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First hike of 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you all have enjoyed the holidays and gotten some relaxing time in. Santa brought both me and my partner some hiking swag, and we were eager to give our new kit a try. Since the … Continue reading

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Hiking in my own neighborhood

My neighborhood is 100% car-oriented suburb (not my favorite thing, but it’s what I’ve got). However, nearby is a very nice trail system that extends 20-30 miles along a creekbed. I’ve hiked pretty far along it in one direction, and … Continue reading

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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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Goodbye summer! Last swim of the year

What a bittersweet day! I am definitely ready for fall to get here (bring on sweater weather) but today was the very last day that the pool would be open, so I went for a nice swim, despite having sore … Continue reading

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