Monday, November 11, 2013
This weekend I hiked/ran 9 miles with my 3 nephews, my SIL and my hubby. The boys did great and we all had fun. It was supposed to be a semi-level route but there were lots of small hills, obstacles, and puddles.
I love the idea of getting more and more miles under my legs and I dream of the calories I'm going to burn but eating for weight loss has to take a back burner. Eating to stay fueled in order to go the distance and prevent legs and all from getting tired is counter weight-loss intuitive. While I may be the only one of us really watching calories, it was hard to make everyone understand hike/running 9 miles uses a lot of energy and we had to eat/drink before we felt the need. We managed energy well enough that I was still able to run with one of the nephews the last 1/2 mile or so of the 9 miles. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it was more up than down and was after several longer periods of running.
I wish I had good pictures, but our camera's settings were goofed up and my camera phone must have been smudged. I need to learn to slow down when I hike - I am so driven to keep my heart rate up and make time. I was the pace setter for this hike because the boys had something scheduled later, but I could have spared time to take a few nice pictures. I guess photography just isn't as much of a motivation right now as it has been in the past.
I'm still with the trail running group. We're doing a challenge for points through the winter to keep us motivated. While I don't expect to win - there are a lot of hard core runners in the group - I'm motivated to get a few extra points. There are different points for various elements that make running or just getting off the couch to get outside a challenge - from drizzle, to rain, howling wind, animal encounters, darkness, puddles and points for losing shoes in mud, blood (our own - we can't cut someone for points. HA HA), tears (again, our own), etc. Thanks to mother nature, I'm set to get over 20 points my first week plus I have a strange wild-animal encounter yet to be awarded points.
It's a beautiful day here - the sun is starting to come out and it would be a great day to go for a walk/run but I wouldn't get any points. I may head out to a trail to at least look for a puddle to make it worth something. I think running in the sunshine this time of year and in this part of the country should be worth bonus points. But I'm not going to miss out on a limited opportunity for some natural vitamin D even if I don't get points.
In other news, I've been doing all of my regular and not so regular doctor visits lately. I thought I was starting "the change" based on a lot of symptoms but based on labs, that's not it and not even close. That leaves several other conditions that could be causing the problems - none of which I want to be the answer to my issues. I want answers so I can work on solutions but... Worst of all, it's highly likely that I've done "this" to myself by not taking care of myself for those years. I'm very grateful for getting healthier and for regaining most of my life back, but I can't help but mourn what could have been just a bit. The superficial stuff is bad enough but to know I've contributed and likely caused some health challenges makes me a little mad at myself. I'll be ok and I'll adapt. Once I know exactly what I am facing, I'll figure it out to the best of my ability and I can take some comfort that I CAN accomplish hard stuff.