On Monday my family and I went on a little adventure to Minnewaska State Park near New Paltz, New York. The last time I went hiking up there was the fall of my senior year of high school (back in 2006). The foliage was breathtaking and it was a phenomenal hike. Monday was the perfect day to hike. I was glad I had the day off and was able to absorb some quality time with mother nature. Little did I know mother nature wanted to kick my butt (literally- since my glutes were on fire!).
The hike up (we were hiking to a lake-3+ miles up) was phenomenal. We took our time and really got in touch with nature. It was meditative and peaceful. One of the things I have learned so far from Integrative Nutrition is, it’s important to take time for yourself, for meditation, silence and relaxation. This was ethereal.
Once we got to lake Awosting we were pretty fatigued but we dove right into the most majestic and relaxing body of water EVER.
After a mini siesta and a healthy lunch (I had an avocado, sun-dried tomato, spinach, red onion half sandwich and munched on some almonds) we made our way down. We did not realize how exhausted we were until we hit the 45 minute mark. It took nearly 2 hours to get to the lake and we were determined to get out of there and back to the car in less than that. I grumbled on my way down and gave my mother the “are we there yet” look.
I consider myself to be in pretty good shape and go to the gym and exercise regularly but the hike back down made my legs feel like overcooked spaghetti. I don’t know about you but I love the burn after a great workout but this just felt dreadful. I was hot, damp from my swim and sweat and thirsty. My once cold water was now lukewarm and unbearable. But just knowing I was so close motivated me to keep going. That’s truly important for any workout (don’t hurt yourself though)- don’t give up on yourself, keep pushing and know your desired result is right around the corner.
After an hour and 20 minutes we finally made it back to the car. My legs melted into my seat and I relaxed completely. Even though it was tiring, this was truly worth every mile.
Luckily, I had enough energy to stop off at a farmers market to pick up some organic peaches and blueberries and cook a light and delicious dinner when I got home.
You bet I slept well that night!
Now to find something to eat for dinner…
Peace, love, hiking and no beef,