Not as glamorous as it sounds, sadly.
Further to my decision yesterday to go beyond my training regime, I decided to do the weekly shop on foot on Saturdays and Sundays (theorizing that splitting the shopping weight would make it more manageable).
So I slung Trusty Rucksack on my back and toddled off the very pleasant mile down the pedestrian alley to the supermarket. Our pedestrian alley is great, it runs parallel to the road, but is all bushes and ratruns instead of cars and smog. A great place to walk the dog, stroll to town or (if you are a feline) hunt!
When shopping isn't it funny how you rethink everything you take off the shelves when you know you have to lug it a mile home? :-)
'Do I really need two of those?'
'I'll do the fruit and veggies tomorrow'
'ah, this is reasonably light'
'don't they have this in a smaller bag?'
I remembered Aginoth's special munchy requests and even his Saturday paper - he hasn't seen the newspaper man in hospital for days!
So I packed it all neatly into Trusty Rucksack, and nearly fell over putting it on! Knowing I was being watched by Tesco staff, the Crinkly Brigade and various other paying customers, I carefully hefted Trust Rucksack onto my back without actually toppling over.
And started the walk home - what a walk! I think I misjudged my weights somewhere along the line. After half a mile I was reduced to a solid 'can't go back, must go on' plod. The two extra carrier bags with light stuff (well, the Saturday Guardian isn't that light!) even seemed to gain weight, and - of course - got in my way!
I decided to weigh my shopping when I got home. Of course, I neglected to remember that the scales are upstairs, so after lugging Trusty Rucksack home, I then had to haul it upstairs to weigh it (of course, the more observant amongst you might think 'why didn't she take the scales downstairs? Interesting argument and one I considered after lugging Trusty Rucksack up and down the stairs!).
I carried 28lbs for a mile, and was still standing - just! I was impressed - sod that, I was very impressed. It made up for the aching shoulders, the running sweat and the painful back.
I can carry 28lbs+ for a mile!!
If I can do that - I can ski ;-)
Tomorrow it's fruit and veggies, so my Trusty Rucksack will weigh a measly 15lbs or so...