Hiking, that is ;) Hit the trails at South Mountain again on Friday. My legs were a little sore from my elliptical intervals on Wednesday, but I was determined.
For years I've hiked in silence, with just the sounds of my breathing or the birds to keep me company. When Brian and I hike together, we tend to space ourselves far apart enough so we are in our own thoughts. However, I really need to pick up the pace on my hikes. Hiking into the Canyon is going to be a long, long day. I really don't want to take 10 hours to hike in. So, in addition to training to hike longer distances, I'm also working on hiking those distances at a faster pace. I tend to move faster when I have great music to listen to. I loaded my iPod shuffle with new music and hit the trail ready to move.
Wow! What a huge difference! I shaved a lot of time off our hike on Friday and finished the 2.4 miles in an hour, which included a water break for the dogs. I have strict instructions from my trainer/doctor to warm up slowly for 10 minutes and finish with a slow 10 minute cool down, so that factors into my time. I'm going to be shooting for 3/mph on these easy hikes, if not better.
This week my trainer/doctor and I are going to be taking a hard look at what I'm eating. I'm eating better than I was, but I know I have some things I need to change. What I really like about him is that he's never going to tell me what I can't eat, but rather teach me how and when to eat the things I love (hello there Mr. Ice Cream).
He also said something this morning in passing - I've got to start exercising in the morning. Ugh, double ugh. I am not a morning person. Dragging myself out of bed at 7am kills me. 5 or 6? Can I just cry now? But, it is such a huge kick-start for my metabolism that I'd be crazy not to try. Just, you know, not very happy.