I find autumn / winter hard for walking. Trying to fit in being a mother, and full time work, is hard enough – but doing it in drastically less daylight and potentially worse weather just complicates matters.
But, I’m determined to get back into the habit – somehow. I’m realistic that I likely won’t get as many gorgeous bush walks. They take time to get to, and I’m not surefooted enough or experienced enough (yet!) to feel comfortable doing them in the dark.
My main options for walking at the moment are to:
- Go in the morning before I leave for work – before sunrise most days in autumn / winter.
- Go in the evening after the other half is home to look after children – always after dark in autumn / winter
- Go in the early evening with all the kids, and likely dog, in tow. Likely get daylight, but might not equal that much success in actually walking.
- Sneak a quick walk in between leaving work and arriving home.
Today I did the last option – stopped at a park near home and did a quick circle.
Parrs Park is my ‘local’ park. I love it because it has both paved and gravel trails, and can do a short loop around the fields, or a slightly longer loop around the fields and out into the creek area, with less people and more open spaces. I also love it as a main walking partner of mine is now my year old golden retriever, and the area out the back by the stream is an off-lead dog area. Thus it’s great for both of us getting exercise!
I had a maximum of 30 minutes and did one extended loop – from the playground, around the sports fields, and around the dog area. No time for more than that – but still achieved around 3,500 steps and approximately 2.5 km.
I love the fall colours at this time of year. So much of New Zealand – or at least Auckland – stays green year round, but the changing colour of the leaves completely makes the season for me.
The dog park area – with a looping gravel path, plenty of trees and foliage to sniff, and large open spaces to run and chase toys.