I went for a long walk this evening. It ended up being just under 2-1/2 miles.
I used to walk all the time. Then I developed a vascular problem that limited my walking, because it made my hips and legs hurt after a very short distance. (I had an intraluminal aortic flap dissection that caused a reduction of blood flow to my lower extremities by about 60%. After about 50 yards, my hips felt like I had been climbing pyramids to the point of exhaustion.) Back in April of this year I had an aorto-biiliac stent graft placed to solve this problem. Unfortunately, I then developed a blockage to the femoral artery in my left leg. It was blocked long enough that it did some nerve damage. I spent about two weeks in the hospital, and they sent me home with a walker.
Tonight is the first time I have walked this far in about 5 years. I probably should have done some shorter distances to work up to it. But I made it.
My feet hurt now, though! Of course, that’s just over-use, and they’ll get over it!
I definitely need to get out and do more walking again.