Monday, May 02, 2011
Woke this morning with some energy so I decided to use it by going on a hike.
I must say that Great Falls Park was gorgeous today! I have never seen the Potomac rush over the falls like it was today and it was really quite fascinating.
I parked my car a bit further up the river than Great Falls just because I didnt want to pay and wanted to walk along the river trail since I had not done that. Definitely worth it! The only problems: forgot tissues (duh...allergy season), forgot "doggie bags" (which was ok because I wouldnt have needed any), REALLY need new hiking boots (which I figured out half-way through), forgot bug repellent (and there were lots of strange creatures landing on me), and I took a pretty good fall in the mud.
This last part was actually humorous at the time...I had the dog leash in one hand and the water bottle in the other and just slipped and landed on my left hand and butt. Unfortunately I landed harder than I thought on my hand and now my wrist and elbow hurt, so does my left thigh and calf (not to mention my rear) so I must have twisted or something on my way down.
At least my dog was good- he is getting really great at going down rocks or whatever and then actually waiting for me. He also was kind enough to wait for me to pick myself up out of the mud! Unfortunately he did find some horse poop to roll around in for a second (and goose droppings as well) which is obviously not the best thing!
The only other bad part was that my HRM only picked up 60 minutes of my 90 minute hike. I did do the math to figure out my calorie burn, but that wont work for mileage considering there were rocks and detours and such that would be inaccurate mileage-wise. Since we will be doing some hiking in CO and UT this summer I want to be able to easily do a four mile hike and figured today would be a good day to see what my current distance is that I can do easily, but that didnt work out so well.
That is ok though- the day is gorgeous and it wasnt crowded...and oh the scents of spring in the air! And now Sammy (the dog) is sleeping away and I have washed the mud off of my body (and out of my hair) and will now be taking some Tylenol and potassium so that I do not become even more sore than I am!
And oh yeah, I realized while trying to step out of the shower that I forgot to stretch! Oops!