GO: Get Outside!

How much time do you spend outside? If you’re like most people—including me—it’s probably not all that much. Last fall I made a small challenge for myself, code name Project Get Out, to spend a half-hour outside each day, even in crappy fall weather, which is the worst.

I’m going to do it again this year. Only this time I’m starting earlier. I’m starting now—the beginning of September—with the goal of going all the way through December.  So here we go:

Monday (8/30): A gorgeous late-summer day made it easy to kick off thisproject! After dinner I sat on the porch to finish up a blog post. Then I got out my aerial silk and climbed in a tree. What’s that? you ask… that’s for a future post!

Tuesday (9/1): I biked to work, which took a tad over an hour, and then home from work, which took just a little longer than that. I love riding my bike to work, probably becasue it seems like an exponential win: exercise (win!) plus time outside (win!) plus money savings, fossil energy savings, badassity (win! win! win!)…

Wednesday (9/2): I felt lazy in the morning and decided that my idea of back-to-back bike commuting days wasn’t going to happen. Fortunately, it was a foggy morning anyway and so I didn’t feel so bad about skipping a morning bike or run. I continued to feel for the rest of the day, and by 5 pm I wasn’t sure how I would manage to fit in any outside time. But I perservered… by sitting on the porch and drinking red wine while I worked on volunteer projects and wrote. Somedays life is rough! 😉

Thursday (9/3): When our schedules align, I run or workout with my friend, Chris, on Thursdays. He was out of town this week, and I knew it would be hard to find a time to get outside with a busy workday in front of me. So I tried something new (to me) that Chris and some of my other friends do, and went for a trail run in the morning. It was tough starting out in the dark and running on wooded, rooted, rocky trails in the dark, but it was really nice once there was enough light to run without a headlamp.

Friday (9/4) and Saturday (9/5): I went backpacking for the first time in years on a segment of the North Country Trail. It was great to sleep in a hammock under the open sky—my first time camping without a tent since spending the summer in California after my first year of college. And, even better, we camped with goats and had a—wait for it!—blaaaaast. Read more about that adventure in my last post.

Sunday (9/6): Sexy and I spent all morning tearing out the drywall and insulation from our attic, which was a mess of work. Luckily, it didn’t take quite as long as we thought it might, and we were able to spend most the afternoon relaxing on our porch. Several friends dropped by and we had a laid back cookout and drinks until dark.

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