As I mentioned earlier, I was supposed to meet up with a couple friends tonight and go for a hike. Well, throughout the day a couple people bailed out and the hiking group ended up consisting of 4 other very active people: two gym-dwelling fitness guys, one tennis star, and another runner. So long story short, our afternoon hike turned into a high-speed, high-intensity “trail” run. I use trail for lack of a better word but most of the time we deviated off the trail and while keeping our eyes on the ground to ensure sure footing, maneuvered our way up and down the side of the mountain.
For the first half hour we hiked at a steady pace down the mountain and then for a good 45 minutes we ran at a decent pace (clocked 5:30/km on the flatter ground). The hike ended up lasting 1 hour 25 minutes and had us all panting by the end.
This was an awesome way to hang out with friends and get a workout in. One of the many reasons why I love summer is being able to be active in nature and this was the perfect afternoon.
If you have any sort of trail around your area I recommend taking a group of friends out for a hike, the energy from one another will fuel you up and down the hills faster than going alone. Plus hiking with a group is always safer than by yourself; you just never know when an animal or rock will pose a threat.