Life has a tendency to get in the way. It’s easy to get lost in the day to day busyness of it all. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten sucked into it. It’s easy to let go of hiking plans after a 6-day 60+hour work week. By the time my free day rolls around I either have a ton of errands to do or I’m just flat out exhausted. And as each of those free days slide by without any hikes it gets easier and easier to skip again and again. I am so guilty of this. I keep telling myself that this time I’m gonna go on a long hike but then I wake up and I barely feel like getting out of bed let alone tackling a mountain.
So tell me this? Do you ever feel beaten down and exhausted by your work week that by the time your weekend rolls around you’ve lost the motivation to go hiking? What do you to overcome it. I think it’s easier to find motivation by hiking with friends rather than hiking solo. While I love the freedom of hiking solo having someone else hold me accountable can be kind of necessary sometimes (though there are plenty more reasons to hike with friends other than accountability).
I guess what I’m trying to say is that these days I’m feeling pretty burnt out by the time I have a free day to go hiking and I’m struggling to find the motivation and energy to go. I’ve also come to accept that it’s ok if I don’t get out every weekend or every free day that I have. My body needs a rest sometimes and it’s good to have a lazy day once in a while as long as I don’t make a habit of it. Do you have any tips to get me going again?
On the plus side, I’ve been trail running a lot lately! It’s been a great workout and I’m getting that time outside during my work week (plus my dog is really enjoying getting out too). I’ve been having less knee pain with each run as I get stronger. And my times are steadily getting faster. It feels amazing to be running again! I have my first 5k this friday! And I’ve got a four mile race next friday! I’m pretty pumped! While I might not be hiking as much at the moment I’m glad that I’m spending some time trail running!
I’ll post later this week with updates on what I’ve been up to! Happy Tuesday and Happy Trails!