First, to give a health update (although people who go on about their ailments are usually tiresome), I woke up this morning with no light-headedness but with a dreadful headache.
Still, I felt marginally better so thought to go for a walk to the post office. I had finished a letter to a friend yesterday at the laundromat (so two useful results of the heinous part of the day) (I think I mentioned in yesterday’s post that it was a heinous part of the day). I wrote three postcards, got ready and headed out the door.
It was cool in the shade but warm in the sun, the beginning of a beautiful day. I had on my crazy old lady hat and was grateful I was carrying my purse, which contained my prescription sunglasses. As always, it felt good on my legs to walk. For the first block or so I had the vague idea to return home, put on the proper gear and go running instead. On the other hand, I thought, still ill, no running for weeks, maybe a longish walk would be better.
To make it a longer walk, after mailing my things, I walked towards Main Street then down Green Street. I noticed the newspaper’s building, an old, interesting structure. “Evening Telegram” stands out in stone letters on the front. In fact, it moved to a morning paper some time ago and more recently merged with the Little Falls paper to become the Times Telegram. I am actually quite impressed that the area can support a daily newspaper, three if you count the Utica O-D and the Rome Sentinel (in fact, we subscribe to the Times Telegram and the O-D, although there is some overlap in their coverage).
I thought it would be a good idea if I came down and took a picture of the building before they update the sign, if they ever do. After all, an elegant stone sign, why not keep it up there for the sake of history?
I continued down Green Street past the First Baptist Church, which hosts Cup with a Cop every month. That is a chance to sit down and chat informally with our local police. I enjoy it very much, when I am able to attend. Unfortunately, this month it was last week, when I had to work. I hope to be there again. For one reason, it is usually good for a blog post.
Continuing on I came to the path over what used to be a hydraulic canal, a favorite place of mine to walk or run. My legs were feeling a little tired by now, so I felt I had made the right decision not to run. On the other hand, my headache seemed a little better. I was setting a brisk, steady pace, which I have read is good for producing pain-fighting endorphins (why is my computer telling me “endorphin” is a word but not “endorphins”?). That is one thing about not walking with a cute little doggy. You can set a brisk, steady pace and not stop to let someone sniff every few feet. That said, I would rather have my dog. However, I do not mean to whine about my loss.
I continued walking for a little over a half hour, so I felt I had gotten some exercise. My headache returned in full force almost as soon as I stopped walking. I say this only to give an update, not to further complain (although I realize it may be difficult to tell the difference). Later, after decongestant and a nap, my headache had gone to be replaced by the lightheadedness (again, UPDATE, not COMPLAINT! Sheesh!).
I did enjoy my walk. I hope to take another one soon. Happy Saturday, everyone.