Many of the bridges along my walking trails are showing their age. I sometimes wonder if I’m doing the same.

My goal for 2018 was to complete a 10K power walk before my 65th birthday. That was the year I took up power walking in March, and I achieved that goal 2 weeks before my October birthday.

For 2019, I decided I wanted to complete four 10K power walks – one in each season. I achieved that goal.

2020, as we all know, was a “different” year. Although, despite all of the COVID 19 restrictions, outdoor walks were still very doable, something changed in me last year. Even though I did set a different goal (which I’ll save for another post), I lost all interest in training for 10K power walks and doing them.

Maybe it was just that I had power walked 10K several times and it was no longer a challenge. Maybe it was because 6K felt like a perfect, enjoyable distance at my power walk speed and I was ok to stay there. Maybe it was that I started to enjoy more quick photo stops when I was walking.

Maybe, like the bridge, I’m getting a bit rusty.

“Iron can only be destroyed by rust, and rust is a slow process which is caused by the hydrogen ion from water in the environment. Coat yourself against negative thoughts and be careful what you feed your mind because your mind is your greatest asset, make sure you are not using it against yourself.”

― Uzoma Nnadi