It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last four years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.
This walking project has me walking outside in all kinds of weather. I have had hot-sweating-from-pores-I-never-knew-I-had walks and I have had cold-snot-freezing-in-my-nose walks.
I have been rained on. I have been snowed on.
I have been hailed, sleeted and blown upon.
Our wacky Canadian weather can mean that I’m sometimes not dressed appropriately for a walk outside but that doesn’t stop me. What does stop me is ice and slippery snow. Hamilton had it’s first significant ‘snow event’ over the weekend and most of us are still digging out. This puts quite the kibosh on walking for me as I’m not a fan of walking when I can’t even find the sidewalk. I know that later this week I won’t be able to take some long walks so that, pretty much, left today. So just how will I be able to walk the 10 miles I have committed myself to walk this week?
Early this morning I got my hubby to drop me off at Limeridge Mall and I joined, once again, those intrepid folks who call themselves ‘mall walkers’.
For a time, years ago, I used to walk with Tina Kennedy at the mall three times a week. The mall doors opened at 7am and we would join the mall walkers on their way past Sears and down to the Bay and sometimes circles around the food court. Around and around we would go.
Back then, they would be shorter walks so that I could be back to make sure the kids got on the school bus. They were able to get themselves ready but I liked to be home to watch them get on the orangy-yellow bus that would give me my daily freedom and quiet.
Today I didn’t get to mark off a newly walked-upon-street but I did get a ten-mile walk done even if it did take me more than three hours.
My MapMyWalk app did have problems with following my steps because this was not the route I followed at the mall.
I was reminded today how enjoyable mall walking was. Water fountain nearby. Washrooms close. Stores were not open yet so there was no temptation to shop. Out of the elements. Friendly folks.
A couple of the friendly folks – Hollis and Heather.
But I confess that those elements have grown on me. Fresh air. A gentle breeze. Sunshininess. New things to look at. I am looking forward to spring already and January is not even over yet. * sigh *