Paddle…Harder


This morning’s SealTeamPT was definitely an adventure as we went to a new location–Gravelly Point, where we could hear and see all the airplanes taking off and landing at Reagan National Airport.  I have run along this trail during my marathon training days and have had a picnic out here on a nice spring day.  But early morning darkness and 30+ degree temperatures made this feel like a much different place.  And if all this were not enough, the SealTeam truck was loaded with  extra workout tools at our disposal–sandbags, logs, and rafts.

A bit blurry, post workout, but this truck is no joke!

A bit blurry, post workout, but this truck is no joke!

We began the workout with a lot of the typical stuff that I’ve been highlighting for the last week and a half incorporating 2-4 person log carries (that was hard!), 20-pound sand bag carries (over our heads!), and crab walks WITH the sand bags in our laps (feel the burn). 

We had a few team races carrying the heavy “boats” down to the water’s edge, paddling out to a set spot and then turning around.  These are the kind of rafts that you take out for white-water rafting so they were bulky and a bit unwieldy.  I think my “newbie-ness” cost our team losing the races of the three groups, but it was still fun all the same.  We also had a group of students from Gallaudet University join us.  For the most part they were doing their own activities separate from ours but it was nice to have a larger group. 

Finishing up, I was soaked and cold through my core, but I so very much have come to appreciate hot showers on days like these!   The temperatures continue to plummet and we are expecting some snow showers tomorrow.  Hoo-yah!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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