I’ve been walking every day, barefoot, and running pretty much every other day, barefoot.  Nashville weather’s been teasing us with the occasional day of humidity-free breezy weather, with temps in the upper 80s and low 90s.  After a summer as hot and heavy as this summer has been, it feels glorious.

OK, maybe until about 7:45 AM, and then it feels like August in Tennessee again.

But I will take what I can get.  And I have been out the door with faithful dog Foley and walking for an hour, running for an hour, or splitting it up.  I still run into neighbors who have somehow missed the shoeless and shirtless 46 year old guy in Ray Bans and a red bandanna, running down their street.  But I do and then i get to explain that for the past 16 months I have been running and walking barefoot around Hillsboro Village in the middle of Nashville, and it has made my middle aged knees, hips, back, ankles and achilles tendons feel better than they have felt in about a decade.  Not to mention—you runners and fellow exercise junkies know this—not to mention how good a daily hour of cardio makes you feel.  Depression’s ass is kicked.  Low energy?  Hell, I have more energy than my 15 year old daughter.

So here’s to getting up, quaffing the caffeine, and getting out and pounding the pavement—in my case, barefooted.  I am actually looking forward to cold weather, when I will have to come up with a solution for cold feet.  Last winter, it was SoftStar moccasins.  I will put them back on on the first cold morning.  But they are pretty beat up, after last fall and winter.  Should I try Vibram Five Fingers?  Everyone else has.  I guess maybe I will.  I just sort of resented their relentless marketing.  But who can blame them?

Ok, off to make sure the 9 year old is reading before sleep.  Happy ambulating.  If you haven’t at least walked around the block barefoot, do it tomorrow morning around 6:45…you’ll thank me.

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