I walked over 1000 miles last year. It’s not really something I enjoyed doing but I did it anyway. Here are some thoughts and observations from wandering the streets of my hometown.
1. Walking hurts my feet. Running 30 miles in the woods bothers my plantar fascia less than walking three miles on pavement.
2. If you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, don’t walk.
3. You notice more about your surroundings when you walk vs. running. This is not always a good thing.
4. Walking is not very popular in my town. Running is even less popular. I saw only a handful of walkers and runners all year but I saw hundreds if not thousands of drivers.
5. Where are all these people going and why are they in such a hurry?
6. Most drivers prefer to swerve around you or cut in front of you when you are in a crosswalk. Stopping to let you cross the street is their last option, and when they do it, they do it with a scowl.
7. I walk slower than I run but the difference is not that significant.
8. A car full of young people cannot drive past without screaming some foolishness out the window at me. I was young once. I wonder if I was as obnoxious as today’s youth.
9. Dogs like walkers more than runners. Some dogs.
10. RUNNING a 100 mile race is out of the question. Maybe I could WALK one? NAH!