So, last night I pulled out my bicycle. I knew that running was a bad idea – the feeling of a nail being driven into my heel made it a bit of a no-brainer.. But I wasn’t going to let myself slack off simply because of that! (We all know how easily that can become weeks or months of slacking off!) So I pumped up the tires (they were labeled to go to 90 pounds of pressure), and decided I needed to wear something other than dress pants/dress shirt. After all I was EXERCISING not commuting!
Trying my best to be visible, I went with a yellow shirt, and bright orange shoes. (I have this thing about not dying.) As I was downloading Runtastic’s Road Bike App and walking down the hallway, I heard something that sounded like a balloon popping..
My Wife: “Was that your tire?” (She is smart as well as beautiful!)
Me: “Yes. Yes it was.”
It seems the front tire.. while sitting there leaning against the wall – had decided it was no longer for this world. Now this could have become a big annoyance, but all I could think of is that I wasn’t riding it at the time. (Remember my liking the not-dying thing?) I have to imagine it would have been one heck of a wreck, worthy of Ralph himself, if I had been flying down the road and it had done that.
Well, I tossed my orthotics in my running shoes (The Saucony Kinvaras. I wanted the heel rise yesterday) and figured who was I to argue with what ever god or power decided I should run rather than bike?
It only took about 500 meters and a super pronounced limp to realize that the god or power in question obviously meant for me to go for a nice walk, not for a run. So I (apparently) headed out for a nice 3 mile walk…
Man does walking take a long time. I just kept going… “1 mile. 19 minutes and change..” wow.. I should be just about done with my 3 miles at 19 minutes.. Should only have 6 or so minutes to go, not 38! LOL! But it was a gorgeous night. You get to see things differently as you walk, compared to being out there running.
I followed a lady walking her dog “Rosie” for a ways. Rosie had to be having more fun running in circles (tripping over he leash) and just prancing. It was really, really fun to watch.
I watched a kid by a pond with a piece of fishing line (no pole) that was bound and determined to figure out a way to catch a fish!
So tonight will be another 3 mile run. My foot still hurts today, although not as bad as yesterday. I suspect I am looking at a week or so of no running. I am going to make sure I give it a chance to sub-side, but not enough time for it to be next year. 🙂
Meanwhile I checked to see if there were any bicycles on freecycle, craigslist or a local yardsale site. They were either over my current budget of 100 bucks (the smart/beautiful wife just switched jobs.. you know how that can effect finances!), or were kids or commuter bikes.
There was a bike that was as old (older?) than mine, but a bit higher quality for 150..
I am debating emailing the seller and offering that $100. Or I could suck it up, and walk this week.. Maybe do the free 7 day membership at gold’s gym to use a bike or elliptical there. That would let me wait and spend a bit more on a bike to get something better. (hey, you never know – I might get into triathalons someday!)
Its nice to have options.