I was wary of the distance, but I did it! With a 300m elevation gain, we had some strong huffin' and puffin' going up those rises, but worth it! I am very tired, but so proud that I hiked that distance. I don't honestly know if I've hiked that distance in a day before, but I plan to do many more of these long hikes. The group went really fast, too--I never would have pushed myself that fast, which is awesome for conditioning and re-conditioning my bod.
And within 3 steps onto the trail--quite literally-- everyone started hollering at me while I had my head down turning Strava on in my phone. There was a gang of Roos (turned out later to actually be Wallabies, not Kangaroos) across the field! Holi Cannoli!! In fact, there were so many Wallabies (smaller versions of Roos, with shorter hind legs), in the park that I estimate we saw a handful each hour of our hike (4 hours)! Plus, someone discovered an Echidna, which is a rare sight!! They look similar to porcupines except for longish, narrow nose.
I am so grateful that I hiked and finished 16km today AND saw Wallabies, AND saw an echidna. AND I made new friends and discovered a great new hiking group made up of yogis! I am grateful for the connections I have made: my heart is happy! My body is thrilled at doing two hikes this week! All around a great week!
I also received a referall to a publishing group looking for children's story writers and a couple more job opportunities! Yay!
Tomorrow I will use my new app to take more movement breaks throughout the day, go to yoga tomorrow night, submit more teaching applications, look into the writing gig, clean the house, and go for a bike ride with the dog.
I signed up for two more hikes next week! An 8km and another 16km! Whoo Hoo!
surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen!