Sunday, June 16, 2013
As some of you know I have been bitten by the Fit-Bit bug, and have been increasing my walking so I can improve my 7 day step average. One major change I've made to my routine is to take a long walk on the weekends. One each day. Previously my weekends were dedicated to sloth, and I didn't do any form of exercise unless I had yard work to do.
Let me set the scene:
Saturday I walked a route I had done last Sunday, it was just over 3 miles. I enjoyed it, but wanted to see if I could find a route that would give me a full 3.5 miles. So today, Sunday, I decide to walk on part of the Hank Aaron Trail. Everything is going well, I walk the circumference of the Stadium, and head down the trail. I have a choice to walk through part of the parking lot of the stadium or down a pathway that follows the creek/river. There is amateur racing going on and the parking lot is packed so I follow the pathway that merges with the trail that follows the creek.
I'm watching bike riders on the trail below when suddenly I feel a "swoosh" of air and see a shadow of a bird. Huh, I thought, that bird got kinda close. One more step and I hear the screech of an Oriole and feel an impact to the back of my head. Damn, the stupid bird is attacking me. I pick up my pace and look around, and WHAM the little bugger dive bombed my head again. I start flailing my arms and had to break into a jog to get our of the darn birds "danger" zone. As I ran from my adversary I heard one of the bike riders laughing their ass off. I can't even blame them, I'm sure it was funny as all get out.
Well after all of that added to the heat of the day I ended up doing 2.83 miles and vowing that I would never walk that route again. I'll stick to my 3.18 mile route I've done twice now without becoming an extra in the next Hitchcock movie!