Oof... proof that I am not a spring chicken anymore
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Yesterday I decided to go for a walk in town. I also made a date with my brother (not the one currently dealing with health issues) to go to lunch at a new restaurant that recently opened up. I drove into town and parked the car in visitor parking on the college campus. I was a little over 3 hours early for our lunch... so I decided to walk for the 3 hours. Why not? Right?
I ended up walking for just under 3 hours, covering 8.33 miles. Not my fastest walk ever, but I wasn’t aiming for speed, but rather for endurance. I guess I met my aim, lol! I even stopped to chat for a minute with my SIL, as she was out walking too, as our paths just happened to cross
After my walk I picked my brother up from work and we went to the restaurant. I got the lobstah roll. Oh goodness was it good! I hope this restaurant manages to stay in business, because their food is pretty wonderful. My brother got their Ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. And he thoroughly enjoyed his meal as well. I made the mistake of ordering a Sprite though... I haven’t had a regular soda in years, normally I only drink seltzer water. The soda was sickly sweet to my tastebuds, and the consistency was thick and slightly slimy.
After lunch I drove home, and walked the dogs ( because of course I needed to walk some more... chuckle). And then dad and I took the dogs out for their evening walk a couple hours later. Over 11 miles for my mileage for the day! I was feeling pretty good about it. And then... my ankles started protesting the amount of exercise after I had been in bed for about 4 hours. I woke to painful ankles, painful enough that I had to get up and take some ibuprofen. I have osteoarthritis in both my ankles and knees. Usually it’s the knees that give me trouble after a long walk. I almost prefer the knee pain rather than ankle pain. Neither is much fun though. As little as 5 years ago I could have walked twenty miles in a day with very little pain or stiffness as a result. I guess this proves that I am no longer the proverbial spring chicken. I think of myself as being young still. But my body likes to remind me that I am almost 50 years old, lol. And it likes to let me know that it will no longer used and abused with overactivity or inactivity. It has only been about 6 weeks since I decided to do longer walks because the weather was changing (no more ice!), and I am pushing myself a mite bit harder than I ought to right out of the gate. So far the result of the fast restart has merely been achy, stiff joints ... which I can deal with with equanimity. Part of the problem might be my shoes. I usually wear orthotics, but I am due for a new pair, as my old pair are pretty worn. I am scheduled for my new sneakers at the end of May. I am awaiting their arrival with bated breath. (I am hoping insurance pays for them! It has before...)
I am waiting up for the ibuprofen to start to kick in. Getting older is not for sissies, lol.