Monday, June 22, 2009

Trail Blazer

After several failed attempts at becoming a runner, I've decided instead to be a Trail Blazer.
OK, so backing up a little. I've tried running on several occasions. Usually a few seconds to a minute interspersed into my walking. Well, it hurts my knees, and frankly is just no fun. I can't imagine myself ever running for fun (considering that even as a child I didn't like to run). Even tried the Couch to 5K plan, didn't make it past day 1.

So, what do you do when you absolutely hate an exercise? Pick something else! So that's what I did. I love to walk, I can walk for hours. My longest walk ever was 30 miles, I was 17 at the time. Now just walking is exercise to be sure, but I felt I needed more than just walking. So, now I'm blazing the trails. What do I mean by that? Well, here's what I mean. It all started with the hike I took a week and a half ago with some co-workers. It kicked my butt! (You can read all about it here). The thing is, even as I was struggling with it, I knew I wanted to do it again. A struggle for sure, but so peacefull and relaxing. And afterwards, it didn't take long for my muscles to recover. Well, last Wednesday the group of co-workers went on the hike again, and I wasn't able to join them. So my husband and I drove out after work on Friday and did the hike with our dogs. It was still hard, but I could feel a subtle difference in the difficulty, I had been training by walking a particular street near work which is a 2.8 mile walk, with a 1/2 mile uphill climb, and it helped. According to the map, the trail we did was between a mile and a half and 2 miles. Here's some shots of us:

Well, my husband was so encouraged by my new found interest, that when I asked him what he wanted to do for Father'd Day, he said he wanted to go hike another trail. So we went to the Coyote Hills Regional Park and did the Bayview trail (one of the few we could find that we were allowed to take the dogs on - if you ever hike here with dogs, be prepared to pay a $2 per dog fee). The Bayview trail is approximately 3 1/2 miles, but the uphills aren't as steep. So we took the whole family. The views were wonderful, there was actually quite a few people out hiking and biking that day. Here's us:

So now I'll take things one hike at a time!

Healthy and Happy Living


1 comment:

Bella said...

Sounds like a great exercise. I went on a hike on Friday for the first time in like years and it was actually quite fun.
I do run, though, so hiking isn't something I'll be doing a lot, but I have been thinking I should discover the towns around here a little more before I move away, so I might work in a hike / walk every weekend or every other weekend...