Compliments, sunshine and snowshoes

Date: 3/21/21
Training Day: 58
Miles: 8.5 (hiking)
Weather: Partly cloudy, mid-30s
Strength Training: Legs

How It Felt: Even though the exercises didn’t sound hard and I only used body weight and bands, the leg workout kicked my ass! And at towards the end of the workout my right knee started giving me grief. Sigh. My knee didn’t do much better on the hike either.

Commentary: I just wanted to tell you that I think you are absolutely beautiful. As soon as you walked in you took my breath away. I’m married, I’m very happy with my wife, and I’m not trying to hit on you or anything. But it’s not everyday you see someone so beautiful they take your breath away, and I wanted to tell you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And then he walked away.

When this guy first came up to me I was in the middle of resistance band pull-throughs, an exercise I always feel like I’m doing wrong. He stood not far from me and just stared. When I finished my last rep I pulled out my earbud and said, “Hi,” with a WTF look on my face. Then he launched into his compliment. Pretty sure I was blushing while I told him, “Thank you.”

I grinned like an idiot for the rest of my workout. That guy made my day. Hell, he made my entire week.

Thanks to my second husband who thought only dudes should have super short hair, I have a bit of a complex when my hair is really short. I love it short, and I think I look great. My husband thinks I look great. But I can’t help but feel like everyone else thinks I look like a dude, even though I don’t actually care what they think. The kind gentleman at the gym helped me to realize there probably aren’t really that many folks who think I look like a dude.

Anyway, after the gym I went to a group snowshoe hike. The event name had the word “endurance” in it, which typically means “not for wimps.” It was supposed to be about eight miles, so I figured it’d take about four hours with a group.


The hike took six, painfully long hours. My friend, who I usually hike with, and I could have easily finished it three. I’m not sure if it was the miles or the amount of time on my feet, but my knee gave me me hell in the evening. Sigh.

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