Monday, February 27, 2012

Twice in a week!

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.

1 comment:

  1. Great job Heather!

    Do you want me to text you when I get up to ride??? :-p