(An overcast day for the Woof Walk but the mountains are still beautiful with the clouds covering them.)
It was a dreary and overcast day for the Humane Society's Woof Walk, but that was okay. Unfortunately, I guess it wasn't okay for a lot of people. The turnout was terrible and because the Humane Society didn't do online and early registration, I bet a lot of people backed out at the last minute. I think there were less than 20 people at the walk. I think if they had people register online or even just locations that people could register at, I think a lot of people would have still participated even though the weather was yucky. Anyway, the walk was still fun. Actually it was more of a hike than a walk.
(Rhododendruns in bloom)
Before the official walk got started, I got there early to register because I thought a lot of people would be there. Registration started about an hour before the walk so I got there when registration started thinking I would have to wait in a line for a long time. But that wasn't the case. I got there right away and registered with about 45 minutes to an hour to spare. To make use of my time, I started walking early. I walked around and took some pictures of the park. This is my local community park. It's such a beautiful park with the mountains in the background, a pond with ducks and frisbee golf. The rhododendruns were in bloom so I took some pictures of them while I walked around.
(Before the walk got started)
Earlier in the morning, I got up and walked to the farmers market. But as you can see in my self portrait, I was clearly spending more time on things other than my appearance! I am not even sure if I brushed my hair. It looks terrible. Plus, the humid, rainy weather wasn't doing me any favors.
I have walked at the community park several of times before the Woof Walk but I have always stuck with the path that circles the park. I figured that would be what we would do for the Woof Walk too. But the walk had 2 paths that you could take. One of the paths was to circle the park like I have done before but the other route was to hike up into the woods and then come back into the park on the other side. I decided to go up into the woods since I had never done that before. I really wasn't expecting to get much of workout on this walk but I was pleasantly surprised once we started climbing up into the woods. It was a hike! It was also very beautiful back in the woods. Everything is green again so the woods looked like an enchanted forest. For about 5-10 minutes of the woods hike, you are climbing straight up at a pretty steep incline. Then once you get to the top, you start the descent back down to the other side of the park.
(Lovely sweat after the Woof Walk/Hike-you just thought I looked great in the before picture!)
As you can see, I worked up quite a sweat during the hike into the woods. I burned quite a few calories in a pretty short amount of time. I was so happy to discover this hike. I have been back 2 times since because it's such a calorie burner and because it feels like I am hiking without having to drive out to a hiking trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Below are two recent pictures of me. They don't have anything to do with the Woof Walk, but I wanted to include them maybe to show that I do occasionally wear something other than workout clothes and I do occasionally brush my hair! :) I am starting to feel good about the way I look. This is a foreign concept to me so it's taking a lot of time to get used to. But it's a very good feeling to feel comfortable in my own skin. That's one of the the best kinds of non-scale victories I could ever ask for.