Today I decided I would do what I should have done yesterday: put on my flood boots and walk instead of run. Then I thought I could write a Pedestrian Post. For one reason, I realized after I hit Publish that I did not even mention the weather yesterday and it was WONDERFUL! I should have waxed rhapsodic on nature’s Preview of Coming Attractions. OK, I have never waxed rhapsodic in my life, but I have always wanted to use that phrase in a sentence.
I second-guessed myself a I left work, because the walk to the parking lot was so dry and bare. If the sidewalks of Herkimer were similar to that, I would feel bad for not running. Then I thought there would probably be plenty of ice and puddles to walk through. I was right.
The weather was even a little warmer than yesterday’s mid-40s. Oh, it felt good. I really, truly believed that spring is coming and will get here, and that is something that is often hard to believe in the middle of February. I had on a raincoat and my crazy old lady hat. I put a knitted headband in my pocked in case my ears got cold. On the other hand (in fact, in the other pocket), I also carried my prescription sunglasses, in case it got too sunny. Neither was needed, but I like to be prepared.
Right in front of my house was one of the iciest, puddliest patches. That happens sometimes when you shovel a narrow path between snow banks, but what else can I do? We are supposed to keep our sidewalks reasonably clear. I try to at least do a shovel-width. I walked slowly and carefully and was happy to get to a snowier patch further on. I like walking in the snow. I used to hate it, when I was always walking to get somewhere, sliding back a little for each step forward. Now I appreciate the extra effort, because it may burn a few more calories.
I did not look around a whole lot at the scenery while I walked, because I had to be careful where I stepped. I did not bring the Tablet to take pictures, because I felt there was too great a chance of me dropping it in a puddle. I am quite clumsy. So I guess that makes this a kind of a boring Pedestrian Post. Sorry about that.
I walked for 35 minutes and feel pretty good about exercising two days in a row. I’m going to go for three, and try to make it a daily habit. I think it is good for me. Eventually I hope to have more energy, so I can have more Mohawk Valley adventures, and write better blog posts. I hope you’ll stay tuned.