A few blocks from our house there is a lake that has a paved walking path all the way around it. I'm pretty bad at estimating, but to go all the way around the lake is probably less than a mile. But it is a beautiful location, surrounded by a park, budding trees, and a fantastic view of the Flatirons. Aside from the goose poo that is all over the grass this time of year, it is an ideal place to go walking.
We've been taking River walking there lately because she gets twice as much exercise when we let her jump in the lake after a stick or a ball. Pros? She's nearly impossible to wear out, so we need all the help we can get! She behaves better when she gets exercise. Cons? She smells like dirty lake. And then the goose poo in the grass sticks to her more when she rolls in it. (Not going to lie: we still let her on our bed sometimes.) But she just looks so unbelievably happy splashing through the lake after the ball, like nothing better in the world ever happened to her, that I just can't resist. It makes me happy to watch her.
In any event, I don't know if it was the fresh air, the gorgeous day, or the the fact that we were both wearing practically unused running shoes, but today APL and I decided to jog halfway around the lake. I'll repeat that: jog. Cons? It hurt my bad knee and both of my hips. I got tired pretty fast. Pros? Even though it hurt some joints, it somehow also felt good too. I think maybe it also made me feel more energized and focused this afternoon.
Halfway around the lake isn't very far, but at least I jogged at all!! Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. But don't hold me to it.