Hi everyone! I want to thank everyone who commented on yesterday’s post. It was hard for me to write, but I’m so glad I put myself out there because I learned that I’m not alone. I seriously cried after reading the comments because they made me feel like I’m not crazy or alone. I love you all, and I can’t believe how awesome it is to be able to get advice from people I’ve never met in person. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, you’re awesome!
Anyways, if you read it you know that I’m in a bit of a funk and not doing too much lately. I mean, I was sick half of this week and could barely walk up the stairs to the bunkhouse without getting dizzy so you know it was bad. But this week’s Friday Five Linkup with Mar on the Run, Eat Pray Love DC, and You Signed Up For What?! is about sharing 5 fitness snapshots from this week, and I was suddenly feeling like taking on a challenge. I mean, how many fitness snapshots can I get from a week where I was stressed, sad, and sick? I had to use my imagination for this one, but it turns out I get my fitness in many different ways that don’t necessarily come from running! I’m actually impressed how much I did since last Friday, even if I never technically broke a sweat!
1. Walking to and from work. This is probably one of the simplest forms of staying active that I do in Alaska, but I do this 4 days a week 4 times each day (to work, home for lunch, back to work, back home). It’s a nice relaxing way to start my day, and it helps me unwind after work. It’s 10 minutes of “Kristen Time” and I really do look forward to it! Sometimes I’ll see bald eagles, robins, or even baby ducklings on the way!
2. Hiking to Tonsina Point. This was the first hike Andrew and I did when we moved here, and I was a bit out of breath when I did it. I’m happy to say that when I did this last Friday I was flying up and down the hills and loving every second of it. I would run it if it wasn’t so rocky on the way up!
3. Walking around town on the 4th of July. This was actually the most intense workout all week since I had to walk a mile to the race start, watch the race, and then haul myself 1 mile back to the office in crazy hot weather – and I did it in flip flops with a Walking Taco in hand. I mean, it has the word “walking” in it so it’s obviously cardio :)
4. Taking an evening walk around Seward Harbor. This was another sneaky way to get cardio in – those docks are longer than you think! I was pretty tired after spending an hour doing this with my friends, although to be fair this happened right before I got sick and probably should have been a warning sign for me. It was fun looking at all the boats and wondering what they looked like inside. The boat below had a mirror on the bow so we obviously needed a selfie in it!
5. Running. Okay, I technically did one run in the past week and even though it ended with me feeling like I was going to pass out at mile 1.5 and needing to call for help, I still call that a workout. I took this picture at the start of the Iditarod Trail while waiting for Andrew to pick me up. It was so beautiful and the sounds of the waves were so relaxing. If it weren’t for the mosquitoes I would sit out there for hours every night!
And those are my fitness snapshots from this week! Usually my workouts are a bit more intense and involve actual sweating, but at least I was able to keep my legs active while feeling like crap and I had fun doing it. Hopefully next time we do this topic I’ll have more “typical” things to post!
What’s the most low-key fitness activity you did all week? What do you like to do to stay active when you’re feeling sick?