You can do anything ten times. At least, that was what I thought.
Until Laura came up with the great idea to do some hill running at the sand dunes in North Carolina’s Outerbanks. These dunes are the largest set of sand dunes in North America, and close to where we are currently getting a quick family vacation from Canada’s frozen tundra.
So, with a goal of maintaining an active exercise program while on holiday, Laura’s idea was to do 10 hill repeat runs up the steepest sand dune we could find. No problem, let’s do it, was my immediate response. Then we scoped the sand dunes, and started to feel a little nervous. These hills were giant sand monsters! Take a look at our kids running up one in the distance.
It looked like fun, a little intimidating, but than what the heck, you can do anything 10 times, right?
We started, and right away this felt different from other workouts. In most exercise sessions, you feel a gradual shift in your body’s response to the exercise demands. In this workout, after the 2nd hill, we both felt a complete body shut-down and lack of energy. This felt like trying to swim multiple lengths under water holding your breath. There just wasn’t enough oxygen to climb, but you didn’t feel it in your lungs.
Hurting everywhere, we we’re struggling after just a few hills. But on we ran. By the tenth, we were barely able to breathe or move. The funny thing is, as we were recovering, another couple came along, with the idea of doing a cross fit workout by doing hill repeats up the sand dunes. We could barely talk but smiled to ourselves knowing what pain they were getting themselves into.
It was painful, but was it worth it? I don’t know. Driving by those hills again made me feel some pride as well as knowing “Never again”.
Next post, we’ll give you a FUN family workout you can do on the beach.