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Monday, March 12, 2007

someone told me it counts as exercise

I planted trees on Saturday.

Planting trees along a stream in the desert, I thought that would be an infinite thrill. I mean, how many times in life do you really get to do this? It was what I expected. And more.

The actual superseded the imagined in some ways. I thought we would dig a little hole, place a seedling or two, pour some water, move on.

It was hard physical labor. For hours I shoveled loose soil, and shlepped full buckets to and fro over rough terrain. Or bent over the insignificant stream filling buckets with water, and shlepped them to and fro, over rocks and holes and mounds. The cottonwoods I hauled were twice my height.

Next day I was sore all over, like a single throbbing wound. My legs are covered in scratches and bruises.

I could have taken it easier, I suppose, but with my customary lack of moderation, I worked hard and partied hard aftwerwards, and I woke up with a headache on top of everything else.

I skipped my big run. Does tree planting count as cross training?

Sometimes I wish I'd possess an ounce of temperance. But then, that might render me lukewarm and uneventful.

Anyhow, I took pictures before. In six or seven years, if excess doesn't kill me, I go back and take pictures after.

11 Comments:

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

yes, i think it it counts as training. i'd log it as 'functional core' in my handy-dandy notebook (but that's just me....)

May the trees grow strong and tall!! It will be neat to take an after picture in several year!!

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Backofpack said...

If it doesn't count as cross-training, it definitely counts as a life well lived, and it definitely counts as giving back. Think of what you've done for future generations!

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Deene said...

excellent cross-training. you did a good thing for the environment as well.

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger Bre said...

I think it absolutely counts - and on top of that may I just tell you that you're rather awesome for doing this?

Because you are!

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger Steve said...

I don't know if it's considered training, but there appears to be definite benefits to that kind of activity.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger JustRun said...

As someone who has just about given up on the idea of mastering moderation, I've got to say, I think it ALL counts.
Good job!

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Chad said...

Definitely counts as exercise, and your right - it is hard physical labor. But it is fun. Now you just have to find a way to keep working those muscles.

Good work!

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Journey to a Centum said...

Keep planting trees and we are going to need to get you to wear some birkenstocks and move to Oregon. It's amazing how many muscles we don't use when we run that are discovered again with "cross-training".

Nice job!

 
At 3:48 AM, Blogger Lora said...

I believe it definitely counts!!
Now you should take up rowing!!

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger egan said...

It totally counts. It's not quite the same, but it's good for your mind and the environment. You can always run again, but how often do you get the chance to plant trees?

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Any activity that makes you sore the next day is cross training, no matter how silly the activity may seem to be. Here are some things I have counted as cross training in the last year: snow shoveling, lawn mowing, digging the garden and raking leaves.

 

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