I bought the new shoes I'd been promising myself, so white they're almost shiny.
Ignore the crappy carpet.
I said ignore it!! Look at the shoes!!
So I had another try at the 6km walk.
Let me tell you people, it's a whole lot easier with balanced heels.
I tend to strike the ground with the outer edge of my heels, so my old sneakers are worn down and with each step I could feel my heel sliding, thus taking my shin and knee slightly out of alignment. (=pain)
Not so bad when strolling casually around the neighbourhood, disastrous when attempting serious walking for exercise. Improved fitness level will be a bonus.
I chose a different destination, along Portrush Road all the way to Burnside Village and back.
3km each way.
When I started out, my ankles protested a bit, probably because I stumbled on a raised paver during yesterday's walk and came down hard on both feet to keep balance. (Jarred my hip and slept covered in arthritis strength Deep Heat.)
By the time I'd done 1 1/2 km, I was feeling okay, ankles were good, the breeze was lovely and the clouds kept the sun off. Good thing too, I'd forgotten my hat! Bad me!
The footpath in that direction (south) is so much more flat than going the other way, where I have to watch almost every footstep because of uneven paving.
I made it to Burnside Village, located the toilet, then had a wander around the new and improved Coles. It's kind of large.... if I was shopping there, I'd need a packed lunch. It was big when I lived across the road and shopped there, but now it's about twice the size.
The whole shopping complex comprises Coles, a multitude of specialty and fashion shops, plus a huge new development still in progress.
The dollar certainly is mighty.
Anyway, I bought a banana, ate it while wandering past several shops looking for another exit, then went back to the one I'd entered by and set off home.
The time just passed so quickly, I ticked off the streets I passed in my mind, remembering them all from when I lived in Toorak Gardens, and before I knew it I was back at the Magill Road intersection. 5 minutes from home.
I didn't rush at all, didn't pace to the music, and reached home 1 hour and 40 minutes after setting out. Since that includes walking around the shopping centre a bit, I think I still did pretty well.