I Over Did It

I woke up Saturday morning with a pep in my step. I was feeling good and full of energy. I jumped out of bed and went straight to the laundry room and started a load of clothes. Then I went to the kitchen, took my vitamins and poured a cup of coffee. My husband was already up and finished his breakfast. He had to go to work. I would be spending another Saturday alone. 

My husband left for work and I ate my breakfast. After breakfast I put on walking shoes and clothes, threw on a hat, stuffed in my earphones and headed out for a walk. I have never walked in my neighborhood alone before. I usually wait til after supper and me and my husband will walk 2 or 3 miles each day. But I had a ball of energy and it was a beautiful cool morning. 

I did not venture out too far. I stayed within sight of my house. We do not live in the best area. Our neighborhood is great but the part of town we are in is not so good. There were several neighbors out working in their yards so I felt safe. 

I ended up running/ walking 3 miles in 48 minutes. I made it a personal 5k. My fastest 5k is just a little over 30 minutes but that was 2 years and 20 pounds ago. I could have done it quicker but I stopped twice to pet a neighbors dog and sometimes a neighbor would stop and ask me why I was out alone or where was other half.  It felt easy and was rather nice listening to my music and going at my own pace. I did not even break a sweat. 

But I paid for it. I have been laying around and taking it slow because I have been hurting in my upper back. I have a compressed c6 disk and I have to be careful not to let it get inflamed. Though I walk everyday, that burst of energy and a brisk 3 miles, made me hurt. Tylenol has been my candy. Let’s add that my allergies are at a high too. I have been tired and sore. I think I over did it. 

I would like to beat my 5k goal. Maybe I can if I just do a little at a time. Evidently our walks in the afternoon are leisure. I need to take it easy for now on. I forgot I’m not in my 20s anymore. 52 hurts. 


  1. Yes, you need to go at a slower pace at first. The miles and speed will come after a while. I've been taking my morning walk for over 30 years. When I started it was just 2 miles, now as you know it is 6 miles.

  2. Live and learn! It's always a wake up call when I discover I can't do what I used to do - or at least as easily as I used to do it! But then, it's always good to be active. Like that old saying - Use it or lose it!

  3. I'm sorry you are hurting. Take it slower, take care of yourself. I admire your energy as it is and know you'll be back at it soon because that is what you love. Allergies ugh we have them and yet carry on because that's what we do! Hope you're back at in even if you do have to slow down the pace and build it up slowly.

  4. My mother once called me and wanted me to take her to the ER. She was 77 and had spent the day before scrubbing her kitchen from top to bottom. I told her I'd be laid up for a day or two after doing all she did in a single day! If only our bodies would keep up with our inner youth.

  5. I hope you're feeling better now Lisa!