“I’m gonna feel this in my butt tomorrow,” or, A Saturday Hike in the Hills

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I’m so sorry the blog has been a bit quiet this past week. I’ve been making a lot of kitty donuts but also have been in kind of a funk.  Elysse planned a ladies-only hike around Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, and I thought that being outside sounded like a really good idea!

Manda texted me a few days ago that she wanted to try doing one active thing once a week, so I encouraged her to go on the Lady Hike, too.  We all have a lot on our plates right now, and she kinda started to bail on the hike because of this, but in rare form, I sent an email saying that I hoped she would still go, because, we are always busy, and we always de-prioritize exercise/taking care of ourselves. Creating change in our lives is tough, so I hope that we can all support each other in it by pushing each other to do things out of the ordinary. I know that I always put exercise at the very bottom of my list, and then I don’t end up doing it, and then I feel unhealthy and lazy and lumpy and old, but it’s a hard cycle to get out of when you have a lot of other things going on. Luckily, we both made it out to the hike!

Screen shot 2014-04-27 at 2.59.28 AMOkay, I admit, that I didn’t tell Manda that this was a 9 mile hike. That is really a lot for people like us who NEVER exercise and lead very sedentary lives aside from walking Bibi & Bunny. I didn’t want to say anything about the hike that would dissuade her from going!  I’m a terrible friend! But Elysse said that an out-of-shape person could handle it, and that there weren’t too many inclines, so I figured that Manda would be fine, too. The weather was PERFECT (to me!), not too hot, but sunny and beautiful, with a crisp breeze to cool down the arm pit sweats.

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At about mile 7, Manda and I wanted to die. I felt sore in places I never felt sore before (MY BONES!??!). I could tell that there would be a point when my legs simply would stop moving because they felt like they weighed 80 billion pounds with cement shoes.  We kept talking about pizza and waffles and spaghetti. Elysse and her buddy Kristen (sp?) work out regularly, so they were flitting along like forest sprites while Manda and I were like “AREWETHEREYET AREWETHEREYET AREWETHEREYET.”

I’m proud of us for going and surviving! Manda has some blisters, and the balls of my feet are puffy and sore, but I’m so happy Elysse organized this, and I hope there will be more in the future. We rewarded ourselves later with hot showers, Prosecco, and pasta in North Beach!

4 Comments on ““I’m gonna feel this in my butt tomorrow,” or, A Saturday Hike in the Hills”

  • Lynne


    One of the hardest things I ever did was move exercise to the #1 position of my todo list. Yah, it definitely cuts into my crafting time. I was 83 pounds overweight and I was only going to get heavier the way I was going. I applaud you and your friend for getting out there. I am working on adding more fun active things to my week too. My doc said after 2 years I must love exercise. Nope. I could quit today if it were an option. I don’t love it, but I now know it’s required living for me. I remind myself every week… “just do it.”

    • TwinkieChan


      I have a friend who says she thinks about exercise the way she thinks about brushing her teeth: it’s important, you have to do it everyday, you have no choice. It has still been really hard for me to do any sort of regular exercise. It also takes so much extra time to shower and put my face back on! And then there’s extra laundry! AHHHHHH.

      • Lynne


        Boy, you aren’t kidding. Extra laundry, showers and I hate to say this, but I don’t wear makeup at all anymore. A friend asked why and at first I didn’t remember why. Then I figured it all stopped when I started exercising 5 days a week. I had to cut corners some where. My hair and makeup went out the window. I am coming around. I bought fresh mascara and eye liner. On the up side my nails always look fantastic. As long as I workout I get a manicure.

  • dad


    The soreness will subside if you keep going.

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