Thursday, March 26, 2009

Walking in Rhythm

Well, my walks have begun to follow a clear rhythm: Mondays at the gym I feel strong and do a quick 6 mile 'power walk' (OK, 'power' might be a stretch...); Wednesdays at the gym I feel tired and drag myself through another 6 miles. Saturday is my day for long walks (14 miles this past Saturday), and it's all about exploring new places, taking lots of little breaks for water, stretching, gorp and Pria bars. Last Saturday Sally and I explored the bay side of Wellfleet, saw lots of interesting homes, had some lovely views of the water and found a cool dirt road through the woodsy marsh. Walking with Sally makes the time go by very quickly, which I realize on Sundays when I walk alone. This past Sunday in Wellfleet I did the usual 6-mile loop plus 1/2 mile out and back on the Rail Trail. Nice but felt a little long. Have had incredible luck with dry and mostly gorgeous weekend weather. That might change this weekend...we'll see...


Friday, March 20, 2009

Still following the program...more or less

Last week I struggled a bit, fighting off an achy tired feeling. Monday's 6 was great, Wednesday was not - had to hold on to the treadmill the entire time. I was supposed to do 13 on Saturday, but did only about 7. It was a glorious 7 - walked with Sally along the Harborwalk in South Boston/Dorchester. Terrific walk I will try again. So I made up the rest on Sunday - 6 more on the Minuteman Trail.
This week I felt good - 6 Monday, 6 Wednesday at the gym as usual. Tomorrow I am doing 14, with 7 more on Sunday. Yikes! Luckily it is supposed to be sunny (though not warm, only in the 40s), and it is gorgeous here at the Cape.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Following the Program

I've been pretty good about following the program though I needed some flexibility last week. Monday morning we had a foot of fresh snow so I didn't get up and out for my 6 miles that day. I did do 6 miles on Tuesday and Thursday, 12 on Saturday and 6 more on Sunday. (6 more this morning, too). I'm not sure why the program had me walking 31 miles two weeks ago and only 30 last week, but I am thankful! Walking tends to take over my weekends lately. I was able to remain somewhat active after the 12 on Saturday (though all I wanted to do was bathe and nap), and I am very proud to have stayed awake until 10 pm at Matt and Faye's Saturday evening. OK, I had to take off my shoes and lie down on their living room floor, but I was awake!


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Last Week's 16? DONE!

Who - Dorothy
Route - The same Rails to Trails trail I attempted last Saturday.
Length - 17.2 miles. I did it!
Time -Left home at about 10:00. The whole walk took a little over 5 hours. Then I needed at least 2 hours for stretching, a bath and a nap. This walking thing takes a LOT of time.
Music - I really used the music on this one. Little Richard was a highlight.
Weather - WARM! Sunny! Did I mention WARM? In the mid 60's! I took a jacket, but wore just a tee-shirt and sweatpants most of the way. AMAZING! and Wonderful.
Notes - Signs of progress? My knees are really bothering me today. So I got out the ankle weights and vowed to get serious about knee exercises. I also need to buy new walking shoes. The tread on these is about worn out. I walked 100 miles in February!


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Walked 31 Miles This Week

Route - Monday, Wednesday and today (Sunday) I was at the gym. Saturday Sally and I walked along the Charles River from the Hatch Shell west to BB&N, east along Memorial Drive, around past the Science Museum, along Charles Street to the Common, then through Back Bay to TeaLuxe for a cup of tea and a cookie.
Length - Monday 6; Wednesday 8; Saturday 11 along the Charles + ?; Sunday 6
Time -Left home at 5:30 am on Monday and Wednesday; 10:00 am on Saturday and 8:00 am on Sunday.
Music - Nothing notable except for watching old 80s videos this morning at the gym: Genesis, INXS, Fine Young Cannibals...
Weather - Much colder than I thought on Saturday. It was mostly sunny but quite windy along the water. Like an idiot, I didn't wear my hat.
Notes - All of the indoor walks were pretty good this week. The outdoor walk yesterday was flat but the cold and wind made it difficult for me. It was a long week with evening events 4 out of 5 days, and I think I was just plain tired. Luckily I had Sally to keep me going.