Postcards from the Park

In case you haven’t been following the Forest Preserves of Cook County have an event: Postcards from the North Branch Trail

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I’ll be hitting the trail this morning with a friend and a shelter dog from Evanston Animal Shelter (where we volunteer) to get a few miles in.

Edited to add: Smokey!

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Smokey is currently available for adoption from Evanston Animal Shelter

I plan on doing the full 22 miles of the trail from Foster Avenue up to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in the next two months, walking in segments starting from the south end and stopping at each of the 6 postcard stations for photos.

I’m looking for others to join me in my walks. Please message me or comment below if you would like to join me.

For more information on the FPDCC Event: Click Here

 

Finding my Limits

One of the best things to come out of my hike in South Dakota is a real test of my hiking training program.

Unfortunately the Chicago area is very limited for hills, and stair training can only do so much – so now I’m adding additional exercises to improve my functional strength, stability and mobility in three areas of limitations:

Ankles, Hips and Wrists!

Ankle and Hip limitations are almost self-explanatory – just look at this terrain:

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Lions and Tigers and Stairs, oh my!

I’m using Stairs to train for hiking because of the severe lack of hills where I live, that and the loathing I have for stair machines…

My intent is to work my way up to 1,000 feet in elevation change over the 10 weeks of the program, all in a single session…

This means roughly 100 floors climbed for 1,000 feet in elevation change.

This is a small portion of my workout program for strength, endurance & flexibility- all with the goal of increasing my running speed & hiking endurance.

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These workouts will include a variety of movements, check out the video to see me in action!

Why am I using different methods for stair climbing, wouldn’t you like to know?

Comment to find out!

Hiking Project Kickoff

I’ve done pretty well with Intention 1 & 2 this year. See Post

Now the rest of the year I’m working on Intention 3 & 4: do more Hiking & Trail Walking and to do more Strength & Flexibility activities.

I’m now kicking these into high gear for the next 10 weeks.

With this training plan, I will be doing monthly long walks/ hikes around the Chicago area, please let me know if you would like to join me!

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Let me know if you would like to work out with me or get your own customized training program for Hiking or Nordic Trail Walking!

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