Sunday, September 19, 2010
What a beautiful day!!
When I started my long walk today it was foggy and I wore a jacket but soon took it off since I was heating up from walking (and some running).
I set out to do my usual loop but knew I needed to add some extra miles to get in training for the 1/2 marathon in October.
My brother told me about an extreme incline on the backside of the hill I usually walk up. He was not kidding, this hill (on Hill Street, aptly named) is steep! As with the other side I usually turn around and walk it backwards just to give myself a break without stopping. Some guy was running it. As he passed me I gave him a thumbs up sign. He gave up running and did like me (walk backwards) near the top. Not a bad climb and I discovered another park and path leading to the upper promenade but had to scale 71 steps (I did them 2x) to reach it. I had already done the upper promenade but did it again.
Did I mention the signs on top of the lookout give information on the history of the area? Well I read a sign today that told me about Hill Street. In the 1920s they had car races (Dodge was the first car to drive "the hill") to see if it could climb. I guess some would overheat, go so slow that spectators could walk it faster or roll backwards when it couldn't climb. My brother told me years ago he had an old putt-putt Honda that couldn't climb it and a cop car had to give him a push. I thought this was funny and that he was over-exagerating. Of course I saw a lot of cars climbing it easily. Anyway, the sign said the "back" hill (Hill St.) is 70% grade. Wow, that is steep!
Well, my rough calculation using the SparkPeople map says I walked a little over 9 miles today. Which is pretty good. I took 3 hours which is a little slow but considering I walked up 2 major hills and 3 minor hills plus all the inbetween, not a bad day.
By the time my walk ended it was getting pretting hot out. I did a lot of stretching while I waited for stoplights and when I came home so I hope tomorrow my legs and back feel good and not too stiff.