I am coming back from a weekend getaway with my family, and starting my new job tomorrow, so while I have lots to share, I am keeping this post a little short. Continue reading 30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Day 3- Take a Hike!
This April, in honor of Earth Day, I celebrated 30 days of ZooFit and discussed all the many ways we can Eat Clean, Live Green, and Train Positive. This month I want to explore one of my pillars of ZooFit a little closer and focus on connecting to the earth in healthy ways with Experience Nature.
June is a perfect month to celebrate and explore, too. Farmers Markets are starting up, beach and hiking weather looms around us, flowers in bloom (yay allergies!), days getting longer, summer solstice. I just got a job as a park aide for the state parks, so I will be enjoying the outdoors more and more myself.
I have big plans this summer for being outdoors and my health:
- Biking more (perhaps a few rides to work)
- Swimming at Goss Lake or even the Puget Sound
- Gardening and growing tons of veggies
- Experimenting with our farm share produce and my garden veggies to eat greener, healthier, and closer to home
- Park stories
- Outdoor ZooFit workouts
- Getting my CrossFit classes outside
- Finding my own peace and my own place with the outdoors
Today was almost a rocky start to the 30 Days experiment. I thought it would be perfect, since my family went on a weekend getaway to Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. What a great way to start 30 Days of Experiencing Nature.
Only, we didn’t get outside much today. This morning I did a super quick rowing workout at home. I took my car in for an oil change, came home, washed the car off, finished packing, and hopped in the car to catch the 12:30 ferry to Port Townsend. Arriving in Port Townsend, we found a place to eat lunch and then hit the road toward Lake Crescent.
Once we arrived, I was feeling cranky, irritable, and overall discontent. I don’t know what exactly what was wrong. I had plenty of sleep. I even caught a quick nap on the way to the lodge. I had a good lunch and drank plenty of water. What was going on?
After checking in, I thought we would go for a little walk around the resort. It’s in the old Olympic forest, and on a beautiful lake, who wouldn’t want to go for a stroll? But everyone wanted to sit inside and talk. No big deal, I like talking too, but I was feeling the discontent taking a strong hold on my overall psyche. It was visible to my family as well.
I shook off a couple “What’s wrong?” questions and socialized for a bit. Then I stood up and just announced, “I’m going for a run.”
It wasn’t an invitation. I just knew I needed to get outside for a little bit. I found a short trail called the Moments in Time Trail, which claimed to be a .6 mile loop. I jogged to the trail, and was instantly a lot calmer, a lot less stressed out, and a bit more energized and focused.
I jogged around the trail twice. It didn’t feel like more than a mile. It was short, sweet, and just the dose I needed. I don’t know if it was the alone time, the exercise, or being outdoors, but I felt a lot better afterwards. It could have been a combination of all three. I am an introvert and being around people is incredibly draining for me. I re-energize by spending time alone. I have also been on a huge exercise streak, where I have sustained a cardio workout for an average of thirty minutes every day, so the exercise was probably something my body was literally craving. And I think psychologically, my mind needed to go outside. I mean, why else did we come to the Olympics if not to experience nature?
I came back to my family, changed clothes and went to dinner. I was in a much better mood and able to joke about my crankiness earlier.
I really like our hotel, except a couple annoyances like no WiFi in the rooms. They have a plaque explaining their sustainability practices. Compostable cups, signs encouraging us to unplug and turn off lights, and a recycling bin in our room. They also don’t have any televisions. I didn’t even notice that until my parents mentioned it. There are games in the lodge lobby, and yard games like badminton and croquet for anyone to use. There are kayaks to rent, tours to sign up to take, and tons of trails. We don’t need a stinking TV. Nature is our entertainment this weekend, and I intend to live deep indeed.
“We run. We’re slower than a herd of sloths stampeding through a batch of nutella. But we run.” Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 9- The Return of the Sloth Army
Welcome to April, folks. Spring is in the air. Puddle-stompers and Sloth Army runners are gearing up for another fun-filled season. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit
I will have to admit a little factoid about myself. My fitness program is heavily influenced by CrossFit. I have a strange love-hate relationship with CrossFit, but for the most part, and I do mean a majority of my feelings are quite positive. CrossFit offers camaraderie that I have never experienced before. They also offer a huge variety which I greatly appreciate in a workout program. And most of the time, they are very positive reinforcement and encouragement driven. Continue reading Conservation Hero WODs
Being an avid non-runner, I look for opportunities to avoid the exercise at all costs. However, with the Sloth Army Running Club in full swing and meeting twice a week for runs, I can’t escape it. Coming up with running workouts on Thursdays is pretty easy, I have a slew of them. Coming up with interesting longer runs for Sundays is somewhat more difficult. I decided for today’s trail run, I’d revert a little to my background as an educator/naturalist and give an interpretive narration throughout the 2 mile run. Continue reading Interpretive Nature Run
I survived my workshop I gave in Tennessee at the American Association of Zookeepers’ national conference. Barely. Continue reading New Day, New You
One of my favorite workouts we started in Oregon was the Nature Trail Workouts. There were two great trails that provided nice challenges Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 70: Get Lost!
I am trying to establish routines as quickly as possible before I get sucked into the vortex of lounging around the house, doing a whole lot of nothing, and complaining that I’m not satisfied. Part of life satisfaction comes from doing the ground work and setting accomplishing goals and routines. I had already taken over a week off from working out to finish packing and getting ready for our great move, now was time to get off our rears and DO SOMETHING! Trying to explore several options, we ventured out to do our first Whidbey Island workout. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 54: First Whidbey Island Workout
When I started my fitness journey in 2014, I created healthy habits that became a part of my routine and lifestyle. This included my eating habits, workout habits, and even my drinking (water) and supplement habits. I now drink way more water than I ever thought possible. I eat more vegetables and fruit than processed snacks. I log my meals. Some habits need extra practice, and I decided that with our move and fresh start, now would be a great time to practice some of these habits that need refreshing, and also creating brand new habits from scratch. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 53: Creating Brand New Habits From Scratch