I start slow

Setting sun at my back

Adele in my ears

One step, another

Keeping vague time with the music

Slow, steady

New song plays as I hit the back stretch

Digging in

Increasing speed

My body struggles with new challenges

Still steady, if not strong as the stretch ends

Slow, constant

Walking again

I round the corner where that same stretch looms

Hitting it again with increased strides, faster this time, sprint

Walk, sprint, walk, finding my breath over and over until it’s all gone