So I have a new distance best since I’ve started training again. I walked over eight miles yesterday! Whoot! I’m actually quite proud of that, because since my shoes got all wonky from over-use, I haven’t been able to really do my distance training for fear of injuring my foot worse than it already was. I’ve only been able to do some maintenance miles to see to it I keep up with my exercise, but I haven’t really been able to expand on my distance.
After I got home last night, out of curiosity I checked out my mileage log to see the last time I did some distance. I was thinking it was only a couple of weeks ago. WRONG! It was the end of December! Almost a month! Whoa–I didn’t realize it had been that long. So I was way overdue to do some distance.
I did a couple of shorter walks this week after I got my shoes–a four miler and a couple of miles here and there, just to break my new shoes in a bit. But yesterday I was feeling good, it was a beautiful sunny day, and I thought why not?
(If you look at the difference between the two pairs of shoes, it looks like somebody took a magic wand and went *POOF!* and made the old shoes new again. I wish I could do that! It would save me lots and lots o’ money, let me tell you!)
I can tell it’s been almost a month since I’ve done some more serious mileage. My hip was pretty sore and my muscles are sore today. But I’m pretty happy with it! Only one small blister, and I think that’s not too bad, since I wanted to see how I would do with a thinner pair of socks this time around. Next time I’ll wear thicker socks and I don’t think that will be an issue so much. That and the moleskin. I need to buy stock in that or something.
During my walk yesterday, though, I got a hug from a stranger! That was pretty cool. I was walking and a woman was waiting for the bus. By this time it was dark, and I was walking along 82nd, which is pretty well lit by the streetlights. Anyway, she saw me walking and started following me. She finally caught up with me after a bit and matched my stride and asked me if I missed the bus. I said no, I was just walking because I wanted to and that I had already walked over six miles. She asked why so far and whether I did that every day, and I explained to her that I was training. She asked me what for and I told her about the trip I was planning. Her eyes just got really big with amazement and she flashed a beautiful smile that just warmed my heart!
We chatted for a bit as we walked together for several blocks. Instead of taking the bus to where she was going to transfer, she instead walked with me the distance to where the bus would have met up with her transfer and she stopped then. I thought that was pretty neat that she did that. I don’t recall exactly what she said her name was. Miranda? Dangit, I wish I was better with names. Anyway, as a parting goodbye, I gave her my information about the blog so she could follow it and she gave me a hug, which I didn’t expect at all.
I suppose I ought to get used to it, eh?