Walk this Way

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Isaiah 30:21

I’m sixty, and I haven’t really run anywhere, intentionally at least, for a good thirty years. Maybe longer.

I did run for a while in college and a little while after. Then life, and pounds, happened. I’d like to think I can run again. But, I know, at my current weight, that’s not an option.

I’m working on that. That’s another post. And a few more trips to the gym.

While I don’t run I can, and do, walk. I endeavor to walk most days at lunchtime. Weather permitting and all that fun stuff.

So, yesterday I did something radical.

I signed up to walk in the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K this coming April.

Stop laughing.

I’ve done this before. Three times, I think. I’ve missed the last few years. One I think maybe because of injury. The other because of scheduling.

But, I”m back.

I hope I can make all six miles.

Six. Miles.

They say (whoever they are) that walking is a good exercise for senior citizens.

Yes, I just called myself a senior citizen. Bring me my damn discounts.

I digress.

So, walking it is. I’m also back the gym attempting to swim when I can. I can swim if I’m there. It’s the getting there that I’m attempting.

So, I figure I have…what?…three months to build up the stamina to make this race.

And to develop a playlist.

I got in trouble the last time when I used a Broadway playlist. It’s hard to walk a straight line to West Side Story (there’s more in that sentence than I intended).

But, as a choreographer friend said…”It’s the snaps, isn’t it?”


Here I am, at sixty (I think we’ve established that), entering a race.

Okay, I’m not racing with anyone except myself.

But, I’m doing this.

It’s about being my age and attempting to do something you know you can do. Would I like to think I could run it one day? Sure.

Am I worried about that for this April?

Not so much.

That’s all for now.

I need to go shopping for shoes.

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