The big “hit” piece (that is, the successful, well-liked post, not a piece attacking some famous personality) this week seems to have been my post about driving to and from Athens, Georgia. In the spirit of forward motion and scenic trips, I thought I’d dust off this chestnut from 5 August 2020, right before the previous academic year began.
I’d just gotten into walking right before school resumed, and was hoping to get in a couple of miles every day. That goal sure fell part quickly, and I realized I did not walk nearly as much as I thought I would at work. It turns out that 10,000 steps a day is actually a lot of steps.
That said, I did manage to get in over 30,000 steps in a single day once in the past year: when I spent an eighteen-hour day at Universal Studios. Needless to say, I slept until nearly noon the next day.
But that outlier aside, I did not come close to achieving that dream. When I dog-sat my girlfriend’s German Shepherd, we took some lengthy, sweaty walks. I was hoping that Murphy and I would do the same, but the old girl doesn’t go much beyond the yard before she is ready to turn back for another round of water, snacks, and naps, so my dreams of long, energetic dog walks have been smashed on the arthritic knees of my ancient dog.
Or I’m just making a bunch of excuses for myself. With that, here is 5 August 2020’s “Walkin’“: