Sunday, August 31, 2008

Day 184, Sunday, August 31

Trimmed trees and cut up the branches today. 7000 steps for 3.8 miles

AT miles: 586.31

YTD miles: 684.14

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Day 183, Saturday, August 30

Finally getting caught up after being more out than in.

AT miles: 582.51

YTD miles: 680.34

Day 182, Friday, August 29

Busy day here in Valerie Land. Brody and I walked in the morning. I spent most of the day helping my daughter pack up--they're moving back out of our house tomorrow. Brody and I got a short week again in the evening. 11195 steps for the day (4.6 miles).

AT: 644.58
YTD: 741.68

Friday, August 29, 2008

Day 181, Thursday August 28

Brody and I have walked more than four miles every day this week except Tuesday (raaaaaaain). He's getting to be a downright good walking companion. Jim walks with us most evenings, but I do mornings after he goes to work.

AT: 639.98
YTD: 737.08

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Day 180, Wednesday August 27

Went for an early morning walk with Bonnie, did 1 mile because the cat decided to follow us. We finally lost him, but he didn't come home till Bonnie went for an afternoon walk and he spotted here. Not the brightest bulb in the lamp. Had all day meetings but did a 1.5 mile walk in the evening with Bonnie.

Total: 2.5
AT: 949

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Day 179, Tuesday August 26

Another beautiful sunny day, walked 2 miles at noon and 1.5 with Bonnie in the evening. I can touch my toes again, so recovery is in sight. Unfortunately I have a series of all day meeetings coming up so probably won't be able to do much but walk in the next few days.

Total: 3.5
AT: 946.5

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Day 178, Monday August 25

Okay, this is really Monday's post, the previous "Day 178" was really Sunday's post :)

I guess that is Monday for you.

Walked 1 mile at noon an then 1.5 with Bonnie in the evening. When I bend over I can now touch the middle of my sox, so probably only a few more days till I try something more than walking and light stretching.

Total: 2.5
AT: 943

Now that I've figured out how to edit my posts, I can rewrite the past :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Day 177, Sunday August 24

Back is still really sore, so just walked and sat on the heating pad.

Saturday walked around the pond 2.5, and evening walk with Bonnie 1.5.

Sunday was supposed to go to Tanglewood for a concert with Bonnie, but was too sore for the 2 hour car ride. Walked 1.5 in the afternoon and 1.5 in the evening.

Total: 7
AT: 940.5

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Day 176, Saturday August 23

Two walks today: around the pond in the morning, then around the neighborhood this evening. Total 4.1 miles. All the summer flowers are dying and the late summer summer stuff, like goldenrod and snapdragons, are blooming. Saw some shrubs whose name I don't know bent almost double from the weight of clusters of black berries. Looked like elderberries but the bush was different.

August: 57.6
AT: 382.7
Year: 426.9

And I only have to average a bit over two miles for the rest of the month to pass the 400-mile mark! Woohoo!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Day 175, Friday August 22

Had a good walk this morning with Brody, and I've been on my feet a lot this afternoon and evening as the daughter and I are having a mega soup canning marathon. Today we canned beef broth (11 quarts) and ham-based green bean soup (9 quarts). More soup tomorrow!

Brody had his second shots today and he weighs 22 pounds, double what he weighed 4 weeks ago. He walked really well this evening off leash with Jim and I, though he *took turns* at whose heel he felt like walking. It was pretty funny actually.

Today: 9936 steps? 4.09 miles
AT: 616.98
YTD: 714.08

Friday, August 22, 2008

Day 174, Thursday August 23

Beautiful late summer day, ran 3.5 at noon, and 1.5 walk in the evening with Bonnie.

Total: 5
AT: 960

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Day 173, Wednesday August 22

Well we made it back, after 1,200 miles of driving, David is at college and we are back at home. All in all a very successful trip, after droping David off we spent 2 days in the Berkshires at a bed and breakfast. Most exciting moment was on Monday night at Tanglewood, we were watching concert from the lawn when a thunder storm came up. Wonderful light show till it got close enough that we all had to run for cover. Here is a mileage summary to catch up:

Friday: golf 2, station bike 7.33, walk 1.5; total 11 (added .25 from pervious day walk)
Saturday: spent day driving, short walk in the evening .5
Sunday: rode stationary bike in hotel, no actual mileage, but with walking around campus around 10
Monday: Lots of driving, we did some walking .5
Tuesday: Lots of walking, went to a few of the restored manson, walked 6.5
Wednesday: Discovered a very nice park across from the bed and and breakfast we were staying at, walked 4.5

Total: 33
AT: 955

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Day 172, Tuesday August 19

A good day, cooler! Walked Brody in the morning, and it was so cool and windy that a noon hour walk was a downright pleasure. Jim came home from his big fishing trip and we took Brody for a long evening walk as well. Today: 10706 steps/ 4.4 miles.

AT: 607.53
YTD: 704.63

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Day 171, Monday, August 18

A little lower mileage for a very hot day. A walk in the morning, too hot at noon, and company till after dark in the evening. Got busyish at work, though, so that added steps to my day: 9148/ 3.76 miles.

AT: 603.13
YTD: 700.23

Monday, August 18, 2008

Trail Map Updated

Hey all, figured I'd mention that I finally updated the trail map. I went as far back into tho posts to have most of August.

The map

I need to update my spread sheet still, so hopefully I can post my updated miles sometime this week. (My dot on the map is from early August I think, whenever it was I posted miles last).

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Day 170, Sunday, August 17

Hey you all! Still going strong here. We'd had some cooler weather but the last few days it's been hotter again. Brody doesn't like going for walks in the heat--this morning I tried to sleep in a bit and walked him about 9:00. He fought me the whole way down, just dragging his little furry butt. He did better in the evening after the sun was down and a bit of breeze happening.

I'm averaging at least four miles a day for the last ten days or so, putting me:
AT: 599.36 (shoulda made that puppy walk a bit further I see!)
YTD: 696.46

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 167, Thursday 14 August

The longer 2-mile loop. Also some errands, but not enough extra walking to be worth adding.

August: 34.4
AT: 359.5
Year: 403.7

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day 166, Wednesday, 13 August

Woohoo, I just broke 400 miles for the year. Our 1.6 mile loop plus .4 miles walking around for coffee and guitar lesson and stuff. So 2 miles.

August: 32.4
AT: 357.5
Year: 401.7

Day 164, Tuesday 12 August

Ran 3.5 at noon, it looked like the rain was going to cancel the evening walk, but it stoped at the last minute and Bonnie and I made it out for our 1.5 mile walk.

Total: 5
AT: 912.5

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Day 163, Monday 11 August

Nothing special, ran 3 miles a lunch, walked 1.5 in the evening, had to go early to avoid the rain.

Total: 4.5
AT: 907.5

Monday, August 11, 2008

Day 162, Sunday 10 August

Played golf with Bonnie in the morning 2 miles, and then walked 1.5 with Bonnie in the afternoon. We went out for dinner with the kids this evening, looked cloudy at our house when we left, about 2 miles down the road it was a down pour, at one point the water on the road was so deep that it was at the car's undercarrage. Most water I've seen on the road in Massachusetts ever. When we got home, our house was high and dry, never rained there.

Total: 3.5
AT: 903

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Day 161, Saturday 9 August

Beautiful day, low 70's and lots of sun. Walked around the pond in the morning 2.5, went for a 3 mile run in the evening, and walked 1.5 in the evening. Both walks with Bonnie. Tomorrow will have to be an easier day:)

Total: 7
AT: 899.5

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day 160, Friday 8 August

So I was reading an article in New England Runner on aging and running, my favorite quote so far is "vanity and denial were my friends".

Played golf 2 miles, at noon went for a 2 mile walk (stoped in the gym half way through to life weights), and then a 1.5 mile walk with Bonnie in the evening. There is a women in our neighborhood who runs in the evening with her dogs. She used to have 2, but one died recently, last night she had a new puppy running with her, really cute dog, stoped by to say high to us.

Total: 5.5
AT: 892.5

Friday, August 8, 2008

Day 159, Thursday 7 August

Ran an easy 3 miles at noon, knee not feeling too bad. Walked 1.5 with Bonnie in the evening. Really poured in the late afternoon, we actually had tornado warnings!

Total: 4.5
AT: 887

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Day 157, Wednesday 6 August

Played golf in the morning 2 miles, just finished as it started to rain :) Easy stationary bike ride at noon 4 miles, and finally the rain stopped and Bonnie and I walked 1.5 in the evening. Forecast is for continued thunder showers for ever.

Total: 7.5
AT: 882.5

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Day 157, Tuesday 5 August

Another recovery day, walked 2 miles at noon and then 1.5 in the evening with Bonnie. Starting to feel better, but knee is still a ways away from being 100%.

Supposed to rain on Wednesday, we'll see what the day brings.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Day 156, Monday 4 August

Well this was definitly a recovery day. Rode the stationary bike real easy for 5 miles and 1 mile walk (crawl?) in the evening with Bonnie. Knee feels better but I think easy biking again today.

Total: 6
AT: 871.5

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Day 155, Sunday 3 August

Welcome to new member Kimi! Glad to have you with us. And hugs EJ, that sounds like quite a saga. But the trail is here waiting for you and will be glad to have you back :)

Our weekend camping trip turned into a hike and a lot of rain -- details on my LJ and I'm sure Neil will have his own version :D

We took some pictures and I'll turn those into an album after we get them uploaded.

Friday: 1.5
Saturday: 5.5
Sunday: 2.5

August: 9.5
AT: 334.6
Year: 378.8

Friday, August 1, 2008


Well. Here we are, another month gone, another few hundred miles behind us. Or, in my case, another 78 miles. That's 15 more than I did in June, so I'm happy. How are the rest of you doing? Can we see some pictures of the places you normally walk, sites you usually see, or whatever you want to share?

Neil and I are starting off August with a camping trip to the White Mountains. I found this picture of the shelter where we'll be staying tomorrow night (on a website called, useful for any hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains). I don't think we're going to be having a campfire, just a nice rocket fueled stove.

I thought the platforms didn't look very comfortable, but then I took a good look at the rocks and said, "Nah, wood is good." I'll update when we get back with photos from our trip. Assuming the camera and I both get back in one piece!