I woke up this morning knowing that I had to go and workout today. Today was another scorcher, well above 90 degrees. But, I thought about how many times have I read emails and comments from you guys saying “You kept on going through the rain, through the cold through the whatever, because you could hear my voice in Week 5 saying “Just get to it, No excuses!” When I got home from work, I said it’s just too hot outside, I’ll go to the gym. But I didn’t want to feel like a hamster running around the track in circles. So, I decided that I would drink plenty of water and brave the weather. My Big Little Sister called and invited me to her neighborhood block party, but I was getting ready to go to the park to run. Then, I had an ingenious idea. Why not walk to my Sister’s house? I jumped on Google maps really quick and saw that it was just a little over 3 and half miles and an estimated 1 hour and 8 minute walk. I can handle that. Right? Maybe? I was so excited about my adventure, I grabbed my fur baby Nyah, and hit the pavement, and told my sister to look out for us. I was probably too excited, because I forgot my Cell Phone and had to turn back around after a few minutes to get it. By the time I walked back to my door, I was already sweating. This is a good plan right? This will make a good blog post tonight right? We headed out again, this time armed with my cell phone, a towel to catch my sweat, and my iPod . I took a self defense class in college that said as a lady you should never run alone with earphones in both ears, so I always have just one in, so I can pay attention to my surroundings while jamming to my podcast. There was so much to see, The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and then the Best thing. I told y’all before I live in the hood/ghetto, but all the scary looking people were scared of Nyah, so it worked out perfectly. About 10 minutes into my walk, I was thinking I’d never make it all the way there; because I’ve never walked to a real destination except my Mom’s house about 7 blocks away. Then I saw “The GOOD”, this church billboard sign that read “Run Till You Finish” with a scripture. I appreciated that little boost and knew right then that I would make it all the way.
Then came the “The UGLY.” There was this horrible collapsed building, or what used to be to be building, it reminded me of the Haiti disaster. I kept asking myself what happened? We don’t have earthquakes, or Tsunamis that would do damage like that here in St. Louis. How does the city allow it to stay like that? Why won’t they clean it up? It was just sad really. When you’re driving past, it’s so easy to over look the details.
Anyway, Me and Nyah, kept pushing, trying to block out the disturbing broken glass and boarded up ghetto images and focus on the main goal, my sister’s house in a good/safe neighborhood. When we were just about 10 minutes away there was a monster hill, and another cemetery. I hadn’t really put steep hills in my brave hood adventure equation. It killed me and Nyah, I was dragging all 65 pounds of her by the time we finally arrived at the block party. I looked at my Nike Tracker, it read exactly 1 hour and 8 minutes. I was so freaking happy! I did it! And I did it in the suggested amount of time. Finally the there was “The BEST”, my cute little niece at the finish line. Her smiling face and jumbled 2 year old words made it all worthwhile.