New Perspective

Big Changes are coming for me!

My husband and I will be relocating to Colorado this fall…


I’m looking forward to having some wonderful hiking in our “back yard” as it were, but I am also sad to announce that I will be discontinuing doing Nordic Walking in the Evanston/Chicago area…

If you are interested in getting in one last walk or training session before I leave, please let me know and I will definitely make the time to get together with you.

If anyone is interested in taking over as a walk leader for Nordic Walking, please contact me and let me know!


Summer Nordic Walking *UPDATED*

Here’s a quick update on Nordic Walking sessions that are being offered through the City of Evanston We’re Out Walking program

Register Here (the 12 week program is only $5 and it’s not too late to join!)

Events Calendar – you will need to register for a specific Nordic Walking session! 

Thursday July 12th

  • Nordic Walking for Mobility 6:00-6:30pm
  • Nordic Walking for Fitness 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday August 2nd

  • Nordic Walking for Mobility 6:00-6:30pm
  • Nordic Walking for Fitness 6:30-7:30pm

*If you have already attended one session (or have walked with me in the past) you can show up at 6:00 and grab a pair of poles to walk, I’ll give you additional coaching tips!

We’re Out Walking

Things have been quite on the Nordic Walking front for a while…Chicago weather hasn’t exactly been cooperating with letting us get out and walking without turning into a shivering grump! Looks like that’s finally changing…

I am happy to announce that I am going to be a Walk Leader with

The City of Evanston – We’re Out Walking


I will be providing introductory sessions of Nordic Walking as well as leading weekly dog-friendly walks with this guy:


Register HERE

I am also available for private Nordic Walking sessions, Contact Me for more information.

Intentional Progress – End of Year Update

How are your 2017 Intentions going?

If you missed it or need a refresher, my 2017 Intentions are here

and my mid-year update is here


My Results:

Intention 1: Walk & Run More – Success!

I joined a walking/running challenge called Run the Year, where the goal is to do 2017 miles this year. This can be walking or running, as well as attempted individually or as part of a team. I’ve decided to track of all steps, not just intentional activity.

I reached 2017 miles as part of a team, and for myself  I reached 1531 miles for the year.

Continue reading

10 Answers about Nordic Walking

Why Nordic Walk?

  1. Get more exercise out of your walking. Read More and Read More
  2. Walk safer in snow and icy conditions. Read More
  3. Don’t let hills and stairs limit you. Read More
  4. Save your knees – but only with proper pole use. Read More
  5. Walk longer – poles help with endurance. Read More
  6. Beneficial for individuals with neurological conditions such as MS or Parkinson’s. Read More
  7. Safe post-rehab physical activity for Cardiac & Hypertension. Read More
  8. Great activity for older adults. Read More
  9. Help on your weight loss journey. Read More
  10. Reduce the pain of walking with Arthritis or Fibromyalgia. Read More and Read More


NW Couple Fall


I’ve been running a year now!

My first “official” run last year was a 5k Turkey Trot, but to prepare for that I worked my way through the Couch to 5k program.

Slowly…I think it took me closer to 9 weeks because I wasn’t running 3x a week.

But I got it done.

My Progress for the past year of running:

  • November: Turkey Trot 5k
  • December: Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 5k
  • March: Lucky Lady 5k (Virtual)
  • April: I Run Like A Girl 5k (Virtual)
  • May: Run to Remember (Virtual) 1×10 (1 mile a day for 10 days)
  • June: Race Against Hate 10k (my first 10k!!!)
  • July: Rock n Roll 10k
  • August: went hiking instead…discovered that I miss running
  • September: drumroll please…

Beat The Blerch


What the heck is this?

If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal, you’ve probably seen his comic strip on why he runs, if you haven’t, definitely worth checking out HERE.

What started out as a comic strip soon morphed into a real run, more recently a virtual option was added for those who wanted to get in on the fun, but couldn’t travel to Seattle.

I decided to do the Virtual as a 10k this week:

Blerch Data

My slowest time yet for a 10k, definitely felt that I haven’t been running often enough or long enough when I do. That combined with just running by myself, led to a very slow time.

But I did it!

and I made myself a fun little training motivation bracelet too!


What’s Next?

October: I‘m open to suggestions! – probably a Virtual 5k related to Halloween? Chicago’s Monster Dash?

November: I’m thinking of doing another Turkey Trot – t.b.d. based on if we’re traveling for Thanksgiving or not.

December: ???

running turtle
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