Even though since I’ve stopped food journaling I may or may not eat the majority of my meals on paper napkins, I still “run”.
Lately, I’ve taken a break from the gym. I don’t know why, but I just haven’t really been feelin’ the elliptical or the weight room in the past few weeks. I think I burned myself out a little earlier this summer so now I’m just relaxing a bit about the whole thing.
It feels nice.
I have been into yoga and hiking lately though! On Sunday, I took a solo five mile hike through a local state park and today Cindy and I went on a pretty intense six mile hike up through the Redwood forest. Minor details (previously unbeknown to me) include the fact that our hike today was classified as “advanced-strenuous” and included a 1100 foot climb. Oh yeah, and it was one hundred degrees out–the hottest day yet this year in Sonoma County.
I thought this bench at the top marked the gate to Heaven above, but I was very wrong.
Cindy and I seem to have a track record with unintentionally going on “advanced-strenuous hikes”, and only once did I have to throw water on Cindy’s head when she thought she was about to black out after we took a wrong turn and mistook a baby deer for a ferocious mountain lion.
The views at the top were great though!
And luckily no one actually blacked out. I kept us hydrated and we fed each other gummy bears whenever times got tough. Afterwards, we staggered into a Guerneville coffee shop demanding beverages and I slurped down both an iced vanilla latte and a quart of water in record speed.
When I finally got home I shut off all the lights, closed all the blinds and ate a bowl of gazpacho by the air conditioning, happy to be alive.
So yes, I still “run” and have not just become a double chocolate muffin eating seal, beached on my couch. My legs were meant to be in motion, even though that motion might not be in the form of running races or biking one hundred miles. I’m cool with it…..how you choose to exercise is sort of whatever floats your boat, ya know?
I think I need a glass of wine.