Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Well, I'm trying to get my mountain miles in, but mother nature is not exactly cooperating. DH and I headed for Pilot Mountain yesterday after work, but by the time we got to the trailhead it was pouring rain and thundering and lightening. I can deal with the rain, but not the lightening. We waited it out for a while until the rain eased up and we could no longer hear thunder and set out on the trail. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before we could hear a new round of thunder approaching. So, it wasn't a very long hike (1 mile), but I sure got my heart rate up because I was trying to hurry back to the car. I'm hoping the weather will be better this evening when I get off work, but they're calling for storms every evening this week. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of hiking this weekend to catch up.
Total miles for July - 3.4 miles (36.6 more to go)
Monday, July 07, 2008
I recently read a blog from another SP member who set a personal challenge for the month of June. It was interesting reading her entries and seeing how she was doing toward reaching her goal, which she did. Reading and keeping up with this really motivated me, so I decided that I would set a new goal for myself. My personal challenge is to hike a total of 40 miles during the month of July. This cannot include walking at any of our local parks, but rather has to be mountain hiking up and down hills, so most of this will probably be at Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock. I started hiking more over the last few months, but after breaking a rib I slacked off for a while. Now it's time to begin serious preparation for my backpacking trip planned for next June.
I will update this blog every time I complete miles with the date and location. I hope to do more than 40, but I have to get in at least that much. At the end of this month, I'll decide what my goal for August will be. So, here I go.
2.4 miles - 07/05/08 - Pilot Mountain
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Did you know that the hobby of photography can actually be a dangerous thing? Okay, maybe not for everyone, but when you are someone who is prone to accidents, you have to take extra precautions. And when you love to hike, with a digital SLR hanging around you neck, falling down can be a very bad thing.
Yep, that's what I learned this week. You see, there is something about my family. My DH (and my sisters' husbands) all joke about our family. They said there is something called the Elswick (my maiden name) clutz gene that everyone in my family has. I'm beginning to think it's true. I won't even go in to all of my past accidents, but it seems one of us 4 girls always have some type of injury of our own making.
Last Wednesday evening DH and I decided to do a short hike after work so we went on a trail we'd never been on before. Because it was getting late, I began to hurry (usually what leads to my injuries) down the trail. I was also carrying my Olympus digital SLR and had it hanging around my neck. I swear I never saw that little root growing all the way across the trail, but sticking about 4 inches up off the ground. It was just enough to catch my foot in and send me propelling into a forward dive toward the ground. Now, I probably would have escaped with my usual beat up knees and hands, but this time I landed right on my camera. The result? A huge, rectangular, colorful (purple, blue, yellow) imprint the size of my camera right in the center of my torso just below my sternum and a fractured rib. Nothing to do but just wait it out since there's really nothing they can do for a fractured rib.
Okay, so that's the bad news. The good news is that it should be healed by the time we leave for vacation on August 9th. Even better news is that my camera somehow managed to escape any injury (my body absorbed most of the shock). That was especially good since I have already destroyed one digital SLR (a former clutz gene accident). I had only had my first one for about 4 months when I again slipped on slickrock on Utah and smashed it on the rocks. The dirt path this time was a lot more forgiving than pure rock, so this time I don't have to worry about replacing another camera.
Okay, so that's my story this week. I did manage to get in a short 2 mile hike with my best friend this morning. Thank God for ibuprofen. Now if the heat wave here will just end.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I went last Monday evening and bought a new digital scale. My old one was REALLY old and worn out. I was so excited when I brought my new scale home because it has settings for 4 different users so you can track your progress on it also. It also measures your body fat and BMI.
Now the bad part. When I weighed myself, it showed my weight between 4 and 5 pounds heavier than my old scale. I'm sure the new scale is much more accurate, so it didn't make me happy to know that my weight ticker was wrong. I didn't want to change my weight ticker because then it would look like I gained weight, so I've given myself 1 week (until next Monday) to get down to 160 on my new scale. I've been working extra hard this week and as of yesterday morning I was less than 1 pound away. Hopefully I'll make it by Monday so I don't have to see that ticker go up. Looks like it's gonna be a fruit and veggie holiday weekend!
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