50k at 50

In less than 2 weeks I am going to do something I never thought I’d do…..turn 50!

If you’ve already been there and done that….then you know!

If you haven’t yet been there and done that….then YOU know!

50 IS OLD!!!!!!!

I wanted to walk a marathon to commemorate my 50th birthday. But by the time I got my act together the Disney marathon was full. So, I decided to do my own self supported marathon….but, well to be honest never got all that excited about spending my entire birthday walking in potentially cold weather!

In the end – I didn’t train.

There is a big part of me that feels like a real failure. I set a goal – walk a marathon on or near my birthday (the Disney Marathon is the day AFTER my birthday in 2013) and I failed. Worse than failure….I never really started!

There is a line in the movie Top Gun (yes, I’ve watched it enough times that I can quote it….don’t judge) where the Tom Skerritt character says ‘Better to retire and save your aircraft than push a bad position.’ To be honest, that’s where I was/am. I could try to walk a marathon, but better to admit my unpreparedness and save my body than to push this old bod and cause real damage or cause me to spend more couch-potato time!

Sometimes, reaching your ultimate goal means adjusting when or how you get there….this is one of those times!

Instead of walking a marathon on my birthday….I am going to walk a 50k in my birth month.

For you non-mathaholics; that’s 31.0685596 miles. 31 miles in the month of January (I liked the symmetry of 31 days and 31 miles).

I haven’t given up on walking a marathon in my 50th year! Just in a warmer month 🙂 (or maybe next year’s Disney Marathon).

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Stumbled Upon (Thoughts and Photos)

If you happen to be a regular reader of my blog, you probably have encountered my Quest for Average. As with most things in life this quest has become intertwined with many facets of my life. My photography hobby is the latest to succumb. For today’s walk I persuaded Jenn to go with me to Downtown Wilmington and amble with my camera. I am sad to report that I forgot to set my phone to record my distance. However, we did circle a 4 block radius.

The one on the left is green, I always wish it were blue

As we exited the parking deck onto Front Street I was struck by the coloring of these buildings. I notice them often, I think because of the white one in the middle. As we proceeded to walk along Princess Street, I noticed this closed for renovations sign. I am attempting to show the clock in the reflection, I almost missed it.

Notice Jenn patiently waiting 🙂

The inside of the column

A closeup of the left side of the column

Next I encountered a column that was crumbling from the inside out. Someone had attempted to create an impression of soundness, by giving it a rock façade; unfortunately time has stripped away the illusion. I truly was / am fascinated by this column and am sure there is a inspirational post rattling around in my brain for this column. For now, I hope you can see the beauty.

 

Spring is popping up everywhere in February

There are always surprises in life and in afternoon strolls around town, even a place where you have strolled hundreds of times over the years. Today we encountered two such bolts from the blue. The above photo is of a lovely encounter with yellow flowers blooming. It was such a delightful beckon to spring, I had to stop and not smell but photograph. Our second encounter was with a former colleague of Jenn’s who we bumped into on the street. We had a great time talking with Kevin and Carol and when I said I was strolling with my camera, she struck a pose…how can you resist that?

Carol and Kevin

Lastly, I invite you to join me on a scavenger hunt. I saw on a friends blog that she was participating and it looked fun. The hunt has 100 items you find, photograph and share. Today, I added my first photo in the hunt…number 72 on the list, I was to photograph a fire engine. My interpretation led me to the fire hoses. If you decide to hunt with me, let me know your flicker screen name!

 

 

 

 

 

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