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Biking and canoeing and running oh my

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Last week I took a few days off from running to let my tendons heal but I didn't want to stop so I looked for different options for exercise. I focused on strength training but still got some fun cardio in. First came at a spur of the moment trip to the zoo with my daughter and her twins. Since we only had a short time before the zoo closed we opted to rent one of the bikes. It's times like this when you are pushing two kids in a basket that you realize how heavy they are and how many hills there are. The park was pretty empty so we got to fly around the entire place without worrying about running people over, which turned out was a really good thing my daughter kept forgetting she was in charge of the brake. An hour of peddling, the girls were having so much fun ringing the bell they didn't want to get out and just pointed to the animals as we flew by.

A dreary Sunday didn't hold me back. My son came over with his canoes and we headed across the street to the river. Lots of wildlife around, including a deer swimming across the channel. I loved spending the afternoon on the water and want to start looking for a kayak.

Today was another drizzly day but my new runners arrived and I wanted to put them through their paces (pun completely intended)

I wanted to push myself so headed out to the new trail I've been testing out. There are hills on this one. Let me rephrase that, there are HILLS on this one. In a space of 3KM there are three hills. Each starts out at the lake and then does an insane, steep grind up. Each hill is higher than the last. The second photo is from the top of the second hill, that's the lake way down below. By the third hill I pretty much wanted to lay in the dirt and just take a nap. I don't think we can call the pace that I did on the third KM "running". We could call it slow walking, crawling, creeping; any of those, but not running. When I got 3KM out I then turned, a tear falling from my eye and I informed myself (I was in deep denial) that we had to do those again on the way back. This run has no downhill reward on this run. The hills were very slow going but once I got back down from the last one I picked up my pace and was happy with my time. I'll do a flatter run tomorrow, a day off and then try this one again. As hard as it was, it was very satisfying.

Good news, my runners supported my heels really well and while I could feel the tendons they never got bad enough to make me want to stop. Darn shoes not giving me an excuse not to do the hills.

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    I'm so envious of the lake and the trails and everything around your house and especially since it's within walking distance of your home! That's so cool that they have those bikes at the zoo! They don't have those here. What a great option. I'd like to try kayaking too. If only I had a lake in my neighborhood!
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    You live in a beautiful place and are taking advantage of it. I need to find some wilderness or river to explore. You are an excellent example for the two young granddaughters and the rest of us!!!
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    LOVE the pictures. I can hear your little angels squealing w/delinght in the zoo!
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    Three beautiful days! Love the twins on the bike with you and their mom, the kayak on the lake, and WOW the running trail is lovely.
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