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Balancing the Junk

Larry wanted to go for a run today, so I decided to join him. We're a good balance on the running thing, especially on longer runs. I usually push him a little further than he'd normally go and he usually slows me down just enough so I don't over-do and enjoy the workout. And, since he's gonna be away on business all week, so it's good to catch some together time when you can.

However, today wasn't about the long run, just a get-out-and-exercise day. No particular goals in mind, neither distance nor time.

I guess that's what those who live in runner world call junk miles. So I set the iPod Nike+ gadget to basic (because the Virgo in me needs to record the junk as well as the goal-oriented workouts miles are miles are miles) and off we ran.

I did not realize our new place was within such easy access of the canal (and you can just stop with the "he said easy-access-canal" sniggering). It's literally less than a ten-minute walk north. Nor did I realize that today was the canal cavalcade, which was in fact a charming festival, but not very conducive to running.

But we weren't in it for speed, so there's nothing wrong with a little walking, right?

After the crowds thinned out, we made it up to Ladbrook Grove and then jogged around till we hit Portobello Road, where we ended up having a lovely stroll. We turned onto Westbourne Grove, where we found three new restaurants (Taqueria, Bloody French, and Harlem) we want to try. And bonus we didn't realize there was a branch of Bodean's (it's London, everything's a chain) in that neighborhood as well.

So yeah, we went slowly. Just under five miles in about an hour and a quarter.

And despite it being a quote-unquote junk run, we had a perfectly delightful afternoon.

So what's your point, Bob?

My point is simple on the one hand, little goals are good. But, once again, having no expectations led to a surprisingly enjoyable time. And now that we're running again, we can afford to eat all that non-healthy food we found.

It's all about the balance.