Trails Are Picked Out And Now It’s Time To Train For This Adventure

Recently our son stopped over for a visit and I tossed out to both my boys (husband and son) a suggestion that we really should consider looking at preparing a training schedule for our upcoming trip to Sedona, AZ. Surprisingly enough, both agreed! This brought a small chuckle to my inner self. It’s funny how when mom (me) plans a vacation it takes 10-12 weeks to prepare for this vacation. We know this because after attempting once to do one of these vacations without training….we have all learned the hard way. Training makes what I love to do on vacation so much more pleasant in the long run. IMG_5837

So this is what we came up with. We agreed 10 weeks should be enough time to accomplish what we need. I have already picked out all our hikes, summits, and activities that will take the toll on our bodies. All the rest of the fun should be easy and just plain fun. We know the area already since we have visited once before so we all agreed incline strengthening is the most important.

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Along with some higher mileage walks/hikes added in, this should prepare us for the adventures we have planned. Planning was the easy part….now finding time, energy, and the area where we can do this is the tricky part. Although, I think I have it set. Here is the plan….

First, let me say WI is flat!!!! In the past we did steps to help us prepare at a near by track field. This year, however, we will not be doing those steps. Why you ask??? Simply stated, they are concrete and torture, to put it mildly!

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Plus, we know we will not be boulder climbing, for the most part, like in the past, so a hilly incline to climb up and down numerous times is more what we need. Thankfully, we have a new grassy hill near our home and it will be perfect.

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Second, we know we need to up our mileage from our normal walking/hiking distance. So we have a great hilly trail on the UWGB campus that worked perfectly for our last vacation and we plan to use this same trail again to up the distance for this upcoming trip. Three laps of this trail almost add up to 10 miles which is perfect.

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Plus, we have many rail trails that go on forever. We could easily take our pick of rail trails and just walk until we can’t walk anymore.

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Last, finding time will probably the hardest part. We are planning on twice during the week in the evenings and once on the weekend. Add this with my normal daily early morning workouts and I should be plenty exhausted. Although, I still plan to take Fridays off of all exercise since, after all, it is Friday and every body needs a rest day. If my husband is on the road traveling for work this schedule could get a bit tricky for him. He works long hours on the road so he may or may not miss out on some training days. He typically takes workout clothes to hit up his hotel gym but sometimes this works out and sometimes it does not depending on his schedule. It will be what it will be.

Like usual many people ask us every time if its worth all the work we go through to go on vacation. I can honestly say, no matter how much we dislike the preparation, the reward is so worth it. Anyone that has had a goal and has accomplished that goal by putting in hard work to get there will know…..it is so worth the effort!Mom Cathedral End low logo-1

If your in the Sedona, AZ area and have any recommendations for us let us know. I would love to hear from others what they found to be the best hikes, restaurants, places to explore and so on.

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A Look Back At May And What’s To Come For June

Here is a little recap of the month of May 2015.

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Fishing in the boat for the first time in 2015

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Our first big hike of 2015

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Finally getting my lifestyle back after an injury

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Our first kayaking trip of 2015

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It’s been quite a whirlwind month for us. As for June, it’s even crazier. With a visit to a friends cabin, a weekend garage sale to clear out the growing pile in our basement of things we no longer need/want, kayaking, hopefully standup paddling depending on my ankle, and to the beginning of our training plan for our up coming vacation. Life is looking somewhat overwhelming although, it’s exactly how I like it to be.

Do you fill your summertime calendar with busy, fun activities?

Or are you one to leave the weekends for rest and relaxation?

 

Celebrating Some Small Victories

I feel very accomplished this week. Nothing big and exciting, just some things that have been weighing on my mind have been taken care of.

Victory #1: After three stores and some of the saddest looking plants I have seen in green houses in years, I finally have my planters done. Thankfully, I don’t have a very green thumb which means I did not need many to fill up my two planters. Not a big chore off my list but it at least is done and crossed off. IMG_0933

Victory #2: We have started walking again this week(with boot on) and I have lost all three pounds I gained while sitting for a month. Hurray…..I knew it would come right back off but there is always that little doubt in the back of my mind.

Victory #3: I have had an Amazon order sitting on my “to do” pile for weeks and I finally placed the order this week. Most people love online shopping. For me, any shopping is quite the chore.

Victory #4: I purchased my first watermelon of the season this week. This is not really a victory but it does (in my mind) mean that I have really survived another WI winter. I love summer and nothing says summer more than a big, red, ripe watermelon! IMG_0940

Victory #5:  We have finally had time as a family to sit down and discuss a training plan for…..wait for it…….yes,another BIG ACTIVE VACATION! This time we are all going and it shall be an adventure. I know your probably wondering why I would plan an active vacation with being injured and all, but to tell you the truth, it was planned awhile ago. I am not too worried about not being able to accomplish what’s ahead however, it may take me awhile longer to train with my husband and son at their level. I have another week before I can remove this boot and start strengthening my ankle again. Moderation will be my goal.

Like I said, nothing too huge or exciting for that matter. Just a few things I needed to get done and now they are off my mind.

For now I will wish all the mom’s a wonderful Mother’s Day and I’ll be back next week with another DIY freezer bag backpacking meal and a great family friendly campground recommendation for everyone.

Have A Great Weekend!

Monday Motivation

Sunday 11/9: GYM: 35 minute elliptical and stretching

Monday 11/10: HOME: 200 crunches, arm free weights, 30 minute bike

GYM: 30 minutes on elliptical, upper and lower weight machines

Tuesday 11/11: HOME: 200 crunches and arm free weights, 30 minutes bike

MALL: walk 4 miles

Wednesday 11/12: HOME:200 crunches, arm weights

GYM: 30 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes ARC, upper and lower body weight machines

Thursday 11/13: HOME: 200 crunches, arm free weights, 30 minute bike, 60 minutes yoga

Friday 11/14: OFF

Saturday 11/15: Aqua Zumba 60 minutes

Sunday after our big shopping trip and a very long, uncomfortable bus ride to and from Chicago, my butt was dragging. I knew if I could just get myself in the front doors of the gym I would feel better. I was crabby, had a headache, did not feel like doing anything since I did not get to bed until way after my bedtime the night before(11pm), and had everything we purchased sitting on our table staring at me to put it all away when I woke up Sunday. Thankfully, my husband picked up on my bad mood pretty quickly and pitched in to help get everything done. Then it was all up to me whether I would attempt the gym or not. Which I am happy to say I DID!!!! And I was soooo happy, it really did brighten my mood and make me feel better:-)

                    Monday and Tuesday brought us a two day snow/rain/sleet storm in our area. Surprisingly enough this would normally just put me in a baaaad mooood but I was not really feeling too rough. I would not go as far as to say I was “happy” to see it snow, but either way I was not as moody as normal for the first snow fall. Maybe, just maybe, the Vitamin D is working.

Wednesday brought our first “mall walk” of the winter. Temps here have finally dipped to where I believe I could freeze to death if out for too long. I know, call me whimpy if you wish, everyone else does:-)

The rest of the week was pretty typical. We tried to follow our training plan as much as possible but I feel like we may have to change up the plan slightly. I may swap my off day for Friday and workout on Sunday since the weekends are when I have the most time and the gym is practically empty. We’ll see in the future, who really knows.

 

 

Get Up and Move Update- October

It’s the end of October and we are almost finished with this years commitment of moving our bodies 30 minutes a day. I must admit, nothing is really going to change for me once January comes but for some of you moving all year will be a wonderful, healthy success you should all be very proud of.

Let’s see here, October for us has been quite busy but not pain free for me by any means. I mentioned that I have been dealing with some ankle pain for the past few months. Ultimately, that did not stop me from doing many of the things I love to do. My family made the entire west and east bluff loop at Devil’s Lake State Park a few weeks ago and it was amazing. Five hours of hiking happiness;-)

The next weekend I participated in a breast cancer walk which was three miles.

We have been getting back into our gym routine slowly and still making time for nightly walks when I am able to withstand the pain in my ankle.

And by no means have my afternoon workouts been effected, I still do this every day. I find it relieves morning stress and gives me the energy to make it through the afternoons.

So all in all, the month of October has been productive considering my ailment of a sore ankle. With the time change and less hours of daylight, I plan to really get back to the gym in the next month since walking in darkness is not one of my favorite things to do. Plus, we are working on finalizing our training plan to be ready for our vacation that is coming up.

Share with me what you did this month to keep healthy and active. I would love to hear from you.