Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Change of Scenery

This morning my husband's alarm didn't go off. By the time we woke up he didn't have enough time to get his run in before work. I still had time to get my walk in because I leave much later than he does. Even though he didn't have time to get his run in he did have a few extra minutes to sleep in. So you know I am not going to get out of a cozy bed with a husband in it - so, I didn't walk this morning. I debated getting up...I really did. But I ended up making a deal with myself that since it is unseasonably cool this week that I could sleep in a bit if I walked on my lunch hour at work.

I packed my walking shoes and clothes and headed off to work. About a 11 a.m. I decided to get walking before it got much warmer.  My office is just a block or so off a historic street. I drive down that street everyday to and from work. I was excited to walk down it so I could get a better look at some of the beautiful houses.

This one is for sale!!  Probably a little out of my price range :(

The local school district's offices are in this old house.

Apparently I have no concept of distance.  I thought for sure I would be close to three miles if I walked to the end and back.  But, the street wasn't as long as I thought.  There was a cemetery at the end, so I walked around it for awhile to get in another half mile.

I thought this was a pretty grand entrance to the family plot.

Not to be morbid, but I think cemeteries are fascinating. I love to look at the names. I can't help but imagine their life stories. There were graves from the 1800's. (There were also recent graves as the cemetery is still open for burials.) I saw a headstone for a boy I imagined died in WWI - right year, right age. I saw another headstone with 4 sides - each one had a name and birth/death years - two of the four had died under the age of 3. One had the name and 1900-1900 :( 

I didn't realize how big the cemetery was or that it was so hilly. My legs definitely got some extra burn going up and down the hills.

On the way back to my office I took a detour down a side street to get in more mileage.  I really didn't want to do less than 2.5 miles.  By the time I got back to the office I was at 2.9 so I made a turn and went another block or so to get in a full 3 miles.

With all my exploring and picture taking my pace wasn't anything special, but I was pleased to average about 17 minute miles. I am not sure I will have too many cool summer days, but this fall I will definitely put that route on my walking schedule. I nice brisk walk breaks up the work day nicely too.

Since my husband didn't do his morning run he wanted to run this evening. We went to one of the bike trails to avoid the neighborhood traffic. I rode my bike along with him. I can't believe how far he has come. He ran 5 miles - each under 10 minutes - last one in 8:13 - CRAZY!

Of course, I took lots of pictures. The sky was incredible with the fluffy white clouds on the perfect blue sky background. Thankfully, I did not run over my husband taking my crazy shots. I was a little scared for him in this first one.

Home for dinner. Tonight was chipotle pork and pineapple lettuce wraps. It is an adaptation of a pineapple pork taco I've made in the past.

Today was a much better day than yesterday. I appreciate all your kind words of encouragement.  I know we all fight the same feelings at times and I know you understand :)


  1. Wow you have the best scenery with your walks! I'm so jealous! Awesome job getting it done like that on your lunch break! I can either walk inside my building (which is the preferred method.. Air Conditioning!) or outside in our parking lot! Cemeteries fascinate me too!

    1. Yes, I am a little bit spoiled with my scenery - especially yesterday. I like mixing up where I walk - makes me more excited to do it. Our neighborhood route is very convenient, but it gets a little old.

  2. What lovely houses. And I am super impressed you can walk three miles on your lunch! I aim for one, maybe one and a half. Go you!

    And your husband kicks butt. And 8:30 mile? Holy crap, batman, that is fast!

  3. Thanks! I get an hour for lunch and I can just step out the door and go, so that helps. I know, he seems to get speedier by the day!