We arose this morning, did our customary 100 quick crunches, then dressed in walking clothes and headed out for Stanford’s Academic Preserve, the home of the Big Dish. It’s been more than two years since I’ve been able to walk, much less jog the ‘Dish run,’ something Linda and I did together once or twice a week before the brain tumor and radiation therapy knocked out my left side.
The route includes one fairly steep approach on a set of lazy switchbacks that ascend to the dish itself, a 46-meter parabolic reflector built more than 30 years ago. Another route descends to the plain below before crossing a sharp rise and descending again. GMAPS Pedometer put my route today at 3.8 miles, which I walked, paced by Linda, in an hour and 53 minutes. That last hill was a challenge… the rehab (and my Scott and Lily walks) is really starting to kick in… 2:28:31 PM