I knew that yesterday would be busy with the birthday party and movie night, so I planned my 9 mile walk for today. How in the world was I going to get in nine whole miles? I decided to walk to Forest Park instead of driving, to give me the extra mile boost that I needed. I stopped at my Mom’s house along the way because I forgot my bottle of water. My little sister gave me some encouragement and sent me and my water on my way. As I walked down the street in my matching gear and sexy sunglasses a guy started yelling out of the passenger car window. “Hey Miss Walker, you sholl are looking good today!” “Can I walk with you?” …TLC’s classic song “No Scrubs” immediately came to mind. I started humming, “I don’t want no scrub, a scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me, hanging out the passenger side of his best friend’s ride, trying to holler at me.” I laughed and gave the guy a friendly wave but continued walking but at a faster pace. I learned years ago it’s easier just to give a quick wave to acknowledge their presence so that they don’t get angry and keep moving to let them know you’re not interested. Mr. Scrub continued to yell out compliments, much to the entertainment of those dining outside near the U-City Loop. After what seemed like an eternity at the stop light he yelled out his phone number digit by digit and begged me to call, I just walked faster; he had to be my Dad’s age.
Once I got to the Park I decided to be a little adventurous. I figured I would go to the Zoo. It was a good idea in theory however, everybody and their Mama decided to go to the free St. Louis Zoo since it was 70° out today. As I got closer to the entrance, the aroma in the air changed from elephant poo to funnel cakes. All the children and strollers slowed my brisk walking pace but it was nice to see a different scenery. I walked through Rivers edge and snapped quick pics of the elephants the scary hyena and the cheetahs.
After about 30 min. I was back outside of the Park on the walking trail. I decided to be even more adventurous and take the unpaved hiking trail. There was a sign that pointed to the ancient Native American “Tree within a tree.” That sounded interesting enough, and at this point I had only completed 5 or 6 miles. When I got to the tree within the tree, I was less than impressed. I mean I guess it was little tree growing inside of another tree, but nothing really exciting. But, I took a little time to stop and stretch. When I looked ahead of me and behind me there was no one else on the wooded trail, I got a little nervous and decided that maybe I had been a little too adventurous.
I started to get a little tired and my main goal was now to find the paved trail and start heading home. My book on tape was keeping me company, I’m more than halfway through it. After the 7th mile I was really ready for this walk to be over. Finally I reached the edge of the Park and walked down the regular streets back towards my house. The sun was setting so I decided to pick up the pace and walk just a little faster, especially since I didn’t have Nyah with me for safety. When I was about three blocks from my house the Nike iPod lady told me that I had reached my goal of 9 miles. Not bad since I had pretty much guessed the whole distance, I didn’t map out anything before I left the house. Finally in just under three hours I was home from the long journey. I kept an average of 18 min mile walk pace, however I really want that down to 16 before the race. Nonetheless success! I never thought in a million years I would be able to walk more than 9 miles on Sunday by myself. I guess when you put your mind to it you can do anything 🙂