Grand Plans

There has been something brewing over here that I’ve kept a secret from nearly everyone in my life.  This is my normal tendency – and while I personally enjoy a good psychological analysis – I won’t go into my many theories regarding my social behaviors and choices.  I am, however, trying to be more open and honest (which I could also analyze but I won’t) so here it goes….

This coming October I am going to hike the Grand Canyon with my husband.  (You can’t actually apply for permits until much closer to the hike, but that is our plan.)  Another tendency of mine is to wait until the ABSOLUTE last minute…but if I waited until Oct. 1st to start training for this hike, they would probably have to life flight me out of the Canyon.  And so,  seeing as how I am completely out of shape, I have been working to rectify that!

I have no upper body strength, my back muscles are extremely weak, my cardiovascular health is pathetic – I’m a wreck!   So now, I’ve added a cardio and strength program back into my routine.  Twice a week, I submit myself to my personal trainer (aka my husband) so that he can torture me help me work on the strength portion of my routine.  Hopefully by October, I will be able to survive the hike, carry my hiking backpack, and maybe even enjoy it?!?!?!  It’ll feel good to cross that off of my life “to do” list!

Wish me luck or pray for me or something!  Just don’t tell me I’m crazy  🙂

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12 Responses to “Grand Plans”


  1. 1 Law February 6, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    You will be so ready by Oct!

  2. 2 Lisa Otis February 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    wow, that’s quite a goal. i bet it will be beautiful in Oct. Happy training!

  3. 3 Mom February 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Great plan! Will be fun and well worth all the work. We’re rooting for you! Do you think Luke could be my personal trainer too?
    Love to all,
    Mom

  4. 5 Abby Mann February 6, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Train! I didn’t when we went in college and suffered. You’ll feel so great accomplishing such a huge feat!

  5. 6 Goosie Girl February 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Fantastic! I know what you mean with the whole exercise, I’m a mess thing.. I’m right there.. but wow, what a goal and the payoff will be huge. Don’t give up.. see it through. If it’s your dream it’s worth it!

  6. 7 Heather February 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    You’re crazy! I mean…it’s gonna be awesome.

  7. 8 Lia February 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Good for you! That sounds like such a fun adventure. I just gave my husband a medicine ball like that for his birthday. One of these days I’ll get in shape too.

  8. 9 Mom February 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t get what the medicine ball is…. explain please.

  9. 11 craftapple February 10, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Good for you! One of these days I’ll tell you my MIL’s story of hiking through the Grand Canyon with her hubby sons. She was NOT in shape – it’s sad.

  10. 12 Kristi February 14, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Hi! This is my first visit to your blog (I stumbled upon it looking for crafty sites!), and I love it! Thanks for allowing a peek into your life!

    And you have made a FABULOUS choice to hike the Canyon. I’ve done it four times…well, the whole thing down and up four times, and MANY, MANY, MANY day hikes! I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff for college, so I was fortunate enough to be able to go just about whenever I wanted to!

    Have you ever visited the Canyon? It’s absolutely magical. As for training, the best exercise I did to train was the Stairmaster. Have you planned the trails you’ll be taking? I highly recommend taking South Kaibab down and Bright Angel up.

    Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!

    -Kristi


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