Training on a Crowded Oval. From my gray nomad days travel diary.
Photos are of the companions I had during my 400 meter run followed by my 400 meter, walk./jog on the Halls Gap oval, late this afternoon and that's me, rather flushed, but very happy, after my 400 meter run.
I have had a lovely active afternoon on the Grampians again. Reg chose the walk.
The walk he chose was moderately difficult, though only 1.6 kilometers return bush walk and rock scramble through the Grand Canyon Loop, classed as suitable for fit, energetic walkers. It was a beautiful walk, and these walks are thrilling Reg, bringing back happy memories of times before when we did these walks. The bring back memories to, for me, memories of thirty years ago. I recognized the stream I had sat beside and painted while Reg had completed the walk alone. I remembered everything about that painting
After each of us had completed this walk, I drove to the oval, and I made a commitment to myself that although it looked large, I was capable of jogging all the way around it once without stopping and I would do exactly that. I set off, and pep talked myself all the way around. I made it in 3.1 minutes only marginally faster than the other day when I walk jogged it.
I had a short rest break and a drink, then I walk/jogged around the course, another 400 meters, this time I took photos of my companions on the oval.
Reg is browning the onion and lean chicken mince in the pan while I blog, I’ll publish this then pretend I know what I am doing and turn it into a concoction called dinner.
Dinner was delicious, I added two sticks of celery, half a head of fancy long cabbage, a big handful of snow peas, and cooked that up in natural chicken stock.
Reg had some buttered mountain bread with his serving; he does not need to lose any weight. We ate an orange for desert.
Age pride is pride in every age, devoid of ageism. 🖌 The creator is Gray Nomad travel writer. As artist Ryn Shell, she's spent decades painting and staging art exhibitions around Australia. She is a former Artist in School Program and current 'Artist in Residence,' in assisted living aged care.
Ryn, above, enjoying the gray (gray with an a for active) nomad life at age 64.
Gray Nomad Reg Shell walking 12,000 steps a day beside the Balone River, at age 70.
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