I'm so glad my knee is letting me tolerate exercise again - especially today.I have REALLY missed doing an intense workout and working up a great sweat. :)
Last night my youngest son had a Cub Scout "hike" which consisted of going to a local nature center and walking around their little 0.15 mile trail to talk about the stations and things in nature. We got there early so we could walk a little before the scout event since it didn't start until 7 and I didn't want to be out too late. I needed to walk 4 miles. Ken, Paul and I walked out on one of the trails about a half mile and then walked back so we could have at least one mile in. When we figured out the "hike" wasn't going to be very long or much of a workout I told my husband I was going off on my own. (with an evil grin, I might add).
So off I went. The majority of the trails are in a concentrated area and aren't too long so I started off on the red trail. It went through the woods a bit and then started to loop back to the beginning so I took off on the green trail where we were before the scouts got there. The green trail went up a hill into a meadow with beautiful views. Photos:
Then the trail came upon a sign to the Nature Trail that was WAYYYYYYYYYYYY down at the bottom of the hill (huge hill I might add!). With a little grin to myself, I hesitated and then turned to go down the hill. I was only at 2.5 miles so it couldn't hurt to go farther, could it? Naaahhh! LOL! I was having a blast! The cool thing about this place is that each trail has something different on it. There is a meadow, a pine forest, a regular tree forest, a boardwalk over wetlands - it has it all and there are tons of different views. Here are photos of the nature trail and observation deck:
I didn't get to do the whole trail because Ken and Paul were done and wanted me to come back but the coolest thing I saw was the bridge - it looked COMPLETELY different going over it one way than the other. Here are the pics:
It was beautiful and I keep realizing with every hike that Wisconsin is definitely a beautiful state that we take for granted. The nature center is about 5-6 miles from my house. It's amazing and it was an awesome walk.
4 miles DONE!
Today I broke out the Les Mills Combat DVD's and did the Combat 30 workout to see what it was all about. I watched the basics DVD on my computer to see if I thought my knee could handle it. I decided to try it. It ROCKED! It totally got bonus points from me because there was one person who did the workout modified for low impact so I was excited that I could follow her.
It was hard and my knee got tired, but it held up pretty well. I didn't do any of the jumping so that helped a lot. But since I haven't been to Tae Kwon Do since the night before my surgery it was really nice to do a martial arts type workout.
Anyone who is interested in Beachbody workouts, let me know because I'm now a coach and can hook you up! AND they just announced last night that they came out with a VANILLA flavor! I'm so excited and can't wait to try it! Love it!
Have a great weekend everyone!