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Mileposts Along My Half Marathon Walk Today

Updated on June 23, 2013

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Garrison Creek Runs Adjacent to My Home
Garrison Creek Runs Adjacent to My Home
Garrison Creek as Seen From the Road in Front of Our House
Garrison Creek as Seen From the Road in Front of Our House

Happy 370th Monthiversary!

Yesterday, I did something I had never done before in my life.

I walked 13.3 miles, a distance just a tad bit longer than a half marathon.

The reason? Well, there were three principal reasons. Here they are in ascending order:

  • I hadn't walked for an entire week! If I am to maintain pace with meeting my year's goal of 1000 miles, I'm a few miles short this month. It had rained steadily for the last few days, putting a damper on my schedule, but yesterday was absolutely gorgeous.
  • The stressful demands of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Hub Challenge has prompted me to spend a lot of time indoors, stuck in front of a computer. (In addition, pulling my hair out is not something I want to be seen doing in public.)
  • Yesterday was the 22nd day of June. Call it silly and sentimental, but my wife and I wish each other a Happy Monthiversary on the 22nd of each month. In two months, we'll be celebrating our 31st Anniversary. Don't tell her I said this, but the monthiversaries help me remember our anniversary, and I'm always big on whatever gets me brownie points with her.

I dedicated yesterday's walk, then, as a monthiversary present to my wife.

Let's Get Motivated with Suzy!

Looking northeast at the area I had just covered. Hapo Credit Union is to the right.
Looking northeast at the area I had just covered. Hapo Credit Union is to the right.

Milepost 1

I wrote a love note to my wife indicating the route I would be taking, and I stuck it on the bathroom mirror. Shortly after 7 AM yesterday, I left my yard. I had just barely walked a few yards up the road when my cat, Kona, came running from the yard kitty corner from ours. He stopped right in the middle of the road, looking up to me as if to ask, Where are you going? You're not leaving me, are you?

Patting him on the head, I told him I would be back and motioned for him to go back home. Fifty yards up the road, I turned around and saw him still crouched in the middle of the street. I turned left on 12th Street and silently prayed that he would be safe.

Cats will meander through the neighborhood, but unlike dogs, uncompromisingly refuse to be seen walking with humans.

A Field of Alfalfa
A Field of Alfalfa

Milepost 2

At the 1.1 mile mark, I started jogging. I lovingly call my pace the old man trot. I'm attempting to slowly work my way up again to jogging. The emphasis is on the word, slowly. Recently, I succeeded in jogging a half-mile. Yesterday, in spite of not having walked for an entire week, I still wanted to aim for at least the same distance. I managed to do so in spite of a laborious effort, and I was even able to add a little bit more. My new personal record to beat is now .6 mile.

A short while later--at roughly the 2-mile mark, I came upon a field of alfalfa and took the above photo.

The calf was leery, but it stayed still long enough for me to take its picture.
The calf was leery, but it stayed still long enough for me to take its picture.

Milepost 3

I continued to head east on the Old Milton Highway. Fields of alfalfa and wheat with the occasional fenced-off pasture and vineyard lined either side of the road, and I imagined the view from above was that of a giant checkerboard square. I was a pawn moving laterally--and thus counter to the rules of chess--across that board. At my age, and in the revelry of my celebratory walk, following rules didn't factor into the grand equation.

Weather Vane Tower at the West End of Langdon Road
Weather Vane Tower at the West End of Langdon Road

Milepost 4

After maneuvering the large bend in the Old Milton Highway and turning onto Langdon Road, I came upon the above weather tower vane. Even in an agrarian community, it's not a common sight, so I paused to take this photo. The property owner also raises miniature horses, a topic of interest that I'll hopefully write about in the near future.

A Field of Winter Wheat
A Field of Winter Wheat

Milepost 5

I am constantly monitoring myself to ensure, at least at a layman's level, that I'm doing okay, and I was thus pleasantly surprised that I had arrived at the 5-mile mark feeling no pain. It was close to 8:30 at this point, and the weather was perfect for a long walk. Walking over to the right side of the road, I took the above photo of a field of winter wheat. About a hundred yards away were huge bales of hay neatly stacked and stored under a massive tarp. In the distance, the Walla Walla Blue Mountains basked in the early morning sun.

Leaving the county road and entering the southernmost edge of the Walla Walla city limits, I headed north on 3rd Avenue.
Leaving the county road and entering the southernmost edge of the Walla Walla city limits, I headed north on 3rd Avenue.

Milepost 6

Somewhere between the fifth and sixth miles, my cellphone rang. It was my wife, and she chuckled as she told me she'd called out for me, and when I didn't answer, got a little worried. Then she came upon my note on the bathroom mirror. Her reaction was, "Wow, he's ambitious!" I wished her, "Happy Monthiversary!" It's a game we play--to see who'll remember first. I laughed as she took a few seconds to get her bearings.

I got my bearings when I met her.

Heading North on Chase Avenue
Heading North on Chase Avenue

Milepost 7

By this point, I was well aware that this walk was going to be longer than the furthest distance I had ever walked in my life. I felt pleasantly fatigued at this point, and my feet were overheated, but other than that, I was okay.

So I kept on going.

One of My Favorite Thrift Stores
One of My Favorite Thrift Stores

Milepost 8

At this point, I was near the heart of Walla Walla. I needed to use the restroom, so I stopped in at the 8-mile mark and dashed in for a short while.

In the above photo, you can see the mugs and glass section of the St. Vincent de Paul Retail Store. Quite a few of our eBay sales were sourced right here at this Catholic-affiliated thrift store. Their motto reads: We need what you don't need--to help those in need.

If you look carefully at the window, you'll see a reflection of the Walla Walla County Courthouse located across Main Street. You can also see me in my walking sweats taking the photo. I'm only now noticing the police car, also in the reflection, the officer(s) within probably wondering why I was taking a photo of the store.

Pawn Shop on Pine Street
Pawn Shop on Pine Street

Milepost 9

A pawn shop, one might conclude, is a favorite hangout for an eBay hustler. Personally, I've never had an inclination to deal with pawn shops. Admittedly, I don't know or understand a thing about them. Secondly, and maybe it's a bias derived from watching a lot of seedy television shows, my main concern is that I might spend good money acquiring something from a pawn shop that would later turn out to be a stolen item.

In any event, at the 9-mile mark, this was my subject of choice for a milepost photo.

Mill Creek as it Travels Under the Myra Street Overpass
Mill Creek as it Travels Under the Myra Street Overpass

Milepost 10

Mill Creek courses right through the middle of Walla Walla.

As I walked along the last long stretch on my way back to College Place, I was cognizant of the fact that the actual length of my walk would end up being about 13 miles.

With three more miles to go, the sight of the water enticed me to jump in and cool my agonizing feet. Those dogs were barking!

Oil Can Henry's Sign with Banner Bank in the Background
Oil Can Henry's Sign with Banner Bank in the Background

Milepost 11

Okay, so now I was nearing the eastern entrance to College Place. My pace picked up a bit as my brain sent out signals to my weary body that we had less than two miles to go.

A cute thing happened a quarter mile before I reached this point. My wife passed by, headed in the opposite direction. I waved frantically at her, and that must have left an impression on her peripheral vision because I saw her adjust her rear-view mirror and wave at me.

God never sends us more blessings than we can handle.

Marker for the Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Marker for the Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Milepost 12

My iRunner cellphone app verbally announced that I had just walked twelve miles. Prior to going up a hill on Larch Avenue, I passed this church.

The number 12 is significant in the Bible (twelve sons of Jacob; twelve tribes of Israel; the age of Jesus when He first appeared in public at the temple; twelve disciples, etc.), so I thought this was an appropriate place to take my milepost photo.

Another View of the Creek Adjacent to My Home
Another View of the Creek Adjacent to My Home

Milepost 13 (.3)

Ah, home! That's where I want to be!

Well, it was a good walk. I realized two personal bests--my longest walk ever, and a comeback achievement of jogging .6 miles.

In the process, I was blessed to have you come along with me. Thank you for your good company, and I hope we can do this again sometime soon.

Oh, and one more thing. I found Kona the Cat napping on my bed. That was the crowning touch to a very memorable day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Awesome, Brad! Thanks for all the support and encouragement. I remember feeling quite fatigued at the 10-mile walk, but I think it was more a psychological barrier because that's as far as I'd gone on a handful of occasions. But I reminded myself that I was on familiar terrain and that, in the grand scheme of things, home was just around the bend. My walks invariably take on a metaphorical presentation of life, and I thus gain hope and added endurance with the knowledge that, eventually, all roads lead home. Blessings and aloha, dear friend!

    Joe

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    Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

    Amazing hub and amazing effort with the walk Mr. Joe. I really enjoyed reading this, and looking at those wonderful pictures that you took. I so admire your dedication to reaching your target goal of 1000 miles by the end of this year. It's really amazing that you walked a half-marathon. Wow! You walked more miles in one sessions than I run during the average week. Super effort sir. Keep it up. Voted up, rated funny, and awesome. Shared on here and on Twitter as well. Would love to see more people read this. I think it would help motivate them. Great job again good sir! By the way, I scored 100 on the quiz lol.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ah, what motivating and delightful news, Kathryn! I so appreciate you for sharing this information with me. Good for you! I am so very proud of you, my fellow Hubber and walker! Great--just another thing to have in common and be able to share with one another. I am looking forward to future hubs from you that take us on a literary and visual tour of your walks. When I started my walking and began researching quotes from famous writers about walking, I was shocked to see how many authors went for strolls. I really think there's a deep connection between both activities. I'm definitely hooked on both activities! Congratulations, my friend! Aloha, and have a super Woman of Steel day!

    Joe

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I love hearing about your walks! That is a long one. I'm glad that you got out and walked extra far, after not getting out for a while.

    The day I commented on your Hilo article, I was so motivated by your walking accomplishments that I ignored the not-so-pretty weather, and went on a walk. It wasn't as long as yours, but was about 1 hour and 10 minutes of walking, plus about 25 minutes to enjoy my surroundings in a couple of different spots. Yay!

    Have a wonderful day!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Carol! I have determined to put that as a priority ahead of my writing instead of the other way around last month when I was immersed in that Challenge. It's important to build the foundation and get those batteries charged and energized in order to flow with the writing. At least, that's what works for me. : ) Have a wonderful weekend, and know that you're greatly appreciated. Aloha!

    Joe

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    carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

    To be admired..lots of good walking ..Staying in shape is of utmost. Besides being a great mood improver ..it is so good. Keep up the good work and will be cheering you on

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Barbara Kay, I would love to see that hub when you have written and published it. That sounds like a beautiful area. Thank you so much for your presence and participation in my hub experience. Aloha, and have a wonderful week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yep, he was "dead to the world" asleep on my bed...just as he is as I write these very words. : ) Thank you very much, Sally, for faithfully stopping by with your wonderful and supportive words. Have a wonderful and productive new week! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    The last two days, Liz, has seen a return of the rain. I'm pressured by what I have yet to do--not just the writing, but the mowing of the lawn and other chores, etc. While I worked hard on my hub yesterday, Rita--bless her heart--went over to one of our storage lockers and put up two 6-ft high portable shelving units and stacked several boxes of our inventory, thus freeing up some room while giving us a better visual of things as they sell. I felt guilty staying home, but I have so much writing to catch up on. Just published another hub a few minutes ago, but can't afford to stop too long before the next one. I think I'll do one soon about stuff I've sold lately and hope that I have the ability to demonstrate sharing and teaching over self-promotion. Always a tricky interplay with those concepts here on HP.

    Your great sense of humor is a terrific lighthearted respite for me. Congratulations on the 100% score! : )

    How eerie for me not to have been conscious of that patrol car until I was actually writing the hub and was about to post the photo. That's when I saw it. Wow! Oh, well, they can catch me doing good.

    To this day, when I walk, I am mindful of what's in front of me. There was a penny in front of this yard just past the weather vane tower. You know me...I was tempted to pick it up, but because it was in front of someone's lawn, I passed on it. Ha-ha! Bonafide Scrounger!

    Best wishes on your picking and hustling, Liz! I'm always eager to read (and/or view) your latest work. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Karen. I'll give it my best shot!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Deja vu! : )

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Mary! I don't care how many times you say it--it's always music to my ears! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your loyal devotion and support. I got your back, and you got mine! Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are going over the cliff together! Boy, wasn't that a great movie? The other day, I was thinking about the first time I ever saw Dustin Hoffman act. Who can forget, "The Graduate?" There was a time when I had some of those scenes memorized. Ha-ha! Wait...how did I get here? Wow, I write like I walk...all over the place. I was thinking about you and your movies niche...that's what it was...and Dustin came to mind. Sigh! I think the Challenge is making applesauce of my brains!

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    Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

    We have a nice walking path that runs along a river. You gave me a good idea for a hub, because we always see swans, ducks etc. Wild grapes and raspberries grow there too. I don't think I'll walk as far as you did though.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

    I enjoyed the walk with you Joe - especially enjoyed being down the creek and hearing about your Happy 370th Monthiversary! - now there's an idea to promote.

    I do hope your prayers were answered and that you found the cat safely at home.!

    Aloha

    Sally

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    Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

    OH MY GOODNESS I SCORED 100 PERCENT. I'm a teacher's pet, so that means a lot to me.

    St. Vincent de Paul's is awesome. We have one in Clearwater, and they have BOGO clothing on Tuesdays. The story of your reflection and the cop car in the background made me lol. You don't see too many people scoping out a thrift store.

    I have yet to pick anything up at a pawn shop, although there are a million to choose from around here. BH says he uses them every now and then, but you need to know your stuff.

    I know this hub was about much more than picking, but you know I have a one-track mind.

    Congratulations on reaching another milestone, Joe! That's a lotta miles! Keep it up--we're rooting for you.

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    Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

    Oh no HO...I don't like what you are thinking either. Please don't go. Maybe I should not allow you to take part in any more of these challenges???! I may have to ban you from my personal HubPage Challenges to make sure you don't get burnt out. I don't want to, but I would hate to see you leave HubPages. You are a very important and encouraging presence here. And I know you love to write so if you just keep viewing HubPages as a place to showcase your thoughts, that might work better for you. Hang in there...the last day of the challenge is less than 1 week away and then you'll put it behind you. And don't forget, you're still ahead of me!!!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Karen! By no means do I intend to place any responsibility on your shoulders. It was my choice to do this Challenge, and it is my responsibility to deal with it. Every now and then, I will vent about what I'm experiencing in my comments because I think it only fair for others to know that there is a REAL challenge afoot and that it's not about hunky dory times. In addition, I either state directly, as I'm doing now, or in a self-deprecating passive/aggressive way that it really is my fault for not getting this done in a less stressful manner (the reality being that I do have a business to run along with the rest of life's responsibilities--but that's true for ANYONE doing this challenge). Personally, I'm thinking more like chrisinhawaii every day. And I don't like what I'm thinking...

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    I never realized how closely I pay attention to your hubs until I got 100 on your quiz!

    I know you're really the only one benefiting from your ambitious walks, but I have to admit we're having fun taking the walk after you've finished and added all your great photos!

    I've said it before my friend, and I'll most likely say it again, but you're doing a bang up job on the 30/30!

    Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    I never realized how closely I pay attention to your hubs until I got 100 on your quiz!

    I know you're really the only one benefiting from your ambitious walks, but I have to admit we're having fun taking the walk after you've finished and added all your great photos!

    I've said it before my friend, and I'll most likely say it again, but you're doing a bang up job on the 30/30!

    Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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    Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

    Great idea for a hub and great pics to mark your way. I love it that you wrote your wife a love note. I hope you aren't too sore today from all that walking after a 1 week break? And a word of warning...be careful on the jogging. My husband jogged every day for about 10 years in his fifties and his knees are now paying the price for it. He can't jog at all now and his knees hurt him. His doctor told him it was from all that jogging! Congrats on another hub, but I didn't mean to bring so much stress into your life with this challenge!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Faythe!

    The dogs are no longer barking, but I am pleasantly fatigued. Between the everyday demands, walking, working on eBay, and writing, as well as household and yard chores, family responsibilities, etc., the day just doesn't seem to have 24 full hours anymore. : ) Thank you for stopping by and for always sharing your uplifting comments. Aloha,and have a great week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Heather!

    I'm simply swamped, trying to take care of eBay-related responsibilities while working on my Hub Challenge, but I thought I'd take a breather and check out what's happening. I'm glad I did because I was able to read, enjoy, and respond to six commentators just now...yourself included. When I write about my wife and children, it's under stealth mode because they are very private people. So I have to pick and choose my attempts carefully. Still, you raise an interesting topic for a Hub...maybe I'll flesh that idea out once I can be done--once and for all! ha-ha!--with this Challenge. In any event, I appreciate you very much for stopping by and sharing in this hub experience. Aloha, Heather!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, WND, for the solid show of support throughout this Challenge. The eBay business requires much of my time, and although I start each day with the intention of writing x number of hubs, I am often pulled away to take care of business or errands, etc.In any event, I am so appreciative of your encouragement every step of the way. Aloha, and have a great week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Bill! Good for you for getting out there and pushing yourself. 1/2 a mile already! Awesome, my friend! I like the way you map out your work week. Monday appears to be a challenging schedule, but then again, you never know about billybuc. Shoot, that might be your easy day. Ha-ha! Thanks for the friendship and solid support, my friend! Have yourself a good week as well. Looking forward to reading your hubs! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Jim! I used to keep track by time. When I first started my walking campaign, I was doing about 17 and a half minutes per mile. So I then roughly computed what certain distances would take, time-wise, and walked for that length of time. As the months went by, I was pleasantly surprised that my pace was picking up, even though I wasn't consciously trying to do so. In recent months, I've had the help of an app that uses GPS and provides me with very accurate statistics. Thank you for your kind feedback. Have a great week, Jim! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

    Enjoyed the walk..Beautiful area you live in..boo hoo..I only scored 60% by missing the name of the road..but I was really close......How are your feet ?...

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    HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

    Beautiful photos, the view would be a great motivator to "keep going" and making your walk longer. Good job on the distance!

    Very cute that you and your wife still keep track of how many months you've been together. I'd have to go back and see if you already wrote about this - but I bet you'd have great advice to give on how to keep a marriage fresh after many years (and kids).

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Happy Monthiversary. 31 years soon and I am wishing you and your wife double, plus let's add some more years on.

    That was quite a jog/walk and a fun hub to read.

    Oh, don't get stressed out about the challenge! I know you can do it because you proved before you could. However, I'm not going to bother you about it cause that is just stress, too! (And I don't mean it to be)

    We are supposed to get a week of rain too. At least that is what I saw on the weather channel this a.m. Thus far, zero.

    Take care. Don't stress.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good for you, Joe! I would call that a crowning achievement...at least until the next walk. :)

    I just started jogging again after a ten year layoff. Not far and not hard, but it is time to pay up or sit back and allow my body to go to seed. :) I'm up to a half mile after two weeks and my wind is good so far.

    Anyway, thanks for taking us along on your journey. Tomorrow is a new day of writing. My plans are laid out for the day and if I stick with them I'll be able to do five hubs which will cover the week. Then the rest of the week all my writing will be for money. :)

    Have a great week my friend.

    Aloha

    bill

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    A great and successful effort on all counts, Joe! I was wondering how you kept track of the distance, and you answered that one too. Very well done and entertaining too.

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