February 11 – A 5K and my Yogi Bear-approved Day

Stay hydrated even if you have to carry a water bottle with you.

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  • 212 degrees Fahrenheit – Water boils.
  • 32 degrees Fahrenheit – Water freezes.
  • 84 degrees Fahrenheit – Tulsa’ Temperature Today.
  • 99.9 Fahrenheit Degrees – Cool song by Suzanne Vega.
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Good book by Ray Bradbury.

A pic-a-nicI call that Tempertrivia. It was a very warm day in Tulsa. A little breezy, but after all, it is Oklahoma where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain. We sure have some clean plains here in Oklahoma. The first thing I did this morning was to go to HairFX and get a haircut. Thanks, Betsy.

Next, Melissa and I got ready and walked three glorious miles in the neighborhood. And while we weren’t driving, we were still affected by the ever-present Tulsa road construction. 61st and Sheridan is a mess. Seriously, when will it end? There has been road construction within a mile of our house for the past four years. I’m really tired of it.

We navigated our way around the construction, easier than most Tulsa drivers I must say, and completed our non-record breaking 5K before 11 AM. I then had to come home and fix weekend breakfast, which consists of eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee.

If you thought we were done walking for the day, you’d be wrong. We went to Sam’s to gather items for our picnic. Sam’s is not as entertaining as Wal-Mart but pretty close at times. Hey, we have to take advantage of the good weather while it’s here you know. We bought some wine (Lindeman’s Bin 55 Shiraz/Cabernet), gathered our other items, and went to the park for our picnic and to read. Melissa read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, while I read through the latest copy of Writer’s Digest. I think we fell asleep for a few minutes.

There were lots of people at the park today. Families, couples, kids, squirrels, birds, and insects were all a-buzz with joy. I fed grapes to a woodpecker, which is my favorite bird just after the Cuckoo.

A good day. A good walk. Melissa and both stretched adequately and report no pain. The thing that we did not do is to hydrate appropriately. I found myself panting by the time we got back home and really needing something to drink. I didn’t realize how warm it was going to be on that walk. Stay hydrated even if you have to carry a water bottle with you.

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February 9 – The Evening After 21

Today, I decided to walk in the opposite direction to change things up a bit.

Stay the Course. NOT!So, we’re all tired from yesterday’s and yesterday evening’s activities. Just after writing this entry, I’m hitting the sack. Indigestion kept me awake last night, so I got almost no sleep. Today was a bit of a difficult stretch (pun not intended) for me and I was glad to come home, change, and knock out that 5K. Melissa put her’s to rest this morning at the mall. I’m going to give her a ‘Fanny Pack’ for Valentine’s Day so that she can fit in better with her fellow mall walkers. Shh.
I forgot to mention that while we were out, Walker and I saw one of his Elementary School Teachers: Ms. Comfort. She couldn’t believe that he was 21. It was great seeing her. Honestly, Salk Elementary had the finest group of teachers that I’ve ever known.  And I’m not kidding. They were the best. It’s almost as if we individually chose each one for our kids. We and our children were very blessed to have them.

The 5K was good. Today, I decided to walk in the opposite direction to change things up a bit. A few days ago I thought, “I need to go the opposite way to balance out the curves, bumps, and angles.” I don’t want to favor one side of my body over the other, so I went the other way around.

This might have been an error on my part because I got shin splints again because now the right to left angles have been left to right angles, and now the upward inclines are now downward, and I think you get the picture. I started to sound like Willy Wonka with that explanation when he described all the different directions that the Wonkavator could go.

Happy Valentine's Day Dear!So, I’m dealing with a bit of calf and shin muscle pain. Yes, I stretched but there was enough difference in the paths I took to make it hurt a bit. To relieve the pain, I jog. It helps. I’m finding that I can jog for longer bits now. Initially, I could only jog for maybe 100 paces, but now I can jog the length of an entire block–downhill of course, but still jog.

I think the trick to lessening the possibility of pain is to change up my route more often. I originally changed it daily because I hate repetition. I don’t know if that’s a flaw or a feature, but it is a fact. Sometimes I’ll change my path just before or even during a walk. I used to do the same thing when I mowed our yard. I mowed it different every single time. I’m beginning to think it’s a flaw. I’m not going to dwell on it, but I will note it for future research. Yeah, I’ll get right on that. In the future.

My advice for today is that you should vary your workouts. Change the time of day, change your pace, change your direction, change enough from day to day so that your body doesn’t have time to become accustomed to a routine. Anyone in the physical fitness business will tell you that your body adapts quickly to routines, which actually lowers the effectiveness of your exercise. How about that for some trivia? So, now I’m thinking that the changing my course thing is a positive move rather than a bad thing. Thank you stream of consciousness. I appreciate you.

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February 5 – The BOGO 5K

Walking a split 5K means that you’ll have to pause your workout while you eat, so don’t forget to do that.

Just Like I Like It.Melissa and I took a morning walk to Village Inn again for breakfast where we had the Chicken Fried Steak Skillet BOGO special. It’s two eggs any style, chunky potatoes, and two buttermilk pancakes. Yum. It’s definitely worth walking 1.65 miles to have it. Of course, the walk home is a bit more difficult. We didn’t finish our breakfasts because it’s more than we bargained for when we ordered.

It was a nice, slow pace walk–especially on the return trip. We made it and were glad that we did.

If you’re going to walk, eat, and then walk again, remember to allow yourself a little time after you eat to let your food ‘settle’. I don’t think it’s a good idea to hop up and continue a multi-mile walk on a full stomach. I don’t know that for sure, but it seems counterintuitive to do so. Rest a few minutes, drink two glasses of water, visit, and let that breakfast have time to digest. You don’t want cramps or side stitches or any other ailments resulting from trying to be athletic on a full tummy.

Walking a split 5K means that you’ll have to pause your workout while you eat, so don’t forget to do that. Please watch those intersections. It seems that every time we cross a street, we have a near miss or a “Wow” moment that makes me think that we need camera surveillance or a cop on every corner in this town.

I noticed that a pair of Melissa’s shoes are looking a little worn and I brought her attention to it. They aren’t all that old, but the soles are getting rubbed flat. I have written about how fast she walks before and her shoes are ‘living’ proof of it. She doesn’t clap her feet down like I do sometimes nor does she jog with that sliding jog step. I don’t know if that’s the proper description or not, but when some people jog, they land their feet in a scraping movement, which I believe is hard on their shoes and possibly not great form. My point is that, if your shoes are worn, you should think about replacing them and using the old ones for ‘everyday.’

As for stretching, Melissa likes Yoga. She watches some Australian lady on a Roku channel for it. She says that it stretches her muscles and relaxes her for a better workout. If I liked Yoga, I’d probably agree. My problem is that I just can’t do the moves. Even as a teenager, I couldn’t touch my toes and I’m certainly not going to attempt it now.

Drink a lot of water and, if you like, take some with you on your walk. It gets lighter as you walk, so it won’t be much of a burden to you.

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Ken’s Twitter: @kenhess

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