I should have gone out for my mandatory long, dutiful and self oppressing walk before it started absolutely shitting down as it is now forecast to for the next 4 hours.
Trouble is I'm tired from walking from 7pm to 10pm yesterday on account of how it took me until 7pm to shake off the effects of going out from 6pm until 9.30pm the previous day. The main effect being it has started to take all day to bully myself into going for another long walk.
It might help if it wasn't 7 degrees outside and that the two nicest days of the year were the 30th and 31st of March, or as I like to think of them absolutely fucking eons ago.
There have been nice days of course. And when it was dry it was good to take my feet off the pavement and along the footpaths. But its crapping down now and its not a nice day. Its one of those days we seem to have at least 5 of every week, temperature wise. And its wet.
I will go out. I always do. At least since Feb 14th. And every other day this year except January 3rd, 13th, 16th, 21st, 30th & February 2nd & 6th, when the weather was more wintry than it is today but had an excuse because it was actually winter, rather than "an English Spring"
Walked 5 miles in the pouring rain out of sheer bloodymindedness and anger. Now it's stopped raining and I am dawdling along like someone with 2 broken legs. But it's really one broken spirit. What's the fucking point of this? What's the fucking point of anything.
Home. 9 and a half stinking, lousy bastard miles. What shall I do with the rest of my evening? Nothing. Obviously.
8.95 mile walk in non stop pissing, occasionally torrential, rain.

0.09 mile walk in "Fuck me, it's actually stopped but it's cold enough to be October" weather

21 days until "you reached* your goal for 100 consecutive days"

* considerably exceeded

21. More. Fucking. Days.

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