I took a hike yesterday and found as I usually do, that hiking really makes me feel better. I had not been hiking since September 3 and had not been bicycling since September 7. I had been taking walks around the neighborhood, usually about 2 miles. So when I went out yesterday, I was not feeling in the best of shape.
I like to go hiking in the flatirons near Eldorado Springs at the South Mesa trailhead. This area is not very crowded and it offers some great hiking trails with a fair amount of vertical. I started around 8 am and went up Homestead trail. I was really struggling. I had no energy, I couldn’t breathe, my legs felt very heavy. I got to Mesa trail and took a break. I still had no energy, but at least I was breathing a little better. I continued and got to the entrance to Shadow Canyon. This is about the halfway point and I usually take another trail from here back to Mesa trail. By the time I got to the Upper Bluestem trail, I was starting to feel good again. I hiked down this trail and back to the car on the Mesa trail. It was a total hike of 5.5 miles with 1000 feet of vertical and took about 2 1/2 hours.
I am always amazed at the healing powers of hiking. I started out that day a real mess and got back feeling very good. I have to remind myself of this fact often when I am sitting at home playing some computer game or watching TV. Maybe writing this short post will embed this in my mind a little better and I will get out more often.