My current favorite song: “I Ain’t Hiding” by the Black Crowes. I can’t stop listening to it!! 🙂
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My hips are feeling much better, thank goodness! I have tried holding back as much as possible while running this week, and I think it has helped. I also think my daily (sometimes twice/day) walks with Baby H and Pablo have helped loosen me up.
I had a 6 mile run last night, and it went very well. I was tired, and most of the run was in the dark, but the cool, crisp air felt awesome. I ran it in 47 minutes, so a 7.8 minute mile. And that was holding back! 🙂
I intended to get up at 5AM to go to yoga, but I didn’t sleep well. I woke up with a horrible stomach ache (we made fried macaroni and cheese balls for dinner last night, and I think I overdid it…they were so yummy!), so I decided I would go to yoga tonight instead. I feel pretty rested, so I am happy with my decision.
**I am really into ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) right now. Listening to “Time” album (there’s a song titled, “Julie Don’t Live Here”), and had to also get “Turn to Stone” (song) in addition**
6AM yoga class today. Ouch. My body was super tight, and not moving very well. 😦 My shoulders were already burning before I was even done with the first breathing exercise, and I felt like I was barely even in the pose in Half Moon Pose: I did NOT look like the woman in this picture. My body was not bending very well. I hurt.
I did start to feel a little better as the warmth of the room warmed my body up, but my lower back and shoulders were very, very sore. 😦
I need to go to yoga a lot this week. My body is feeling sore and stiff. I think part of it is Pablo’s fault. When I took him for a walk on Friday he saw some puppies who he wanted to play with. He bounced very fast, pulling me with him. I had to plant my feet to keep from getting pulled over, and the whole right side of my body was yanked. I definitely felt it Saturday, BUT I got a surprise massage, which helped SOOOO much.
I tried to get to yoga yesterday, but didn’t make it. I also wanted to take advantage of the nice weather, so I went for a great 5 mile run outside! I felt like I could have run forever. I had new shoes, and my new favorite Pandora running station, Crystal Method, played amazing songs. I was running with a smile on my face (even though the Seahawks lost).
I know I keep saying I am having amazing weekends, but this past weekend was the best one yet. AND, one of the best weekends I have had in a while. 🙂
The great weekend started on Friday. Less than an hour after I wrote my last blog entry about wanting to do another challenge, I got an email from a friend I met on our Mt. Adams climb about a multi-day hike/climb/camping trip the middle of August (not confirmed yet). He also mentioned a hike for Sunday. Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for. Oh, the timing. 🙂
Saturday, the weather was a little gray and dreary, which was perfect, actually, since I had a lot of errands to run. I went for a run, then Pablo and I went for a walk, then I went to the vet to pick up some paperwork for Pablo, then I went to REI to get a couple of hiking things, then Pablo and I went to the lake for a quick swim (the sun had just started to come out), then I went home to get ready for dinner and a concert (Silversun Pickups). The show was awesome. They are really, really good. I realized why I like them so much: lots and lots of chord changes. 🙂
Sunday, I woke up pretty early and took Pablo for a quick walk before I headed east to meet for my hike. (Pablo stayed home for this hike. I don’t think he would have made it). We went to Granite Mountain: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/GraniteMountain_7602.asp. It was a really good hike. Hard, but fun. Unfortunately, the clouds never lifted, so we weren’t able to see the amazing views from the top. 😦 And, it was pretty cold up there, too. It took us 1:49.50 to get up, and about the same amount of time to get down. Going down is not my favorite nor my strongest. My poor knees do not like it. I used poles toward the end, which definitely helped. I managed to escape debilitating pain. 🙂 I felt really good at the end of the hike, actually. I got very, very relaxed on the ride home.
When I got home, I took Pablo for another walk. On our walk, Pablo found some more friends. We walked by a house with 4 kids playing in the yard. Pablo planted all fours when we walked by and stared. The mom saw Pablo and started gushing how cute he was. That was all he needed to invite himself in their yard to play. We ended up staying close to a half hour! The mom and I chatted while Pablo rolled around with the four children, who ranged in age from 20 months up to 8. He was in heaven! The mom and I chatted about a lot, including relationships and yoga, and she then pulled out a sampling of yoga mat bags she was selling for her sister who lives in Brooklyn. They were hand sewn by her sister, and they were beautiful. She put one aside for me and gave me her card so I could pick it up when I had money with me. Have I mentioned how shy my dog is? Man, at this rate, we are going to know all of West Seattle soon!
After Pablo and I got home, I got ready to go to “Sunday Funday” with my hiking friend. Sunday Funday was down on Beach Drive in West Seattle. I arrived to a breathtaking view to the west (we saw a spectacular sunset), the most amazing food I had eaten in a while (homemade salmon burgers, a delicious crab concoction (fresh crab on toast with melted cheddar cheese on top), ribs, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and chili (I only ate the salmon burgers and the crab). After the sunset, we all settled inside to watch Entourage. It was a fantastic Sunday Funday…all day of it!