Walk 14: Old man running

Today was somewhat interesting. I did not head out for my walk/run until about 4 p.m., which is on the late side for the weekend. As a result there were more people out and aboot and at first I was annoyed, then I realized it wasn’t a big deal and by the time I was running everything else melted away, as it should.

This was my second walk/run since my birthday and if you told me at age 20 that I would be running regularly at age 56 I would have laughed politely at your attempt to make a joke. But here I am, feeling totally smug and superior to the 20 year old version of me that was just starting to develop a belly that would expand and hang around for the next 22 years.

Conditions were similar to the last outing, though the wind was back to normal. I wasn’t sure how peppy I’d feel running but I turned in two km with a pace of 5:35/km for each, which is pretty good. Although I can still feel the left heel a bit, it has faded to where it’s not really registering, nor do I think it is keeping me from running as I normally would. This is also pretty good.

It started to sprinkle just a tiny bit on the last stretch when I was walking back home, and in a way I was disappointed to not experience a little shower, if only to feel manly or something for exercising regardless of the weather.

The running part meant my pace dropped from 7:50/km to 7:35/km, a nice improvement. Pretty good, one might say. I’ll try to get out again tomorrow. The forecast looks not bad at all, but we are entering the time where the weather can get a bit tricksy (observe today’s temperature and note that two weeks ago it was 30ºC.


Walk 14
Average pace: 7:35/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.53 km
Time: 57:11
Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 14ºC
Humidity: 77%
Wind: light
BPM: 129
Weight: 171.6 pounds
Total distance to date: 107.18 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

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