Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Not a Runner
I use to run. I use to run all the time. I jogged before it was popular. I ran just for the pure enjoyment of running. It seemed like I could never really get tired.
"I use to" is the operative phrase here. I can't run for any great distance anymore without great pain in my knees and ankles. Every once in a while I'll try sprinting and, though it feels great at the time, I pay a big price the next day with soreness and limping. It really pisses me off because I miss running. I sometimes have dreams of running at night.
So what to do? Walking is boring and really doesn't get my heart rate going much...unless I do that weird speed walk duck waddle thing, and that isn't happening. Swimming is good but somewhat impracticable since I have to go to where a pool is located and open.
A bicycle was my answer. I bought a fairly cheap on at a discount store. Nothing fancy, but it suits my needs. As I've mentioned before, there are miles and miles of walking/biking trails close to my house. It also includes miles and miles of back woods trails that I really enjoy riding through. Lots of fresh air, trees, critters, and mud.
Oh yeah, the mud. Love the mud.
Feels like I'm 8 years old again.