Monday, March 23, 2009

Mountain Climbing

I had an absolutely lovely weekend. I LOVE spring weather. I probably should have gone running in it, but instead I went hiking on Saturday with a friend. I definitely think that was the right decision. We had a terrific time talking, taking photos of deer and enjoying the warm weather (I wore shorts!).

Yesterday I went to a baseball game with my family. I'm not really an avid baseball fan, but my sister's boyfriend plays and it was a reason to sit outside all afternoon. I did take a magazine to read whenever I got bored with the game. :)

I also put away all my winter clothes and pulled out the summer ones. I know that this could end up being a bit premature, but I just couldn't stand to look at my sweaters any more. It's not like I can't pull one back out if we have a cold snap. It felt so good to see all my tank tops and skirts and bright colors!

I finished reading a book last night that I definitely want to recommend. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is all about when he made an expedition to summit Mt. Everest in 1996 and about what transpired that spring on the mountain. The book has been out for a while, and I'm glad I finally heard about it and read it. While I have no aspirations to climb the mountain myself, I do find myself interested in reading about other people who do these kinds of adventures. I suppose part of that comes from my enjoyment of other outdoor activities. I'm not into the extreme stuff, but I like it all enough to enjoy hearing about people who do the extreme stuff.

When I first started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up way too late that first night. I probably would have finished the book sooner, but life got a little busier and I had a few evenings I went straight to bed instead of reading. When I did get my nose into it, I felt so sucked into the story that I felt like I was on the mountain in the midst of it all. Of course, I can't really imagine the conditions, but I felt like the descriptions really painted a good picture.

All in all, it was a truly interesting read and totally worth my time. I'm super glad I took a break from the running books to read this one.

Even though I did nothing resembling mountain climbing this weekend, my quads are so sore. The hike we did on Saturday was pretty steep, and I realized my legs haven't seen hills since before the injury. Dang. It's definitely a good kind of sore though. I'll take it. Hopefully it'll clear up before tomorrow's run.


aron said...

sounds like a great weekend!! i went on a "hike" a couple weekends ago and couldnt believe how sore my butt was :)

Jackie said...

I love the first baseball games of the season when the weather is the perfect temp! We used to go to them in North Carolina all the time. It isn't quite warm enough in DC, but hopefully soon!

Sharneysrun said...

What a fun weekend! I've never been mountain climbing, but it sounds like quite the workout!

I finally bought 30 Day Shred & did it for the first time on Friday. Wow! I must be totally out of shape- it was so challenging! It felt hard at the time, but the next morning I felt like I had been hit by a bus! My arms and quads are still killing me! I always knew I had terrible strength & focused too much on cardio :-) Probably a big factor in why I got injured, yes?!

Have a great week, Melanie :-)

Niki said...

What a fun weekend! Wish I had somewhere to go hiking at! It's all flat here:(

J said...

I will have to check out that book!

Nicole said...

Looks like you had a great weekend. Baseball isnt really my thing either... BORING! :) Unless its a tigers game, then i'm there! hehe

i've actually never been hiking, but would LOVE to try it!

((yAY i'm finally aloud to visit your blog again!))

d.a.r. said...

Oooh that book is on my "must read" list, now I really want to read it!

Sounds like such a fun weekend!

Nicole said...

re: greys & pp

i'm very excited for this weeks episode. i'm glad i'm not the only one that gets excited about dumb tv shows HAHA.


Amanda said...

I love the changing out of the clothes from cold to warm weather. It is so fun to see all those summery clothes again!