Week 4 Day 5 03/04/2011
 
Today was it!!! I didn't have any pressing thing keeping me in the house, I had to run errands anyway, and it's beautiful outside. Probably not more than 40 or 45, and chilly in the shade, but nothing but lovely blue skies and puffy white clouds. No wind. The very definition of mild. So I knew I had to do it. I had to walk at least two miles, and more if I thought I could handle it. 

First things first, though. I went to the post office to apply for a new passport. So I'm one step closer to England now.  I do have the tendency to sabotage myself and I could sense I was doing that with the whole passport thing, putting it off and putting it off and trying not to think about it. I felt I had a valid excuse--the $150 it costs isn't chump change! But at the same time, I didn't want to let this chance, the thing I'm working for, slip through my fingers. So I resolved today would be the day and off I went to get it done. 

Then it was on to the park. I figured this would be the best place to push for my two miles because it's basically flat and I wouldn't have to deal with speeding traffic trying to kill me. Mostly. Plus it's really nice there and I like to see who else is out running/walking/biking/etc. 

As per usual, my leg started to tighten around 3/4 of a mile and stayed tight for awhile after that. I paused to stretch it a few times, but didn't stop to rest. After about a mile and a half, it loosened up a bit and for awhile I was comfortable, listening to puke, feeling pretty pleasant. But as I got closer to my car, my feet got really tired. Fortunately my blister/callus wasn't an issue. In fact, the bottoms of my feet didn't feel tender at all, but my ankles are tired now. In general I feel a bit tired. 

I realized one of the really nice things about walking is that I just walk. I don't get much thinking done. I don't dwell on problems. My mind doesn't race and race and race. It's really, really nice. 

Jasie says that this is no longer the "beginning of things" and I'm through the most tedious part. I don't know if that's entirely true, but I feel really proud of myself today. When I started this, three miles at once seemed utterly impossible. I don't know if I could do three miles again tomorrow, but I'm almost positive I can do two. 

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 1:07:00. 
 


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