Monday, January 09, 2012

clung on tightly, like parenthesis

I got a free oil change, so there's that.

It's been so unseasonably warm and dry here, albeit with insane winds, that I decided to walk home through the creek valley after dropping off the urban assault vehicle for servicing. Not something I would normally do in January. Particularly since I am becoming increasingly terrified of ice patches.

But although any snow that remains has long been transformed into wind-polished snirt, enough of it has disappeared that I figured I could skirt my way around the slick spots.

This walk home was also to be a test of my knee. I have been gradually increasing the length of my elliptical workouts, but I am still a slower walker than I once was, and walking on uneven ground could prove tricky.

And then there was the matter of that killer hill that you have to climb to get out of the park.

I'm glad I did it. I needed a change of scenery, a touch of nature. There certainly was a lot of nature down in the park. Piles of it. I don't know what those coyotes have been eating, but it goes through them like shit through a goose. Or through a coyote, I guess.

I didn't encounter any coyotes this time, although I stopped on the little bridge just before killer hill to watch some ducks bob about in the water, in amongst the ice floes. I lingered there on the bridge for longer than I had intended, to allow two women with westie terriers to overtake me. I didn't want anyone to witness me labouring up that hill.

The hill wasn't as hard on my knee as I expected. I did take my time, and it took 185 steps instead of my usual 150. Yes, I count steps going up hills, what of it? It felt good to be a little winded again, something I have really missed with my slower workouts.

My knee is a little swollen tonight and I can feel the bits moving around and rubbing against each other, but the outing was all worth it. Especially for a January day.

Where is your favourite place for a winter walk?


mister anchovy said...

I've never had a free oil change.

Westcoast Walker said...

It feels subversive and liberating to get out for a January stroll, an act of defiance against the capricious elements.

Thanks for sharing your journey, and I do hope that knee starts to cooperate more.

John Mutford said...

I've been walking to work since Christmas I'm finding it quite peaceful.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This was my first one, Mr Anchovy, and apparently my last, as the dealership has now discontinued that program.

It was a timely walk, as it turns out, Matthew - snow and cold today! I am glad I took the opportunity yesterday.

And you have real winter where you live too, John! Good for you. How long does it take?

Allison said...

I rather enjoy walking the seawall in January, especially on an overcast day, it's less busy.

Sorry to hear your knee is still giving your some trouble. Hope it continues to heal.

Anonymous said...

i like walking on the beach when there is a big wind blowing. The big waves can be magnificant

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Is it truly warm enough to walk the seawall in January, Al? No wonder everyone wants to move there!
My knee is getting better all the time. It's just taking a while.

Again with the warm oceanfronts, Kelly! Unlike the rest of the country who curl up on the chesterfield, you westcoasters sure can enjoy winter.

umbrellalady said...

So is snirt a combo of snow and dirt? Envious of your walk but only in a good way. Hope a little ice on the knee takes care of the swelling.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Snirt is indeed the marriage of snow and dirt, Kathy. Ours has now all been covered by the snow we got yesterday. So my walk was very timely, as it turns out.

LesleyG said...

Walking anywhere in January feels so... special. I was doing that just yesterday, as it was 50F. Today, not so much (11F windchill), but it was glad to take advantage of it while I could.

Anonymous said...

free oil change? really? lol and good for you for walking! Even if it did take some extra steps lol

Anonymous said...

warm? I didn't say warm. It was damn cold here the last couple days! Something like -2 overnight. Brrrr

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We both got our warm(ish) walks in just under the wire, Lesley. It snowed, and got cold and really windy the night after the walk.

I was pretty pleased about the freebie, Miss Kitty. The extra steps were worth it!

You suffer so, Kelly!

Anonymous said...

i know, I am such a martyr