Archive for April, 2010

Brisk Blogging (and Walking)

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I took a nice, brisk walk this morning. After 3 or 4 days of cold and constant rain, today’s sunny, “somewhere in the 70′s” clime actually called-out for me to run. But, it’s been a long, snowy, run-less winter, and as I’m currently residing in a very hilly part of the country, I’m honestly not sure if I’m physically ready for a full-out run. I think it’s best if I ease into my running routine with a few brisk walks first.

With my journal in hand, I walked to a nearby park and pondered the pros and cons of a good run versus a brisk walk. First of all, you can’t easily carry a journal and a travel mug filled with coffee when you’re in the throes of a good run. So right there, the brisk walk has an obvious advantage, appeal-wise.

On the other hand, when I run, I feel much less vulnerable than when I walk. It’s not that I don’t feel safe in this neighborhood. It’s just that when I run, there’s less time and opportunity for anyone to approach me. Whenever I take my journal out to write in a public place, it’s generally been my experience that there’s always someone who comes over to chat. That someone usually tries to spark a conversation by asking me what I’m doing.

“Errrrrrr. I’m writing? In my journal?” (more…)