Monthly Archives: September 2018

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I’m hard on my equipment.

I walked 28.2 miles so far this week. (It will be 30 by the end of the week.) This included 7.6 miles yesterday. What is not too surprising that in the process my rollator is showing signs of stress again. (It probably didn’t help that it was a mucky week.) I have a reputation for shredding ball bearings. I am very grateful to T, aka my pit crew, who says “keep going, we will fix it.”

One of the great things about my current rollator is that we can get parts.

 

Good Equipment

A friend once told me that people who live in really snowy places say that there is no bad weather, only bad equipment.  So? In honor of a wet week, I want to talk about walking in the rain.  I am still doing the step challenge. That means that I generally don’t except rides, or taxis or anything else besides my feet, even if it’s raining. I don’t do umbrellas. I really never was comfortable with umbrellas, even before I started to use my hands to reach for support. I have “the best raincoat on the planet.” It only really fails me in a downpour.  When in doubt bring it with me, because the difference between success and failure in a sudden storm, is whether or not I have my coat.
I also have a very beaten up Vera Bradley quilted backpack, that my sister gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. What I didn’t know I needed. A quilted backpack soaks up a certain amount of water before it starts to truly leak.
So I have good equipment, but I really hope it stops raining sometime soon. I feel soggy.

Walking is my medicine

 Sept 12 is the launch date for  CUNY Steptember Challenge.
I jumped right into it, because I regularly walk 4-5 miles a day, and it will be interesting to carry my phone consistently and see how far I really do walk.  Walking is for me a primary wellness practice. I learn and grow emotionally and spiritually while putting one foot in front of the other.  Often when I get to wherever I am going, I have insights that I need to write down.  I also think that it keeps me as well as I can be. All my body systems respond  to the rhythm of the road. I require fresh air and sunshine.
It’s also transportation. A short list of places I go in my hometown (which is why it takes six months to wear shoes out):
  • The Diner
  • Church
  • The Public Library
  • The Neighborhood Drugstore
  • The Grocery Store
  • The Train Station
  • The Farmers Market
  • The Post Office
  • Doctor’s Office

So?  I recommend walking.

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