So, it has been a hot, very hot, minute since I’ve written in this blog. I know this. Truth is, we’ve not been walking and when we did, it was for just a bit and all the places we’d been before. Nothing new and nothing to talk about. But, I realized that this isn’t the point. The point is about health first and foremost. It doesn’t matter how little we walk or if we’ve been there. It’s a combination of chronicling, exploring, health, and personality. We may get lucky and hit all those points in a week, but we know we won’t for the most part. We need to write and be accountable for the job we set out to do, right? I think so.
Another thing is that with the weather so unbearably hot during the summer, in conjunction with me playing gigs on Friday nights, it was miserable to get up and walk in those conditions. So, we didn’t. And, we won’t. But, now, the weather is cooling down and fall is coming. We can get back to business. Even in the winter, it’s not too bad. We can always add layers. That’s what we’ll do. Summers, though? Nah.
Well, today we started our comeback. or at least our reentry into the lifestyle. We were determined to just get our “walking legs” back under us and that’s what we did. And, if we were going to do that, why not do it in one of our favorite places in town? Why not do it in one of this city’s most famous gems? Why not Old Salem Museum and Gardens? Why not indeed…?
Stephanie and I have tried to do the “10k by 10a” since I realized it was much easier to walk in the morning when it was cooler and before our day was interrupted with misery. We found that it was easier to do that and the misery was to a minimum. But, we also know that in these early stages or re-entry, 10,000 steps is a lot to throw on my large body. We have to, as I said earlier, ease back into it. I’m writing this post at 1:18 pm on Saturday and as of now, we’re sitting at just under 5000 steps. I think that was an honorable start. We will get closer or upwards of 7500 by the end of the day, I feel.
We parked at the parking lot of the Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem. Spent a little time talking with a few of the vendors, including Gnomestead Hollow and the Official Pickle Sponsor of The Less Desirables, Niki’s Pickles. We walked up to Main Street and walked north, where Stephanie dispensed some knowledge of Old Salem to some wonder wanderers. We went through one of the twin alleys over to God’s Acre and then turned south on Church Street back to Race Street and then back up to West Street where we turned, well, west and back to our vehicle.
We left there and drove to Trade Street where we had breakfast at Mary’s Gourmet Diner, our Official Carb Loader. We then rode to Underdog Records and spent some time with some of our record collecting pals. So, it’s still early in the day and I will have some steps in from record washing and just walking about. It wasn’t 10k steps but it’s a great start, we believe.
Thank you to Omega Sports for the awesome Brooks shoes and Thorlos socks. You can get all your walking equipment needs at Omega Sports. They are the sports hook up for the everyday active types. Thank you to Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Twin City Hive and Hoots Beer Company for sponsoring us and caring about our best health.
Go out there and explore our city!
Until next time, get to steppin’!!