"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anaïs Nin
As often happens when I travel by air, I woke up with swollen glands and a sore throat yesterday morning. Nonetheless, it was so beautiful outside, that we decided to go for our longer run. I knew it might be difficult for me as my lungs are my figurative Achilles' heel (any minor cold symptom has an immediate impact on my lung capacity). We had 9K planned, but we ended up doing 6K (fatigue and time ended up being an issue as we had dinner guests arriving soon). Still, the weather was definitely beautiful (6°C/43°F) and I was able to run without a jacket. Yay!
I did wear a headband, but this is post-run so it was in my hand.
Today, I decided it was probably best that I not run, because I can't afford to wear down my immune system. I still wanted to get some Ks in so I decided to walk. Before I began running, I was a walker. I actually did the Weekend Walk for Breast Cancer in 2005 - 60Ks in two days. Basically, a little more than a half-marathon two days in a row.
This is my celebratory fist pump in front of the Olympic stadium after completing the 60Ks :)
It had been quite a while since I went for a walk, but today I headed to Fort Chambly (8K). No ipod, just me, myself, and my thoughts. It was actually really nice and I was reminded that walking is also a really enjoyable activity. I even took a few pictures along the way.
An old Hydro-Québec dam.
My turn-around point - Fort Chambly (me and my shadow). This is where I took out my apple, which I could eat slowly while walking.
Time-wise, I realize that it would take me a little over 3h30m to walk a half-marathon distance...so I remain hopeful that I can improve on that when I run ;)
Today reminded me that I enjoy going for long walks sometimes and that when I'm not feeling so well, a nice walk can be an excellent substitute to running. Running is still my drug of choice...but, it's nice to have other options.