First Jog

Dear Liza,

Between the Covid lockdown and our cold wet weather, it has been a pretty slothful winter. There have been short walks to the market and out for hot dogs, but no long hikes to Sellwood or the Pearl District, and lots of cookies and potato chips. I was feeling like a bear in hibernation, or a kitten on a lap….Comfy, but a bit overstuffed.

The spring weather, along with jeans that just stopped fitting, has inspired me to get off my Grandma Judy butt and get some exercise. I bought new sneakers (my old ones literally fell apart just after the shut down) and Aunt Bridgett and I headed out.

My big investment… Wooloomooloo shoes!

Years ago, we started running. We’d walk to the Hartnell College track, jog a few miles around, and walk back home. But we went too fast, or twisted a foot, and the joy got lost. We stopped.

When Auntie Bridgett and I decided to start again, we had to dig our old exercise clothes out of the bottom of the drawers. We did lots of stretches so we didn’t break anything, and we set off around the neighborhood. It was fun going down streets, waving at folks out gardening.

Our lovely neighborhood

We stopped (after a paltry ten blocks, but it’s a start!) at our garden plot, to water and check things out. It felt so good to be moving! We ended our day on a healthy note, with a chicken and beet salad with all sorts of greens and nuts for dinner.

And this morning, I woke up feeling… Fabulous! No strains, so sore legs, just clear headed and healthy. So, after our writing time and French lesson on Duolingo, we headed out again. We went a block further and ran a bit faster, and got home with no damage done.

I will keep you posted on our progress. Stay well!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

3 thoughts on “First Jog”

  1. GOOD FOR YOU! I envy you that you have a partner to walk/run/jog with. It’s so much easier that way… I can think up all kinds of excuses to not go and the rain lately has been helping in that regard. I do also need new shoes and I have found a pair that I will be getting … in 2 weeks. LOL but by then the rain should be done?!.. Congrats… keep taking it slow… xo


  2. Exercising ……….good for you. Maybe if I did more of it, I could ditch this %^%$ walker. Then I would have to get out of my pjs. I’ll try to do more than think about it.


    1. We all can do only what our body will let us. You could do some coffee cup curls, or some four ounce Grigio lifts. Don’t hurt yourself! But yes, staying active is good. Sending love and giggles.


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