training on and on

So the training continues. I’m getting lots of miles in.  I think I’ve said before that training for a major event is like having a part-time job.  Once I get off work, I go home and immediately work out – either walk or strength training.  After that, I have about an hour to eat, shower, and get ready for work the next day.  I use my Saturday or Sunday morning for my long-mile walk.  Last weekend I walked 10 miles on Sunday, which took me just a bit over three hours.  I’m slow but I get it done.  I’m enjoying all the exercise, and it feels great when I’m done each time, but I’m also looking forward to the first 2-3 months of 2018 when I can cut back on my mileage and have a little more free time.  For example, my long-term plan is to do one long walk (six miles) a week on the weekend, and the longest I’ll walk during the week is 3-4 miles about three days a week.  Hopefully that will give me time to sneak in a little more crafting, but also keep me in shape for hikes.

But for now I train seriously. Rosie and I are going camping with other family for Thanksgiving.  So instead of going shopping on Black Friday (which I never do), I’ll be trying to get in a 9-mile hike if Rosie can make it that far.  She is typically only good for about 5 miles, but I’m hoping with the cooler weather, she can last a little longer with me.

I’ve never posted a picture of my campsite so here’s what it looks like when I’ve got everything out and set up.  This is from our last trip which was to Palo Duro in early October.  It’s funny – it kinda looks like a mess to me now, but it didn’t seem that way at the time.

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And if you were to sit in one of those chairs and kick back, this is the view you would have …

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And that is what I love most about camping – being out in nature with a view like this.  Can’t wait to get back out there later this week.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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