|Hatteras Island, North Carolina. |
Probably the most exciting encounter was thirty years ago when we were touring the U.S. and camped on Hatteras Island, a very long and extremely narrow barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. Two islands just to the north were Nag's Head, famous for the historic Kill Devil Hills where the Wright Brothers took the first powered flight, and Roanoke, where one of the earliest groups of English colonists in America, comprising 150 people, disappeared without trace some time between ship visits in 1587 and 1590. Despite the local history, the running options on Hatteras were very limited - either a run along the boring road that traversed the length of the island or along the sandy beach.
|Hatteras Island beach. |
|A whale passes South Point on Wilsons Promontory. |
I walked 6km today, including some hills, without any difficulty or breathlessness. However, I am constantly conscious of my heart beating, and although my pulse seems regular, can't escape the feeling that something is not quite right. I woke in the small hours and couldn't go back to sleep, just lying there hyper-sensitive to my heart beat, trying to work out whether it was functioning properly, and looking for signs that it was not. It may be, and I hope it is, just some post-procedure anxiety. If that's right, then my sensitivity will diminish in the next couple of weeks and my confidence will grow, but at the moment I still feel like I am walking on eggshells.