My First Hike in Years - It Was Tough But I Made It
Sunday, July 04, 2010
I hadn't hiked in many, many years but when I was invited to go on a hike recently, after some initial hesitation, I said yes. While I kind of stressd out over it a little last night, I just didn't want to slow the group down because I couldn't keep up. I just wanted to finish the hike, even if I was last.
The hike was a hike up Mt. McCoy and onto to the Reagan Library that was nearly 3.5 miles long. I know that doesn't sound like much but the hike was considered a moderate hike and it was a steep climb for the first half of the walk where I struggled to keep up.
I thought my 4mi walks up and around my neighborhood would be good practice but they weren't. They didn't prepare me for the hike up the mountain. If there was one thing I learned today it was that I need a lot more practice building up my strength and stamina.
I want to do the next hike (the group has an easy hike scheduled in a couple of weeks) and hopefully a few more weeks of building up my strength and stamina will serve me a little better.
It was a good day and I'm glad I went even if I am really sore now. It was good that I stepped out of my comfort zone (of just walking my neighborhood) and put myself out there to try something new as well as meet some new people.
One good thing though, after tracking my fitness for the day, I have banked some extra calories for tomorrow. I'm going to a BBQ and as long as I make some healthy choices, I should be able to indulge just a little - I promise not a lot, just a little.
Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone.