I’ve always been directionally challenged. It seems that no matter how hard I try, directions just never come easy for me. My husband used to actually think I was just not trying…and then he really got to know me and realized that I truly can go somewhere 100 times and still manage to get lost or turned around. So naturally, moving to a new city after having over 15 years to learn my way around, was a little intimidating at first.
The first week I was in Portland, I was sooo reliant on GPS it was scary. I would GPS to walk to the grocery store, to go back and forth to yoga classes and everything in between. After a lot of GPS’ing, I realized the only way I would start to learn my way around is on my feet. I knew it was time to get out and start running the city.
It’s weird but if I run somewhere, I’ll remember how to get there and back so much better than if I drive. It’s almost like running makes my senses better and helps me stay more alert and aware of where I am. After only two runs from downtown to my house, I’ve got it down. I feel like I could run anywhere downtown and find my way home, no problem. Time to run more places, I suppose. Look out Portland, because here I come! 😉
I also use this strategy when I travel. I love to get out and run so I can feel more secure with where I’m going and how I’m going to get there – whether if its for vacation, a conference or anything else – any time spent on my feet is productive!
Now that I’ve started running, I have a feeling I’ll start knowing my way around this city in no time.
Happy #TBT Thursday y’all. Here’s one of my very favorite TBTs with one of my very favorite people. Enjoy…and as always…
Stay sweaty friends.