Walk + Lick
I used to be a runner. In another life. Or rather, a couple of years ago.
I am not a natural athlete. I played no sports in high school or college. I have repeatedly said, “I’m not running anywhere unless I’m being chased.”
Then my late 30s hit and my metabolism slowed down. I started biking and running to maintain my size. At the time, I lived in an area where people were always out on the streets being active. There were trails close by, and it felt safe (and trendy).
I had my Fitbit, my arm band & wireless headphones. I started jogging
The first time I tried running with her, we neared the end of the
Now, I can’t tell you the last time I fell and actually had visible injuries, but at that moment I was transported back to being a clumsy 6
Clever looked me in my face, and her eyes said, “Man up.” Then I looked around and saw this older man judging me. I dusted myself off, and limped the rest of the way home. I had a couple of scrapes on one knee, and I lived to never take Clever on a run with me again.
A month or two later, I discovered an ice cream shop within walking running distance to my apartment. The only thing I love more than ice cream is Bae. I plan to run my route with a little detour as a reward. I got my cone of mint chocolate chip from Jake’s, and walked up the hill in the direction of my apartment. It was hot, the ice cream was melting down my hands and I was super focused on not dripping on myself. I stepped off the curb with my right foot, and into a hole. My leg went one way, my ankle went another, and I heard a pop. I braced myself with one
I was so focused on my ice cream cone that I didn’t realize how badly I was hurt until I stood up and tried to put my full weight on my foot. I hobbled down the street, and around the corner alternating between wincing in pain, and licking my ice cream. I clumsily managed to make it up the stairs and into my apartment before collapsing on the couch. I grabbed a pillow to elevate my
Since then, I take extra care when walking and licking ice cream at the same time.