1 PM in FL on 1-13-2012, with "Supposedly" 343 days until the end of the world. :) Temp isn't even 50 degrees, but not uncomfortable. I have no vehicle available today (at this hour) so I decide I'm going to walk to the store. It's about 1 mile away.My walking speed used to be about 4 MPH, Recently, though, I've been averaging about 2.8. I'm not as fast as I used to be.
I left my meds at home (Foolish) and walked down to the store. Then I decided to try something. Is it even possible that I might be able to double my pace? Can I get the mile in 12 minutes/ It requires me to try a slow run. I have COPD, such a run may prove to be stupid. But I decide I will try.
I doubled my pace ... for about a minute. I was thoroughly winded afterwards. It was stupid, I guess, to try. I continued walking...and about 5 minutes later tried again... I didn't even make a minute, that time.
I know this old body of mine ain't in the condition it could be, especially not the lungs. But I tried. I did not succeed.
Is there any reason to be discouraged? Not really. I didn't expect to be able to do much.
Is there any reason to be ENCOURAGED? Again, not really. I wasn't able to double my pace, although I may have picked it up slightly.
I'm just old. Bodies wear out after time. Mine is wearing out faster because of COPD. But I find it slightly promising that I was able to do ANYTHING. That I am still able to walk 4-6 miles a week is pleasing.
So, I'm getting old. I can't run a marathon. Can't cover a mile in under 20 minutes anymore. but I CAN still walk. I guess that's something....AS I SEE IT