Thursday, May 5, 2011

Work and Play

Working from home isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's obviously great to be able to roll out of bed and get to work with no commute, but you never really leave your office. If you let yourself (which I do), you can spend way too much time sitting in a chair staring at a computer screen. You may even find yourself forgetting to eat meals in a timely fashion, or you may find, at the end of the day, that you haven't moved at all. Eventually, all this adds up into a low-boil of stress.

That's what happened to me last week. The first half was super stressful - not fun. In order to alleviate the stress, I made more of a point to exercise during the week (definitely helps) and then Sophie and I went looking for things to do over the weekend. For Saturday morning, we found a group of bikers that leave from a local bike shop every Saturday morning for a suavecito ride through some fincas. The group moved along pretty slowly since there were so many, but it was a nice, relaxing mountain bike ride through some pretty terrain.

On Saturday night, we did the Night Run 10k. I've never really heard of the idea of a night run before, but why not, right? I expected there to be like 50 people there, but there were probably more like 1,000 people there! It was dark, and many people had those glow in the dark bracelets on, which made for an fun starting area. The run itself was awesome. After the start, they shot off fireworks so we could see them in front of us, which was an unexpectedly awesome thing. We got the firework treatment again during a downhill section. They were being shot from a bridge that we eventually ran under. We all had numbers on us, but I have no idea if anyone was keeping track of people's times.

We rounded out our weekend by going on a hike into the BoquerĂ³n crater with the mountaineering club of El Salvador. The hike turned out to be harder than we had expected, since there are a few dicey/steep places, but it was really beautiful. When we got to the bottom of the crater, we picked up as much trash as we could and carried it out in big trash bags. This was our first trip with them, and it will not be our last! The people in the club were all really nice and they have climbing, hiking, or backpacking trips going out every weekend. It definitely got us excited about seeing some more of this beautiful region.