I’m back at it again! Here’s the (not so brief) rundown. Let’s start with some pictures from today because pictures are fun.
Monday: 8 miles @ 8:51
Considering that I had not run and only had one day of real exercise* in three weeks, I felt like a million bucks and I ran like the wind. Fast forward 12 hours…oh my gosh was I sore.
*Wait, so you’re saying that you climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro but only had one day of real exercise for three weeks?
Yes. It turns out that the first 7589′ of elevation gain (7742′ – 15331′) are a piece of cake, like frolicking on the side of a mountain.
That said, the last 4010′ of elevation gain (done all in one final push to the summit) can be a doozie. I’ll get into that more in a different post, but let’s just say that somewhere above Stella Point (~18886′) I stopped to take off a boot, stick a shoe warmer to my sock, and re-boot.
That whole shoe exercise left me with the same general feeling as I would have at the 3 mile marker in a 5K. I was feeling pretty pathetic about it until I summoned the energy to turn my head and look at Chris. He had just completed a shoe warmer changing operation as well and he seemed to be equally hurting.
Note: It probably did not help matters that we had neglected to eat anything except for two cookies each for the past 12 hours (6 sleeping, 6 climbing). No, I have no idea why we did that. I always recommend eating before 6 hours of moderately strenuous exercise.
Tuesday: New Rules Workout 2A1
I decided to start lifting again, I need to make some strength gains to prepare for our (proposed) next adventure. I need to be able to carry a 65 lb. backpack up 3500′ of elevation gain day in and day out. Think I have a shot at that one?
Our porters on Kilimanjaro, who were strong dudes, were not even allowed to carry that much weight. (Note: I did witness them weighing their loads on a fish scales, which I think is very important for porter safety. I am all for rules and regulations for porters and will only climb with companies who take them seriously.)
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 8:37
Once again, I was feeling crazy enough to attempt to run fast. For the record, my unofficial 10K PR is at an 8:35 pace, so this was moving for me! I did stop halfway through to refill my water though because I was drinking like Duke on a hot summer day. (That makes no sense unless you know Duke, he has a 96 oz water bowl and he’ll suck it dry several times per day in the summer.)
Thursday: New Rules Workout 2B1
When I first got out my workout log and saw how long Workout 2B is, I considered plunking down in my Stressless recliner with a cup of coffee and vegging until it was late enough to reasonably go into work. There had to be like twenty exercises in that workout.
Ok, it was less than ten.
I did make it to my Stressless (they say it is the ultimate seating experience) with my coffee before work, but not until I had completed Workout 2B1.
Friday AM: 1 mile @ 9:32
I am embarrassed to say that after I pried myself out of bed at 4:40 AM to run, I just did not have the mental fortitude to stay on the treadmill. I wanted to get off the machine after like 35 seconds, but I told myself that I had to stay on for at least a mile to see if I could get into my groove. I was decidedly not in my groove and I was not tough enough to stick it out. I headed back into the living room and whined to Chris “Will you run in the dark with me after work tonight?” Luckily he agreed.
In spite of my inability to run, I promise that I had a productive early morning anyway. I got through all of my “overnight” email while simultaneously copying all of our vacation pictures to our external hard drive.
Friday PM: 3 miles @ 9:16 (treadmill)…5 miles @ 9:50 (outside on snow and ice)
Saturday: Snowboarding…does that count as a rest day? It was supposed to be a rest day.
I use the term snowboarding loosely since our local mountain uses the term mountain so loosely. When you get off the chair at the top of the mountain, you look directly into a pasture full of cows. Enough said. Let’s take a look at the mountain stats:
Vertical drop: 400′
Considering that the mean elevation of the state of Indiana is 700′, the ski area would probably be best described as a snowboarding valley, not a snowboarding mountain. ::Pout, sniffle, sniffle::
On the bright side, I did not get mistaken for a boy this time. Win.**
**Chris says that last year’s case of mistaken identity was due to my mad shredding skills, not my physical appearance. I wonder if he is stroking my ego or just trying to keep me from going all girly girl on him?
Weekly Total: 23
January Total: 23
2011 Total: 23
Miles on Current Shoes: 303.68