for shorter periods of time to get out for some exercise.

but walking works for me. i’ve stuck to a consistent exercise routine for over 6 months now.  my biggest challenge was changing my sleeping habits.  to be consistent, i really didn’t want to leave my kids alone every day midday, so i get up before them, and try to be back before they are up.  now if you have babies, this may not be possible, but eventually your time will come.  i really never thought it would, but look!  here it is!  my time has come!  so i try to go to bed each night by 10, which is a huge change from the days when i ran my shop, and i’d stay up way past midnight most nights.  i get up around 5:45, start the coffee, do my devotional (new morning mercies by paul david tripp), get dressed and am out the door close to 6.


the details:

when i go: early morning, 6ish.  i have recently lengthened my walks, so i try to get out of the house by 6 so i can be back before the kids get up.  thankfully, my kids are rarely up before 7 these days.  i walk at least 6 days a week. sometimes i go later if i’m able – i hate walking in the dark!

what i wear:  weather depending.  on colder days, sweats, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt and sometimes a jacket.  an earwarmer/headband or a beanie with a ponytail hole.  gloves.

what i bring: headlamp (in the winter), coffee, phone, earbuds

what i listen to: the world & everything in it (podcast), happy hour with jamie ivey (podcast), reclaiming conversation (book – long but so good)

apps i use: weather (to check the temp before i get dressed), podcasts, strava (to track my time and distance)

why i do it: mental health, time alone, exercise, the sunrises

to elaborate a bit more on “why i do it”, a big part of it really is for my mental health.  i really like time alone.  really.  i don’t like it all day long, because i get lonely (which seems quite contradictory), but i need a good dose of time to myself each day.  time for me to just be quiet, or zone out, or pray, and not answer any questions – its huge.  occasionally, i’ll chat on the phone with my BFF while i walk if we won’t get a chance to see each other that week.  if i’m dedicating so much time each day to this time alone, i may as well stack and make it exercise, too.  i can easily just walk for an hour, but i decided to start pushing myself more and really make it count as exercise, too.  using strava really helps me to monitor that because i can see what my pace is and if i need to move along a little faster.  but really, one of the biggest reasons i walk early every morning is for the sunrises.  i am a firm believer that God reveals himself in nature and his glory is undeniable when you see the sunrise.  each day it is so different and filled with colors streaking across the sky or moody with layers of greys.  either way, if you don’t catch it at the right time, you miss it.  and without fail, i wish i wasn’t alone because that glory is something that we all naturally want to share with each other.  i almost always audibly gasp and make myself laugh at what a dork i am.


i did a little research to support my love for walking vs. running.  basically, running is better (darnit) and produces benefits faster, but in the long run (no pun intended) can be harder on your body.  for walking to be a legitimate form of exercise, you really should go for an hour at a 13 minute mile pace.  my pace tends to be more in the 14 minute per mile range, but i am working to speed up a bit.  here’s a great article to give time/speed/calorie burn breakdowns that i found really helpful.


here’s some of my favorite gear i use: leggings (with hip pockets), warm gloves, long sleeve top, sweatshirt, beanienike flex experience run 4

so what about you, do you exercise?  what do you like to do?  i have visions of going to yoga or a barre class with my girl friends, but i think we’d be too loud and goofy and get kicked out…

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  i’ve been blogging for over 9 years and doing this specific weekly post for over 6, but if you’re new here, here’s the gist:  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!  i’m not fancy, my pictures aren’t great, and i don’t spend a ton of money on clothes.  this is a casual thing, just meant to encourage women to simply get dressed!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

date night (thursday?) and sunday for church

sweater – forever 21 {similar} //  pink moto pants – zara {similar} // wedge ankle boots – kork ease //  necklace – lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

monday – kids at school, work at thrift store, errands, work at home

hooded moto jacket – thirfted {new, by free people} // t-shirt – h&m {similar} // jeans – forever 21 {similar} // converse – nordstrom // earrings – banana republic (on sale!)

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