On my last birthday, I had a thought—When I turn 50, I’m gonna really get in shape.
Then it occurred to me that it was perhaps a better idea to start now and by the time I turned 50, I would already be in good shape.
I hated to act on any new idea unless I’d slept on it first. Then, if I woke up and it was still lodged in my frontal lobe, I’d do it.
Unfortunately, it was.
I had been in pretty good condition but after a job change two years ago, I’d become rather sedentary.
My efforts to get a walk station installed at work had been unsuccessful, so about six months ago I decided it was time to start walk-jogging again. (Definition: walk-jogging – a combination of walking really fast and intermittently breaking into a full jog.)
I walk-jog about the same time every other day at the local park and I’ve noticed a few characters in the walking/jogging/running crowd who show up about the same time as I do.
Angst Girl – Angst Girl is about 17-years-old and 1/3 my size, but you can hear her coming from behind you as she pounds on the asphalt. I want to say, “Hey, take it easy. You’re scaring the squirrels.” But I don’t. She holds her arms perpendicular to the ground, bent at the elbows. The look on her face says, I hate this.
Bad Manners Man – Bad Manners Man is somewhere between 30-35. He has bright orange running shoes that probably glow in the dark. Heaven help you if you should meet him on a turn. He hugs the inside lane like nobody’s business. I was slightly ahead of him once and he almost knocked me over. I wanted to yell, “Hey share the road. Old ladies are everywhere.” But I didn’t.
Poodle Man – Poodle Man walks willy nilly, criss-crossing the path as his tiny white poodle walks him. I almost tripped over the stretched leash once. I wanted to yell, “Hey, get a real dog.” But I didn’t.
Shuffling Senior Man – Shuffling Senior Man is at least 80 and he shuffles on the balls of his feet. When he passes, he has the sweetest grin on his face. It’s like he’s saying, “Hey look at how fast I’m going.” And as I pass him I want to say, “Look at you!” But I don’t.
Cross Country Team – Sometimes I’m there at the same time as the local high school’s Cross County Team. The boys and girls run in separate groups. I try to always run in the opposite direction as them so I don’t show them up. 🙂
When the boys come my way, one of them always shouts, “Hey scoot over and give the lady some room.” Proving the next generation of boys will be alright. And when the girls go by, they always wave. I think they want to say, “Hey look at you!” I’m glad they don’t.
I’ve learned a few things while walk-jogging. Sometimes I get an idea for a story or blog post, or I work through a problem I’m having, or I realize that stretching is a really good idea, or I simply enjoy the trail and nature around me and think how blessed I am.
And sometimes I learn some really valuable lessons like this one.
Always be in front of the horses. IN FRONT.
Anywho, I’m glad I’ll face 2013 in semi –shape.