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I tried something new this morning: I went to the local mall before work and did mall-walking. Wow. It's like, joining a sekrit society! There's a whole community of mall-walkers out there at 6:45 in the morning! Who knew? When I first went into the mail, I went into a side entrance and it was pretty quiet, except for some kind of beeping alarm coming from one of the closed stores. At first I thought I might be alone, because there wasn't anyone around, and I started to get a little nervous. Sure there had been cars in the parking lot, but who knew what might be waiting for me, alone inside the Big Empty Scary Mall...? Then I turned a corner, a a white-haired granny sped past me, arms pumping, a look of grim determination on her face; she gave me a nod and disappeared in a cloud of dust. I soon came across the rest of the community. Pairs, singles, what I think was a father (or grandfather) and young man, older, younger, silver-haired, not-silver-haired, mp3 players. All of them giving me a cheery hello as I passed them going in the other direction, their coats slung over the horses on a nearby mini merry-go-round as they did their routine. I plugged in my iPod and went on my way, giving others the wave/hello/nod in turn as we passed each other. The mall was playing piped in music, but I preferred my own, having made a playlist of upbeat music to walk fast to. Did 1.2 miles in just under a half hour, which is decent, but not great, but a good first time out for me, and then made it to work on time. Doing this means I need to leave home more than a half hour earlier than normal, but I'm going to try to shoot for at least 3 times a week, and more if I can make it out the door in time. It was fun, I got to listen to some of my favorite music, and it made me feel better and more energized before starting my day. Living in an apartment, I'm pretty limited as to what I can do for exercise that early in the morning without the downstairs neighbor banging on my floor, so this seems like a really good solution. Go, me! :)

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