Bring your sense of adventure with you, leave any "hurry up" attitude behind.
33.72 km & 4.42 km = 38.14 km walked/hiked this week.
Sun, Aug 12 - 1.53 km
Mon, Aug 13 - 6.43 km
Tues, Aug 14 - 4.93 km
Wed, Aug 15 - 2.93 km
Thurs, Aug 16 - 10.15 km
Fri, Aug 17 - 6.68 km
Sat, Aug 18- 1.07 km
Sun, Aug 19 - 4.42 km
New training schedule and information on the Team Diabetes Hike received this week and flights are finalized!
If you regularly read my blogs, then you will notice that I have an extra day in my weekly kilometre count. This new training schedule is from Monday to Sunday instead. It is supposed to start on Sept 3rd and be an 8 Week schedule, but I started early and loosely followed the first week.
Mon to Sat: minimum of 30+ minutes Walk/Hike.
Sunday: Hike 1.5 hours. I also need to start a stretching routine and work on my core. Which is great because that is my trouble area.
Sunday, August 12: On this day, I didn't do too much. I was exhausted from the year of fundraising and I took Sunday to rest and sleep since I have hit my fundraising goal. Since I reached such a milestone, I decided to treat myself to a spa day at Le Nordik on the upcoming Monday (tomorrow). I needed a massage badly. My body hurts from stress and all the walking.
It was a lovely day, but for someone who was hoping to relax and fall asleep there... it got much too heavily populated! It's changed a lot since I last visited. Every time I go, there is a new change/locker room. It's grown to something that is more of a social activity. The massage and the Kalla pool were the best parts of the stay there, that and the phyllo pastry with fresh cream & seasonal fruit - YUM! After lunch I tried reading my book but just couldn't concentrate, so I decided to leave and go check out MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op) for new hiking gear. I received more details about what is required for my hike, and I needed to pick up some integral pieces. I tried on 5 pairs of hiking boots and these were my favourite. They felt the best, I'm not sure how waterproof they are but any of the leather boots they had just didn't fit right. I love the colour of them too - they match my new back pack!
That evening I decided to break them in. I took to the trails of the grove and was delighted to be able to see another deer! (No picture unfortunately) I also saw some more interesting Fungi. I made my way to Robert Simpson Park and hiked up the stairs and hills quite a number of times. The new boots and socks actually felt very comfortable and I'm looking forward to all of my upcoming hikes these boots will take me.
Tuesday, August 14: I took Sneakers (my dog) out for a walk in the grove, but the humidity got to him and he wanted to head back home - so with him I did 1.51 km, but after I brought him home I continued on my own and did another 3.42 km. I walked to the massive hill by the Civic Center in town and went up and down it 5 times. The last time I went up and down it backwards - just to work different muscles. It was difficult, but the new boots were great and even though my legs were sore, my feet weren't! I took the Algonquin Trail back to my house and enjoyed the view of different wild grasses & Goldenrod along the trail.
Wednesday, August 15: Today I simply took walk at lunch around work and took breaks throughout the day and walked around the building. I also read up more on the trail I will be taking. It sounds amazing! I would love to share it with you;
I'm excited, but this is by far more than I have ever done in a day.
9.5 miles is about 15.3 km. This is why I'm trying to walk longer distances at a time, and incorporate hills and inclines.
Thursday, August 16: Another nice long hike through the grove and park. I tackled those hills and stairs again. I stopped into Mom and Dad's place and was delighted to receive a pretty painting from my niece. I popped it into my new back pack and took it home.
Friday August 17: Curiosity got the better of me. Along Kanata Avenue, across from the Best Buy Parking Lot, there are a set of stairs that go.… I don't know where - so I went to find out. It had quite a bit of elevation to it and was a neat beautifully lit path connecting to Campeau Drive. It was on and off raining and the humidity was pretty high, even with a chance of thunderstorms I went to check it out. It's short, but sweet and like I said - had lots of inclines.
That evening, I decided to do an easy straight walk of 5 km on Part 2 of the McNab/Braeside Trail. Bees buzzing. Cricket's chirping. Wind rustling the leaves and grass. Sumac turning red. I quite enjoyed my evening walk on my own. I watched the goldfinch's fly alongside me near the end of the trail, and pick an apple off a tree and really like the tangy sourness of my impromptu snack.
Saturday August 18: My boyfriend and I worked on installing wood panels on the front foyer walls and staining them. I then relaxed and had a movie night.
Sunday August 19: This morning I woke up quite early and went for a hike at Eagles Nest in Calabogie with Mom. We got there before any other hikers and our plan was to just do the summit at a nice easy pace, as I wanted to see what my tracker read the elevation at (790 feet from our starting point). The literature provided from iConquer and Team Diabetes had a great GREAT saying. "Bring your sense of adventure with you, leave any "hurry up" attitude behind." I wanted to put those words to action, and stop stressing and just enjoy the hike. I also wanted to make sure my pace was comfortable and enjoyable for mom as well. It was magical, really. The marking for the summit path were two Inukshuks, along with a beautifully written sign about the meaning of Eagles Nest. Upon reaching the look-out, the view was breathtaking! We stayed up here and explored a bit and enjoyed the view.
On the way down, we decided to check out a path that we noticed on the way up. We were feeling adventurous and wanted to explore, and I am so glad we did! We came out to a little clearing with a ton of Inukshuks! With the sun rising in behind the scene is was really cool.
I figure this would be a great path for me to do on my own a few times. I figure going up and down it quite a bit would be awesome training. That, or completing the full Manitou Trail. The rest of the day today I edited my photo's, walked with Sneakers through town and worked on writing my blog update. And here it is :)
I'd also like to add; for those who know me... you know I have incredibly low self esteem and a lot of that comes from how I view my appearance. I also am Type 2 Diabetic and it has been known for there to be a link between depression and diabetes.
I want to change. I have to change. I have to get the amount of cellulite around my core vital organs under control. Not only will it physically make me feel better, it will help me control my Diabetes, give me extra energy and make me actually like my outward appearance again... so... I'm posting a picture that makes me incredibly uncomfortable. It's unflattering but this will be my 'before' photo. I will work my darndest to triumph in this battle before my health gets any worse.
I like my personality and who I am too much to suffer.
- 19th week of no smoking!
- I still can't believe I'm done fundraising!!
Just 'cuz I've hit my goal, doesn't mean you still can't donate :)
You can still donate on my Participant's Pledge Page;
Support another one of my fellow Team Diabetes Members!
Erin & Warren's Participant's Pledge Page (Anchorage Run Fest - August 2019)
Rachel's Participant's Pledge Page (Edinburgh Marathon Festival - May 2019)
Thanks for checking in!
See you next week!
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.