October 2nd, 2015

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It was so dark and foggy when I parked the car this morning that I couldn't get the sky to show up in a photo at all. That was a first. I decided that I'd challenge myself to do a route I've recently done, but faster. I normally don't really care about speed or the amount of time the whole thing takes, but several things contributed to that decision today.

1) Too dark and foggy to stop and get any good photos, and even if it wasn't, all my pictures lately are of fog anyway.

2) I don't really like taking the climb on the zig-zag of roads between points A and B on the map below without entering the gulch. It's brutal and I really wasn't in the mood for it, so I decided to get it over as fast as possible.

3) I got shit to do today and it needs to be done at certain times. That always makes me rush.

So, I went as fast as I could. Sometimes I zoned out and slowed down a bit, but I picked up the pace again when I realized that was happening. Now I know a lot of people reading this are thinking, why not try running? People ask me why I don't run all the time. The answer is simple. I hate it. I have a bad back, I've had ankle issues, and I'm pretty heavy. If you enjoy running, go for it. I'm not into it. I even tried jogging a little bit today, and here's how it went:

"I'm going pretty fast. I should try jogging a bit. Wow! Look at me! I'm going really fast! Maybe this can be a new thing! Maybe I cou--nope. Nope, this sucks, gonna just walk fast again."

I don't think people should do things they hate for exercise. You need to do it all the time if you're going to do it, and how can you motivate yourself to do something you truly hate? I like walking. I like walking fast. I like to go tread water at the pool. I like yoga. I'll do those. I'm not going to tell anyone they should do what I do, they should just do what they want.

Anyway!

Today's awesome walk, 4.64 miles in 1:16, 9,983 steps, 466ft gain
4.64 miles in 1:16, 9,983 steps, 466ft gain

Last time I did this walk, it was in 90 minutes. It's kind of surprising that I only shaved 14 minutes off of that, but then again, it's not like I was running twice as fast or anything. It was an interesting experiment, but I was a little worse for the wear at the end, and it wasn't nearly as fun as it usually is. So expect more fog pictures soon. Though probably not on Sunday as we're having an overnight guest Saturday night.