I Am Not One To Back Down From A Challenge

I am not one to ever back down from a challenge but let me tell you….sometimes this bites me in the butt and it bites hard!!!!

Friday mid day I received an email from my husband saying….”Let’s try doing three laps of the trail we chose to do our training on for vacation. What do you think?” I then answered back….”why now, I thought we would work our way up to three laps the month before we leave for vacation.” He then emailed back,” come on, do you think we can’t do it?” Enough said…that sounded like a challenge and he knew darn well I would not let that go.

(*NOTE: the longest trail we plan to hike on vacation is listed at between 7.7 to 8.3 miles long with mountain elevations)

Saturday morning we woke, had a hearty breakfast, packed our picnic lunch, packed our backpacks as if we would be hiking a long trail just like on vacation, and hit the trail by 8:30 a.m..

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Lap one was fairly easy as I expected it would be. Here is us at the end of lap one…3.25 miles done.

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Lap two was good, not too hard, legs still felt good, and the heat of the day was just starting. We definitely needed another coating of bug spray and some lunch though. Us at the end of lap two, 6.45 miles complete.

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So as we would and plan to on the trail, we stopped and had a picnic lunch on the nearby lawn next to the trail head.

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Recoated with bug spray, we then started the last lap. This one was a bit different since we knew in our head it would be the final lap. And no doubt it was harder, the hills seemed to multiply, and every corner we rounded that we thought was our last was actually not the last. This was the only lap we saw wildlife larger than a chipmunk on.

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And we even came across a berry bush that next time may be ripe enough to offer us a snack mid hike.

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We were a hot, sweaty mess when we were done….here we are at the end of three laps. In approximately four hours with a half hour of that being a break for lunch, we completed three laps for a total of 9.68 miles and ironically my body felt pretty darn good at that moment.

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That is until I arrived home and removed my boots….OH MY GOODNESS DID MY ANKLES HURT!!!!The remainder of my day was spent getting my legs and ankles iced, rubbed, or elevated with compression socks on.

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Needless to say, I tossed and turned all night between fireworks going off in our neighborhood and with my very sore legs throughout the night. Which meant I was very tired on Sunday. I can’t say I regret accepting this challenge he proposed but next time I will think a bit harder about what else I wish to do before excepting this type of challenge again. Since all I really got accomplished on Sunday was throwing together a quick dinner and one fast trip to the store for a few items.

After all this I will say I am proud of us since clearly we still got it. We may be slower and ache a bit more than before but we can still pull almost 10 miles off with little effort and this makes me very happy.

 

 

 

Sunday…Time To Reflect and Look Ahead

Last week I found satisfying. Life matters calmed down, I did not struggle to find time to exercise, and I even enjoyed a few moments of relaxation.

Let’s see, if you remember I mentioned last Sunday that I plan to share what the upcoming workouts will look like to try and keep myself focused and accountable all at the same time. If you missed it, click the link and you will see what the plan was for last week.

Here is what I actually did accomplish last week:

Sunday: gym:elliptical

2.5 mile walk outside

Monday: yoga with a friend

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Tuesday: home:20 minute recumbent bike, weight lifting

gym: 30 minute elliptical, weights, stretching

****we ended up swapping steps for the gym tonight due to rain

Wednesday: steps and hill walking

Thursday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, weight lifting, stretching

Friday: rest

Saturday:  gym: 30 minute elliptical, stretching

Which now brings me to next week which will hopefully look something like this:

Sunday: trail walk

Monday: steps and hill walking

Tuesday: gym

Wednesday: rest- dinner date with my brother

Thursday:steps and hill walking

Friday: rest

Saturday: hike….hopefully

Am I happy….I am.

Could I have done more….sure, but why?

I feel good about what I did accomplish and that is really all that matters.

What about you?

Do you look back on the week and wonder if you could have done more?

 

 

 

 

How I Did On My July Goals…

At the beginning of July I posted a list of goals I was hoping to accomplish before today. There were seven goals total and I accomplished or attempted four of them. Am I disappointed? No! I am a list maker and a person that is pretty set in her ways. I could have accomplished everything on the list if I really wanted to.

We could have made time for a date night which was goal #4 and had a wonderful time doing what I have in my mind that we are going to do. Although, I did not make time for this to happen. You see, it would have to be on a week night because where we need to go to do this involves a place that has hundreds of children on the weekends. And I’ll be honest, after spending all week with children, even though I love them, I don’t care to be around that many on my weekends. So ultimately, this did not happen because it would have interfered with our week night routine. I can assure you all, it will happen eventually, I just need to find a night that works best for both of us.

I also failed at goal #7 to try a new restaurant. We are creatures of habit here and if we go out we usually go to the same three restaurants. I know, as boring as it sounds, it is what it is and we know we will get good food so we stick with it.

And the last goal I failed to achieve was goal #2 to try two new recipes. You know it’s summertime and cooking is the last thing I want to be doing typically after a long day outside with the kids. So I cook what’s easy, fast and I know by memory. And cooking on the weekends is even faster than on the weekdays because we are never home in the summer on the weekends.

All in all, I feel I did really well. The goals I made that I failed to achieve were goals that really did not need to be done in the first place. Ok, maybe we do need a date night, but I promise you, I am not neglecting my husband. After 20 plus years of marriage it’s a miracle we even remember how to date, so we are good with a date or two a year.