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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Exercise Shock

Clearly I don't know how to spell exercise. I probably tried three times before getting it right for the title.

I don't know if this happens to anyone else, but I swear I go into exercise shock anytime I do anything more vigorous than walking to and from work. It's like my heart is trying to stop me from exercising by pounding so much that I feel like I might pass out, and I can't breathe, and occasionally I feel like I might throw up. Too much info? Anyway, it always lasts for a bit and then I feel fine. Whatever I'm doing is still hard, but manageable. 
This happened to me yesterday. I went hiking with a friend and I seriously thought I wasn't going to make it! My legs were burning (turns out, that if you do squats the day before and then try to go hiking, your legs don't like it very much!) and I was trying to tell a story... Man, it was rough! Of course I couldn't quit because then I would look weak. My strategy of always hiking with someone who is more out of shape than me didn't happen, mostly because obviously I'm the one that is more out of shape. It was still fun though, even if I did have to wuss out once and call for a break. I may or may not have asked him to tell me what different kinds of trees and plants were at times so that we could stop for three seconds and I wouldn't die... don't judge! Due to this I learned all about different kinds of trees. Does anyone know why they call blue spruces blue? Because we saw one we were pretty sure was a blue spruce from the cones, but... it wasn't really very blue. 
You can't really tell, but my friend is IN that tree. Trying to get the cones so he can tell me what kind of tree it is. I couldn't believe it when he just started climbing it. Especially when he got toward the top and the tree was swaying.
I also learned how to climb trees on this hike! My friend showed me where you can place your weight and which branches you can trust and where to grab them. He kind of challenged me to climb this one tree and I declined, but then I decided, you know what? I'm doing this! So I just climbed up the tree and grabbed a cone from the top! Wasn't even scary :)

 This was toward the end of the hike. It was SO pretty. These pictures do it no justice.
 Also, I may or may not be obsessed with wildflowers. I was kicking myself by the end that I didn't bring my real camera. You better believe that if I hadn't thought it would totally annoy my friend, I would have stopped and taken a picture of every different kind of wildflower that we passed!

We hiked the Pine Hollow trail by Timpanogos. All in all, it was a beautiful hike! If you know of any good ones in the Salt Lake Valley, let me know! Also, my legs didn't fall off, so that was good. And I now know how to identify poison ivy! So that's good :)

I also got to see my beautiful best friend yesterday, but we didn't take any pictures, just enjoyed each others company, daybreak lake, and Jambas! Good times! 

Hope you had a wonderful Saturday! 
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