This morning when I woke up I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to feel because when I got home from run club last night they were very tired from the workout. Just going up and down the stairs was tough but at the same time I like that feeling because I know I have then worked hard. I headed downstairs before the alarm went off this morning and started to prepare lunches, have coffee and get my hiking backpack ready for my workout.
I had decided last night that I would walk to work with my backpack full of things and then do stair and hill repeats at work. I wanted to do more training for our hike later this month and even though the morning was grey it was warm when I left the house at 6:00am. I was hoping to see a beautiful sunrise but that wasn’t the case. I arrived at work around 6:40am and was greeted by a deer just before I headed down the hill. I could walk right by him and he would just look at me and didn’t run. That was something I couldn’t do in Nova Scotia because they always ran and were never close by humans.
As I went down the hill to Royal Roads and looked over the LIC building I could see the mountains in the background but by 7:20am the weather had changed. The fog had rolled in along with some wind and the repeats I was doing started to become not so much fun. I continued on though for another ten minutes because that was the time I had told myself I would work out until and I needed to get ready for work by 7:30am.
I did at least five hill repeats of the big hill as you come on to campus and did the same amount of stair repeats of the stairs by the LIC. I found the stairs gave me more of a tired feeling in my legs but I know that I need to be able to carry my pack on varying degrees of terrain so I would just alternate between stairs and the hill every other time.
By the time I was done my workout I didn’t feel too bad and I was happy for that because I like to think it means I am adjusting to carrying the pack on my back. I was out for an hour and 15 minutes and was only carrying 21 pounds today but tomorrow I will add more weight. Tanya and I are going to do my favorite set of stairs and when I told her how many there are she cringed a bit. My plan is to set a certain number of stair repeats for us to do so we have a goal to work towards.
I am enjoying my new workouts and look forward to more hikes with my pack and getting to know Tanya better.