Serene night kayaking...
Friday, July 12, 2013
So, I went for a run today AND went kayaking this evening. I didn't have to pick one or the other because my brother decided he wanted to do another night launch on Cassadaga Lake, so I had plenty of time for both. I also walked Cooper 3 times today (with bribes) for 7.3 miles. I only ran my 2.1 mile loop today since it wasn't a scheduled run day. It only took me 16 minutes and my breathing and form were decent.
Tonight's paddle got a slightly later start than planned as Jeremy took a nap around 6pm, and didn't wake up until 8pm. He must have been tired! Then we couldn't find one of the headlamps, which is necessary gear for a night paddle. I ended up borrowing one from my dad. (We found the missing one after we had reloaded the kayaks after our paddle.) I love paddling in the dark. Well, I should qualify that as I love paddling in the dark... on water I know really, really well. The water was mirror flat tonight, and the stars were out. There was a crescent moon low on the horizon in the West, but it didn't provide much light. I also spotted two shooting stars. (That must be good luck!)We saw a Great Horned Owl before it got all the way dark, and listened to the Screech Owls for a while. We also interrupted a couple of beavers who were not amused and slapped their tails at us. They are loud when they do that. Jeremy said he wanted to do a leisurely paddle tonight, but I wanted to practice the proper form for my forward stroke, so I ended up only putting about 30% into my stroke. It was pretty effortless. At that intensity I think I could paddle for hours... comfortably. It took us just over 90 minutes to paddle about 5 miles, so we were doing a pretty steady pace of 3.5ish mph. I like paddling with my brother because we can paddle for an hour in silence and it doesn't feel awkward. Some folks we have paddled with are constantly talking or fidgeting, and it drives both of us batty.
I am not certain if I will get a run in tomorrow, as I am walking the dog first thing in the morning, then going out to my parents' house to make lunch for us all. If the wind is minimal then Jeremy and I will attempt to paddle some more of the Lake Erie shoreline. Last time we got as far as Evangola State Park, so we would launch from there, and see how far towards Buffalo we can get in a set amount of time.
I switched to the new fitness and nutrition tracker set up, and with everything I did today it says I should have eaten nearly 4,000 calories today! Not happening!! I can't imagine eating that much. I know I routinely used to eat that way, which is how I got to be 320 pounds in the first place, but I have so completely changed my habits and expectations in the last two years, that now I can't imagine eating that much in one day. Two days? Sure, but not one day. So, I am going to stick with 2,000 to 2,500 calories today, and see what the tracker says tomorrow.