I Love Hiking, Volume I
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I love hiking. I really, really, really love it. I finally got out on the trail today. It was supposed to rain, but it only ever sprinkled. Everything was nice and wet and vibrant, but not too much mud. It was humid though. I was expecting only a few hills but it turned out to be pretty much constant hills, so I got a better workout than expected. And we were out there a good 2.5 hours, which is the longest hike, time-wise, for us so far.
It's like I could feel myself healing psychologically. All this crap I've been dealing with lately, none of it mattered. It was just an immediate experience of the wonderful wild beyond. Then of course I got home and realized I burned a gajillion calories. THIS is why I love the new nutrition tracker at SP - because after I put my hike into my fitness tracker, I knew just how many calories I had left today. (And it's some ridiculous number like 1,500.) It looks like I am ending today with a 1,000 calorie deficit.
That hike took a lot out of me, so I've been recuperating with Diablo 3 and some juice made with my new Nutri-bullet. My assigned workout today is actually pretty intense - 50 4-count flutter kicks, 50 chest-to-deck push-ups, 50 4-count overhead claps. I think I'm good and strong for it, though, even after all that hiking.
I was down another half pound this morning and that was before the hike, so I'm pretty happy with the way things have been going lately. I'm still feeling a vegetable deficit though - going to start working on that this week.
This week is going to be crazy, folks. My boss is out of town so I'll be holding down the fort by myself, and he asked that I come into the office all five days to be on call for my coworker who is running the kids' summer camp. Being in the office all five days means about 3.5 to 4 hours of driving every day for 5 days in a row. My back is going to be killing me from all that driving, I'm sure. Monday night I have to go get my knees X-rayed.
And Tuesday will be close to a double-shift, because I'm chaperoning the children to World Team Tennis in Villanova and won't be home until like 9pm. Mostly I'm there to express gratitude to our donor who is making the World Team Tennis thing possible for these kids. It's really neat what they are doing for them - giving them free tennis rackets and a free tennis lesson and then letting one of the kids make the first serve at the game. It's going to be an exhausting day, but also probably quite fun to see the children have such a unique experience.
My Coach has come around a bit, though I ended up not taking Aleve anyway (didn't feel I needed it) so the point was moot. He says training around knee injuries is relatively easy. He really wants me to see a physical therapist, so I'm hoping my doctor will give me a scrip for that after he looks at my X-rays. My Coach also asked me to get some ankle weights, so there went some more of my fitness budget! He had an interesting suggestion today about the knee pain - wondered if it had to do with my recent vacation and eating all that sugar. He says there's a close relationship between insulin sensitivity and joint pain. Food for thought.
And that's literally all she wrote!