So this morning I awoke to the sound of rain on my sky lights -- an uncommon occurrence this time of year in Phoenix. As I had to bring my car into the shop at 9am, I wanted to get going early for a hike in the mountain preserve. As I set out down the street, it was still sprinkling and I began to wonder whether I should have thought to wear a jacket of some kind. Although I love the desert after (and during) the rain. So it was a very pleasant hike and I had a spring in my step to get going so I could get back in time to bring the car to the shop.
Lots of people out hiking this morning. Some with their dogs, actually a lot of dogs this morning, and a lot of people with perfume. I am probably the only person on the trails that is not doused in perfume or cologne (don't say I didn't warn you if you happen come across me while hiking). OOF. Beautiful morning and I snapped some shots with my camera to remember the moment (although conveniently have not uploaded them as of yet).
I just read a blog this morning about exercising with or without music. Mostly when I go hiking by myself, I listen to music -- although when hiking with others or in someplace more for the hike, rather than the exercise, I do without music. Either way, I think my brain runs off to someplace warm and fuzzy once I get on the trails. Nature has always been my happy place.
So while hiking today, my thoughts fluttered to sparkpeople (I often mistakenly call us SMARTpeople -- which I don't think is really that big of a faux pas.)
This morning I realized the amount of hiking I've been doing over the last four weeks has surprised me -- mainly surprised me that my knee has been taking it without acting up (bad knee injury a year and a half ago -- ugh.) So I am thankful for a happy knee. I had thought to start the couch to 5k running program, as I've tried it a few times in the past, but never seem to get past the third week.
But it occurred to me that I've had too much physical therapy and medical attention related to my knee -- and I know that running aggravates it -- so I have decided that running is not high on my priority list these days. I used to do trail running (well I laugh when writing that now as it's a bit of a stretch because I only like to run uphill) -- but my orthopedic doctor told me to knock it off awhile back. But I'm happy to not have any permanent damage in my knee and still be able to enjoy the great outdoors.
Today I decided to wear an orange and black yoga top and black shorts along with this ridiculous hawaii-esque tropical print visor and of course my hiking shoes and a camelback water backpack -- was feeling very athletic this morning as a result. So yeah -- think total mish-mash of fashion this morning. At least I left my fluorescent green neck coolie at home.
So while hiking this morning -- and I got a good clip going -- I was feeling like a super athlete -- which is always a good feeling, despite what I may look like on the outside to the heavily perfumed co-trail hikers I would pass every now and then.
But I LOVE LOVE LOVE the feeling of being healthy and in shape.
So although I'm not where I want to be just yet -- it's motivating me to keep pushing!
It's going to be a great day!
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