Work in Progress

How has my training program been going?

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Look familiar?

I”m making progress, moving forward. Maybe not always as fast as I want, maybe back-sliding some or having days where I just don’t want to get out of bed, but if I look back at where I started, I see the path I’ve walked.

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I also get to look around and see where I am in my journey, take time to enjoy the view and breathe…

…while I see what I have yet to achieve.

 

 

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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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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Intro to Nordic Walking

Just a quick note to announce upcoming Intro to Nordic Walking sessions for June!

Join me at the park along the lake in Evanston.

Thursday June 1st at 6pm

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Sunday June 4th at 12:00

Come learn about the many benefits of Nordic Walking and participate in a brief walk.

Walking poles will be provided.

RSVP to reserve your spot and get meeting location details.

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Spring Walks & Classes

Is Spring really here?

Or are we getting teased with good weather before getting hit with more cold & rain?

I’m putting some of the monthly Free Introduction to Nordic Walking sessions on the calendar for April, May and June:

First Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 am in Glenview

First Thursdays of the month at 6:00 pm in Evanston

First Sunday’s of the month at 1:00 in Morton Grove

Classes will follow on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings at the same locations.

Group Walks will follow the Intro class on Sundays.

Check out the Events calendar for more information & RSVP to reserve your spot.

2017 Trail Walking & Day Hiking

This year I’m making a point of getting out onto some of the longer and/or more challenging trails that offer a variety of terrain, I hope that you will join me!

 

Preview of the trails we will be enjoying!

Fort Sheridan Loop Trail, Lake Forest

Waterfall Glen Trail, Willowbrook

Des Plaines River Trail, Des Plaines (portion of this trail t.b.d.)

Sterne’s Woods Hike, Crystal Lake

Starved Rock Trail, Oglesby

Cap Sauers & Swallow Cliff Trail, Palos Park

 

I will be offering classes to cover proper use of walking poles for hiking.

Don’t think your up for tackling the more challenging hikes yet? Ask about a training plan customized for you!

Intentional Progress

How are your 2017 Intentions going?

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

My Progress on Intention 1 & 2:

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.

There is still room in my group for 2 more walkers!

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