Monthly Archives: October 2015

A hiking love song to upper body strength

A little lifting, a little cardio, a little stretching. Lifting was a solid upper body workout: biceps, triceps, front and side delts, pec flys, back extensions, lat pulldowns and pushups. (Does anyone else’s shoulder socket pop when doing side delt … Continue reading

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What happens when you don’t stretch when hiking?

When I was preparing for my hike, I had an ambitious idea: every morning and evening I would do a little yoga to warm up my body or stretch out from the day’s exertion. Nothing fancy, just a couple sun … Continue reading

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4 Days on the Appalachian Trail

Yesterday noon we finally came down off the mountain after 4 days hiking. We started at Pen-Mar, at the PA/MD border, hiked the entire Maryland section, and crossed over briefly into VA and ended in WV at Harper’s Ferry. 4 … Continue reading

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Backpacking n00b

As J and I were heading to the gym this morning, my cube neighbor/hiking companion called after J, "Make sure she doesn’t do anything too strenuous! Upper body only! We’ve got a long way to walk this weekend!" And J … Continue reading

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Treadmills vs mountains

Well, it may not have been the best idea, but I went to the gym and ran an ‘easy’ 3 miles on the treadmill. I’m a little sore in the quads from yesterday’s squats (sigh, it’s been so long) but … Continue reading

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Plans finalized; freaking out

After a weekend of schlepping around in a corset and drinking way too much, it was time to get back to the office and the gym today. I did my usual upper body lifts, added some squats with just the … Continue reading

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Eighty percent

J and I went to the gym this morning and I am very pleased to report that everything seems to be up and running again! I kept it light, but I can lift without significant hand pain, and my back … Continue reading

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