Saturday, August 19, 2006

Rolling on the river

I didn't do anything yesterday.

Well, it's not that I didn't do anything - it's just that I didn't run or cross train at all yesterday. So I'll call it a rest day.

That left me with a little dilemma today. Since I'm running a race tomorrow, what (if anything) should I do today? I thought about maybe going for a short run - like a mile or so but then I got a bright idea. With the younges and DH in the car, I said, "Hey, let's go kayaking!"

Keep in mind I haven't been kayaking in like 30 years and the last time I was out in any small craft was a canoe about 6 or 7 years ago. So why I thought of this, I really have no clue. But off we went to Charles River Canoe and Kayak to paddle away.

Because I had on my cargo shorts, everything was in my pockets - including my camera.

I know what you're thinking and no, I didn't dump them overboard or swamp them by accident. In fact, I took some lovely pictures... as you can see. It's hard to believe that this spot is under an major highway interchange of 128 and the Mass Pike - and yet here is this calm beauty in the middle of modern life.

We kayaked for about an hour - a little over a half hour upstream and then taking our time back downstream to the rental place.

For a workout it was a mild, pleasant upper body workout. I don't think I'll wait 30 years for the next time I go kayaking but I will remember to bring a ziploc bag to put the camera in... just in case.


Pat Monahan said...

hi, great blog. I read all of your august and i'm pumped. I just started running in June. Kinda crazy to start running in the summer in Arizona. but, you can't let the weather stop you. I really enjoyed your heartbreak hill story. I hope to visit boston sometime and if I do, I'll run heartbreak hill.

Pat Monahan said...

I hope your son Mr. Pi starts running again. When I was his age, I didn't run either. Only if my football or wrestling coach insisted. Of course, I didn't realize that the further you can run makes you a better athlete in other sports. I guarantee the best LAX goalies are also the ones with the best endurance. Get to were you can run a mile and you'll see the difference in LAX.

Good luck