H Town Run Tourist
How walking helped me beat the blues
Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @TourismGymHtx. Facebook @TourismGymHtx
If you are anything like me, you are tired of reading about protein powder and supplements. After ruminating all week on my column, I decided to tell you how my week went last week. Here goes. I hope you also enjoy the pictures that I took.
All week, I have been feeling kind of weepy. You know when your friends don't seem like your friends. All of a sudden, your regular bar doesn't know your name. It feels like every thing was crashing in. (For the sake of not leaving out my male readers, I'll spare you the reason).
Let me tell you what happened:
1. Due to lack of preparation, I fell off my meal plan AGAIN.
2. I was almost embarrassed to tell someone about Houston Tourism Gym because I didn't want to see the sarcastic "You own a gym? face."
3. One of my friends asked which awesome race that I was doing this year and I had to give her last year's list.
I almost let it get me. I almost believed what it was telling me until I had the thought to go on one of my really cool 6 mile walks in Houston. This one was just for me. My brain asked me, "Do you really think you have the energy for this? You got that thing later." You know what? I'm doing this. So, I put one foot in front of the other and just started to move.
As I walked, I paid attention to my thoughts. I troubleshooted them when I saw then veering in the wrong direction. When I came to stairs, I ran up them. When I came to a hill, I ran up it. I also allowed myself to stop and take a picture or write a profound thought in my phone. By the end, do you know what happened? I got to see myself for who I am really am. I am ALIVE. So, let's try again!