Sometimes, the office beckons. We have to work during the day, when all we want to do - is escape outdoors!
No worries; Do some Five-to-Nine adventures. It's amazing how a few hours can charge the mental and physical batteries.
- Plan beforehand and be creative. If you have three hours on a trail, you can go miles and miles, before sundown and maybe a few afterwards. You can paddle a kayak out of sight of the dock or ride right from urban to rural. There's time for a picnic, for a nap, for photos for writing or relaxing.
- Pack clothes and snacks the night before (or wear your outdoor gear to work).
- Be rolling by five; in the car or on the bike, train, bus.
- Feet on the trail (or butt in boat) by six.
- Take a flashlight.
- Make it a habit.
Last night, my five-to-nine adventure headed to Columbia Gorge. I was on the road at five, running by six and 2500 feet above the mighty Columbia, before dusk. I had trails to myself and the most beautiful sunset filtering through tall trees. It felt good to be running, wild, through the forest; just sweat, breath and the feel of feet on the soft trail. It's beautiful up there. Now with some toned muscles and clear head - Friday is off to a good start and I'm already planning next Thursday's five to nine session.
From yesterday, here is my running map and a few pics: