I love a good string of cuss words, especially used for self-motivation. When I confidently declare, “I’m not here to f*cking f*ck around,” you best not mess with me. With the race date fast approaching, and my training woefully behind schedule, and understanding that is was ME instigating eight other friends to do the race together, it was painfully obvious that I needed to get my crap together and stop being so flummoxed by the bad weather, my dogs’ aging, general angst/distraction about what is next for me, or just good old fashioned procrastination. I knew it was time to get my ass up the hill on a hike, since I knew I was not ready for any run over five miles but needed a good strong workout. Plus, I had to get on with my day with the family, and make it to my bikini wax appointment on time. Priorities!
Above is the RunKeeper synopsis of my workout. RunKeeper is a free iPhone (and now, Android) app which uses GPS tracking to compile your mileage and, bonus, your elevation if hiking. You create a profile with all your stats and what activities you do and can then share it all on Facebook or within the RunKeeper network. I do not use any app that posts my GPS whereabouts publicly, so I just use it for my own stats analysis in the private profile format. I am also wary of bringing my iPhone which is made of GLASS on a run with me, so hiking is the perfect place to use this. My water belt has a pouch that holds the phone nicely, so I feel more comfortable that I am not jostling the glass all over the place on a long run.
Today’s workout was exactly what I wanted to get done in less than an hour. The climb is steep and strenuous and the ridge line allows for steep ups and downs to challenge a whole body workout. Now I know exactly what the three mile course looks like and when I go up the hill again and longer, I will mark that too. And killing 500 calories in 50 minutes is always a bonus, hooray hiking! Because, as I say, I’m not here to f*cking f*ck around.