Half way around the second loop, my left leg was throbbing. We probably should’ve started with the longer and steeper loop. Faulty planning aside, I hadn’t anticipated struggling so much after only an hour. An hour!!
Six years ago I participated in a 60-mile fundraising walk for breast cancer and yet here I was, ready to call it a day, after only two miles of leisurely walking on a cushy dirt trail in the woods.
I’ve always enjoyed walking. But now, with bursitis flaring up in my left leg, I can only walk for about half an hour and anything uphill is a strain.
Benches have become welcome sights, and looking for photo opportunities helps me take it slow and rest my leg instead of pushing myself in unnecessary ways. I am going to have to develop a new attitude about walking – instead of focusing on pace and endurance, I will have to think about stamina and taking my time.
Photos taken on a walk in the Stimpson Family Reserve, Bellingham, WA, July 2011.