If any of you have been following my blog from the beginning, I used to talk a lot about running and training for Tough Mudder. Right about the time I started the blog, I also signed up for Tough Mudder with my sister. We weren’t actually able to participate that year because my sister ended up in the hospital and is still trying to find her new “normal”, and last year was just a bust when it comes to exercise.
There were a couple of things I found out through that journey, though. The first is that I love to exercise. I love how it makes me feel and as long as I make it a scheduled routine in my life, I follow it pretty precisely. The second is that I don’t necessarily love all exercise. We were doing a lot of cross training for Tough Mudder and I realized I didn’t like it at all, although I did notice that it helped with my running times and endurance.
I already knew that I loved running outside, but if there was any sort of adverse weather (I live in northern Utah, so we have quite a bit of crappy weather), I just didn’t do it. And once I stop exercising, it is hard to get back into the routine. The app I use for running outside is called Runtastic. It tracks my distances and my pace, as well as how many calories I burn. I love the app, although I don’t use it much anymore since I started going to the gym in October of last year. I think I will start running outside again once the weather is nicer. I still prefer that to the elliptical or the treadmill.
Last year, I’m sad to say that I hardly ran at all, but the one thing I rediscovered was my love for hiking. I spent quite a few years waiting for my friends and family to go hiking with me. We ended up going a few times, but not nearly as much as I wanted. Last year, I was fed up and decided to take matters into my own hands. I went on a few hikes with the family but I also went on a few by myself.
The app I found and love for hiking is called AllTrails. It shows me the trails near me and actually maps how to get there. It also shows reviews from other hikers and their experience on the trail. I went on a trail earlier in the year before I found the app and ended up getting totally lost because there was a fork in the trail that led to the waterfall I was trying to find and I missed it entirely. It always helps to be prepared, especially when you are hiking unfamiliar trails.
I finally feel that I have a workout schedule that works for me, and I also have a fabulous partner (my boyfriend) who keeps me motivated. I miss running and competing with my sister, but right now, I hope she knows I’m doing it for the both of us.
I hope you all have a blessed week!
Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around With Bee. Our prompt today was “An app I love for mindfulness or a healthier life”. We are also combining today’s post with Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.