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Fit2Feast Day 5 A Voluntary Butt-Kicking and Hiking Pics

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Ever have one of those days where you say to yourself, "Man, I really need a good butt kicking today!"? Yeah, most people don't lol

Well, I had one of those moments today. I found this gem on

This workout is no joke! There were multiple times where I wanted to slow down or stop, but I wanted to push myself and be able to post my blog today and be proud of what I accomplished. How uncool would it be if I posted this link, but had to caveat that I only did half of the workout? (I'll tell ya- VERY UNCOOL!) I know I didn't burn 1,000 calories, but probably burned somewhere between 400-500.

Onto the hike...

Something interesting happened to me on Saturday about 2 hours into our hike. We hiked down the peak after our snack break and then started a really steep ascent up to the next peak. When I say really steep, I mean like .5mph, calves burning, can't catch your breath steep. I was doing the 'one foot in front of the other,' and concentrating on my breathing. I had this weird surge of motivation and mental clarity, like I was supposed to push my body harder and further than I thought it could go. Like I should take myself to places I'd never seen and experience thing I'd never experienced. I'm not really one of those people who gets all philosophical, but there I was, having a moment on the side of the mountain.

I told DH about if a few hours later after we'd gotten through the ridge trail and into the valley. And I told him I wanted to sign up for another half marathon and continue to push myself. Of course he was his usual supportive self.

The purpose of that, I guess, was to put my "need a good butt-kicking" into perspective. I love that moment when I realize I am past that place where I thought I could go. And I want to be there more often.

Packing up after the first night

View from our first campsite

One of the 15ish river crossings (thankfully, it was really low!)

Testing out the stone chair and table at our 2nd campsite

Dinner (Old El Paso makes these microwaveable packets with chicken, rice and beans. Boiled the packet, added some string cheese and folded it up in a tortilla)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SDLEE514 11/12/2013 9:34AM

    Guess I'm in the minority, but I too really like a good butt kicking workout! Love your moment of clarity, what inspiration! Great pics too! I'd love to be more adventurous like that

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BOSS61 11/8/2013 2:14PM

    If ever I need a good butt kicking in the form of uber-exercise, rest assured it was someone else's idea. Marathons I can do (long sessions in the gym, miles and miles of laps in the pool) if time allows, but in terms of intensity? No thank you, ma'am!

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PINKBEANBOO 11/7/2013 12:44PM

    Your pictures are beautiful - and so are you!

I'm very thankful you introduced me to Fitness Blender. As a matter of fact, I used them yesterday & today. The one you posted here is a long one. I'm going to have to do it sometime in the next week.

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/6/2013 10:44AM

    "I love that moment when I realize I am past that place where I thought I could go. And I want to be there more often." You managed to capture in two sentences, everything that I've felt and thought in the past five months of my life. I'm seriously going to print that out and pin it to my pinboard beside my desk. This post was such an incredible pleasure to read, and so sincerely inspiring! That moment you had on the side of the mountain blew me away, thanks for sharing that - those are defining moments, and I'm so amazed that you walked away from that experience determined to run another half marathon. You're always stronger than you think you are, I'm so happy to be friends with you at this point in your life and in your journey! :-D

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PHILLYPHOENIX 11/6/2013 5:55AM

    That's the workout I did on Halloween and omg I was soooo sore for the next couple days!!! Those Arnold presses made my ribcage hurt! You know it's a great workout when your whole body aches! Way to go on finishing it! I was pretty impressed that I made it all the way through as well.

Oh, and I finally did a couple blogalites workouts on Monday! At first her peppy girlishness was really annoying me and I almost turned it off, but the exercises she was doing were kinda different and pretty challenging, so I stuck with it and ended up not minding her so much. Annoying or not, she is in great shape and her workouts are not for wimps! Thanks for the recommendation.

That hiking looks awesome! I am jealous. I did some butt-kicking hiking in Peru a few years back and thought I was going to die trying to get up those steep inclines, especially with the pack on my back. It really is an amazing feeling of accomplishment to reach the top!

You rock, Christy! I have no doubt you can do whatever you put your mind to!!!

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