I walked the Jim Green Trail in Atascadero for the second time Thursday. I accidentally took a little shortcut at the top but I still feel I did a decent job of it. I was not in pain.
There is no question in my mind that my surroundings have a dramatic effect on how well I do physically. When I walk on the sidewalks and next to the railroad tracks near where I live I do not find the surroundings particularly stimulating. I focus too much on how I feel and think about how I am going to feel on the way back home. When I do a hike through a beautiful area I almost forget I have legs. Instead I am looking up, over, away, I am hearing birds and feeling breezes, I am stopping to say hi to an occasional dog. I can go a lot longer and feel a lot less pain.