Walking tour

For some reason, when I woke up this morning, I got it in my head that I was going to go running.  I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get my 10 mile run in yesterday and was even contemplating going for it this morning.  This was despite the fact that I ran 7 miles yesterday.

Just in case I haven’t mentioned this before, I would like to do two 10 mile runs before I leave for my honeymoon, because I’m not sure how much exercise I’ll get there and I’m trying to build my mileage up.  I did 9 miles last weekend, and it was exactly two weeks until my wedding as of yesterday.  This leaves me two weeks to do two 10 milers, and I’m doubting if I’m going to get it done.  We’ll see…

I started off with a little fuel.

Great Harvest Dakota bread with a thing smear of AB and a little more generous smear of raspberry jam.

I headed outside for my run, but immediately could tell that my legs were super tired.  Not sore, just tired.  I knew that I was overdoing it, so I headed back inside.

I made a little more breakfast: 1/2 pear and a few raspberries nuked for one minute, then stirred together with Greek Gods yogurt.  Coffee came later as well.

I started to get a little antsy because I really wanted to be outside, but knew a run was not in store for me today.

I woke up Brad and asked him if he would go on a walk with me.  Being the good sport that he is, he agreed.  We set off on our walk with Rascal.  We soon ended up in the South End neighborhood and realized that Rascal needed some water.

We waited patiently while Brad went into a gas station for water.

While waiting, I saw a really gross advertisement.  Forget those brochures with the mistreated cows, advocating for vegetarianism.  They should put this beef hotdog in brochures.  Yuck!  What is up with the texture?  I’m not a vegetarian, but maybe I would be if I had to eat one of those.

Brad made a quick water dish out of a styrofoam cup.

We had some water too.

We also poured some on Rascal, which he immediately shook off.

We soon left South End and made our way to the Dilworth Neighborhood.

Adjacent to Dilworth Elementary is a really cool community park.

I wish I could have taken a picture of the playground and the water fountain play area, but people don’t usually like strangers to take pictures of their children.

Rascal soon got tired again, and we settled down on a bench.

The Crepe Myrtles are so beautiful right now.  They remind me of my grandmother because when she was alive, she had a huge one in her front yard.  She would send me out with a gigantic pair of scissors and let me cut a gigantic bouquet worth of flowers off the tree.

We returned to Uptown and wandered into The Green looking for more water for Rascal.

Book statue

The Green has mock road signs of real places that make the name of famous authors.

I love these small touches.

Copper pages of a book.  This one has a poem called “Cultures” etched on the page.

Fish fountain sans water.  Usually the water squirts sporadically out of the fish’s mouths.

Overall, we covered about 6 miles.  Because he’s so close to the ground, the heat from the sidewalk affects Rascal  much more than it does people.  Our walk was really nice but beastly hot.

Is it too soon to say I’m ready for the fall?