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7/29/15 5:17 P

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Understand re heat. I'm back in Florida. Besides being Florida summer hot, we have an active rainy season. I haven't done any outside exercise since I got home. My exercise has been my exercise bike and BOSU ball. Taking off next Monday to fly to Mass. Hope to do some hiking while visiting there.

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7/28/15 1:18 P

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Walked Sunday evening with the poles. Our latest heat wave is over so it's pleasant going out in the evening. Hope it stays like this for awhile, but it looks like it may get hot again! I'm not complaining really, because the summer here is quite short, but the heat definitely takes some adjustment!
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Eileen, it's so funny that you posted today! It just got back from my first walk with the poles in over a month. Most of my exercise lately has been walking to and from the train station, work, the supermarket and church. With the heat wave, that's about all I could manage. It felt great to get out in the woods today, with nothing to carry but the poles - no book bags, laptop bag, shopping bags, or anything else. emoticon

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7/18/15 3:11 P

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If you ever get more tempted, I do love my Lekis with the strap release system.

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Yes, it does. I get the twisting thing. Since I seldom use the boots, I've never had that problem. Glad you can keep your trusty poles! I have seen some nice features on the new Lekis, though - kind of tempting!

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6/15/15 4:33 P

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No, don't need new poles.

Sometimes the boot gets slightly off its ideal position and when I correct it I don't release my hands from the harnesses - just place the boot between my feet and twist the pole. The result is that the tightening mechanism of the pole extension gets compromised. (Hope this explanation makes sense.)
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uhoh - does this mean you need new poles, Audrey? That happens to me sometimes when it's very cold outside but not in the summer!

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6/15/15 1:50 P

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Meetup group walk this morning with six others - used my Nordixx poles and walked 6 km in 70 mins - well almost - just at the end one of my poles started getting shorter and shorter- but it was only the last 200 feet or so!

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Thanks for posting that link, Eileen - very tempting. I've never been to Spain and this could be a fun reason to go! But I'm hoping to get to London this summer and to Switzerland again in October, so the travel budget might not allow it!

I'm going hiking with a group from church tomorrow - May Day and a bank holiday in much of the world including Germany. It might rain, but it will probably be just a drizzle if it does. I'll be taking my poles, of course!

Have a great 10K!


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4/30/15 9:23 A

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I'm going to do a 10k this Saturday and will get to use my poles. Haven't used them lately as much as I would have liked.

On another note, for European members. On 23rd to 27th of September 2015, in Spain will be the World Festival of Nordic Walking. Website is:
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4/22/15 8:42 P

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The virtual walk is an interesting concept.

I can understand why your back is better after two walks. Movement is usually good for backs. Before I started using two poles (trekking or Nordic), my back would complain after a six mile walk (this is Florida so more walk than hike). It would be fine the next day. After I started using two poles, my back is not complaining as much or at all.

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Two days in a row with the poles! What's really amazing is that the pain I've had in my lower back seems to be decreasing the more I get out walking with the poles (and without heavy bags of books or groceries!)

The weather has been wonderful - sunny and just a tad cool, so perfect for outdoor exercise. Would love to bottle up a few of these days for times when it's not so nice out! And it's spring in southern Germany, so I know those rainy days are coming. April showers and all...

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What do you all think about doing a virtual walk together as a team? I'm looking at some ways of organizing something like that and will send a Spark Mail to the whole team sometime soon. Feedback welcome now, though, if you have any thoughts!

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4/17/15 11:31 A

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Just over 5 km with a fellow walker from my Meetup Group - did not take my poles.

Since yesterday I swear the wild flowers have grown at least an inch!

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4/15/15 7:54 P

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Sounds wonderful. There is something about exercising outside.

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6.07 km walk with my poles today - over 400 calories expended according to Sparkpeople.

Beautiful spring day with lots and lots of birds singing, especially Northern Cardinals.

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That's good news all around, Audrey! emoticon

I've been walking a LOT but just doing the normal stuff - walking to and from the train station, supermarket, church, etc. The weather is great but I haven't had a chance to get out with the poles. Thursday is looking like it might be a free day so I'm looking forward to a longer tour.

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Walked with Meetup group with my Nordic Poles - 6.2 km in 70 mins. Finally the 'spring' weather has arrived in southern Ontario and my knee (flair up of arthritis) is back to feeling normal.

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I love your little emoticons!

I prefer to use my Nordic poles when I can use the tips. I feels like I'm getting more push that way. When I'm doing hikes in the woods, I like to take my Camelbak hydropack. I won't use the Nordic poles with them but use trekking (hiking) poles instead.

Glad you've been able to get out.

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Longer walk today and I'm feeling it already! Had to do lots of stretches. I guess since I'm feeling it, that means it's doing some good. Tired of these jjggly thighs!

I actually used my rubber tips for the first time in YEARS because most of the route I took was paved. Wanted to stay in the sun and avoid the muddy wooded trail till it dries up a bit. I'm loving that it's light till almost 8 PM now - Spring keeps on springing!
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I went for a 30-minute shortie today because I dawdled a good part of the afternoon. Holiday weekends tend to go that way for me - I have great plans of all I'm going to get done, then I end up resting. But I guess that's what Sundays are for! Tomorrow will be more productive.

Eileen - I like that area - my cousins live in Oldsmar across the bay. We took a nice in a county park when I visited last summer. Wonder if it was the same one. Nice boardwalk and alligator sightings.


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Last Weds. got to use my poles again for a 10k walk in the Tampa Bay FL area. It was in Safety Harbor. A lot of the walk was near the water and part through a county park that included Indian mounds. Doing the Volkswalks have given me an additional place to use my poles as well as introducing me to parts of Florida that I might not have visited.

I'm still enjoying my Leki poles. Occasionally a friend of mine holds them. She always remarks on how light they are.

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Took my lonely poles out for a good walk yesterday, about 3 miles - a gorgeous, but cold spring day. But today it's raining again. Hope that it clears up so I can get another trek in tomorrow or Monday (Easter Monday is also a holiday in Germany woohoo!)
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Hopefully I can get back into a routine. This morning was a positive step toward that goal. I walked with my Meetup Group, with my Nordic poles and managed 6 km in just over 80 minutes (usually do it In 70).

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Did two 10k Volkswalks in downtown Orlando FL area today. Used my Nordic poles for over 50% of the first walk. I thought I was going to use for the second so didn't use them quite as much as I would have. I needed a break from my gloves so didn't use for second 10k. My hips took a beating from my belt pack so I took it off about half way into the second walk. If I do another back to back, I'll bring a small hydropack for the second walk. Long time found out a hydropack doesn't work well with any distance with the Nordic poles. There is too much rubbing in the shoulder area.
Am feeling sore now -- tomorrow could get interesting.
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MM, that consistency is awesome!

And yes, Audrey, watch out for those icy patches. I'm so glad that's in the past for us for this year, anyway. Saw my first daffodil yesterday!

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So glad no one fell on the ice.

I have been doing well getting in my daily 1-2 Nordic miles after work. It's a great workout! The weather here has been perfect for it:)

Enjoy your day!

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Walked with my Meetup group this morning - just over 5 km. Great walk except we had to be careful due to ice on the trail - the snow is melting rapidly but over night the melt water freezes on the asphalt surface creating 'black ice' and until you step on it you don't know whether it is ice or just wet. None of us fell!

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WTG for doing it anyway, Audrey! I sometimes wear a knee support bandage if I'm feeling a twinge. Not sure if it really helps much, but it makes me feel more secure.

I have two major projects to wrap up this weekend so not planning on much additional exercise to walking to church and back and to the store. Monday I'll be in the Black Forest so will get in a short "recreational" walk without the poles. It's supposed to be around 70! Spring! Woohoo!

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Got out with my poles yesterday late afternoon. It was great as the weather has been 'above zero' (C) for several days. All the snow banks were melting and I walked to the tune of trickling water.

My right knee seems to have bounced back but I still 'feel it' as I walk and am therefore very leery of it and am walking more slowly that my usual 1 km in 12 min speed. Hopefully it will continue to heal but the doctor said that an arthritis flare up can happen any time.

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Audrey - OUCH! I do hope it's nothing serious and that you are pain-free today!

I got out with my poles for almost an hour today. I'm working on a big translation project and spent most of the day on my b*tt so I really needed it! And it was a gorgeous, warm, sunny spring day to top it off. Now if I just hadn't given in to the chocolate temptation. emoticon

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Nordic poles out today for a very short walk. First time in soooo long - it has been really cold here for the last two months which makes it to cold to Nordic walk - hands get too cold and I can't put on enough layers to keep warm and still use the harness on the poles.

Today for the first time in weeks, and weeks, and weeks - the temperature is above freezing.

On Tuesday I was walking in the mall with my Meetup group and suddenly my right knee seemed to 'lock'. Was it ever painful! My doctor says it is probably arthritis and will get x-ray results this week. So not having walked for the balance of the week I figured the Nordic poles would give me extra 'legs' for balance. I just walked around the block.



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The weather is warming up here after a month or so of super-cold temperatures! Yesterday I walked a little more than 5K/3miles with my Nordic poles!

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Managed to get in some Nordic walking today. About 1.5 miles

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I like to stay at least 3 weeks because it's a long trip. I stayed almost a month this time.

Hope all goes well tomorrow!

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Sorry you missed your event. How long do you usually stay in Florida?

My Meetup group didn't go to the Volkswalks as it was going to be rainy all day. The hike next day at Hillsborough State Park also got cancelled due to rain.

Finger still sore. Weds. I'll put it to the test, My Weds. work hike is finally back on. I should be painting blazes on the trail. For that, I do need gloves.

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Things got a little busy during the last week of my trip, so I haven't checked in on Spark till now. That blustery day caused me to have a bad case of vertigo. The cold wind somehow affected my ear canals and I felt nauseous for several days. So I missed going on the Saturday meet-up that would have been my last in FL. I'm back in Germany now!

Hope your finger heals up quickly, Eileen!

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I'm doing two different Volkswalks this Sat. I was so looking forward to using my poles; however, I had an accident slicing onions. My baby finger on one hand (not dominant side) now has lots of bandaids & tip very sore. I don't think I be able to use my pole. Friday, I'll try them locally to see how I do. emoticon

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Last Friday, I was at Selby Gardens in Sarasota. In the afternoon, the wind coming off of the Gulf made it frigid. So I can feel for you. Tomorrow, I'm going kayaking at Crystal River. Luckily for me, the Meetup.com event doesn't start until 10am. Given how cold (compared to normal & my comfort zone) it is today, I'm glad I'm kayaking in a springs area and not the Gulf.

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That's a good tip about the backpack, Eileen. Some might really get uncomfortable on a long walk and it's probably a good idea to test them out. Hope you had a good hike yesterday.

The beach was super-blustery yesterday morning at 6:30, on the tail end of a thunderstorm. We actually sat in our cars for about 15 minutes waiting for it to blow over. And blow it did. The walk south was easy-peasy, with a wide flat walking surface at low tide. But we had 15mph gusty headwinds coming back north. What a workout!

I'm still feeling it today, but not so much in the muscles - just all that wind on my face (and eyes and ears and sinuses) was a bit rough. It's still windy today so if I go out, it'll be wearing a hoodie! Supposed to get down to 34 degrees F tomorrow morning. For SWFL, that's practically arctic!

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Have fun on Naples Beach. What I loved last Sat. was how turquoise the water looked with the sun striking it. Today, I'm doing an inland walk. It's at a "hilly" area created by phosphate mining. I want to use my Camelback backpack so I'll be using my trekking aka hiking poles. I found out the hard way (5 -1/2 hour hike) that Nordic walking is not comfortable with backpacks. The hike should be about three hours.

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That sounds like a great time - I would like to visit Anna Marie Island sometime. I walked 5 miles on Naples beach again last Saturday and will be out there again tomorrow. It may rain a little, but that's OK with me.

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On Sat. the 14th., I did the 10k Volkswalk at Anna Marie Island in Florida. It's on the coast. The walk was put on by the Suncoast Sandpiper Volkssport Club. I met other people from my Volksmarch Meeup.com group there. Weather cooperated, the Gulf and the bay area were beautiful, the beaches promising fun times in the future, the event well run, and I had a great time. I used my Nordic poles for most of the walk. I do notice when I use them, my back doesn't complain as much when I'm done.

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I will be walking on the Gulf side of Florida next week. I'm doing a 10k Volkswalk in the Anna Marie Island area. I'm going down a day early and will do Selby Gardens on Friday. I'm staying at a hotel in the Bradenton area. I live 2 hours from Anna Marie Island and walk starts at 9am. Staying at the hotel is a splurge but it will get me a chance to get to Selby Gardens again. I last saw them in 2002.

I do plan on using my Nordic poles for the 10k.

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Eileen, I'm in Naples...your lake walk must have been awesome. I'm grateful for this break from the German winter and enjoying evert minute of what one friend calls "Chamber of Commerce weather."

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Is the beach you're walking on near Flager Beach? I understand it's a good place to watch Right Whales this time of year.

Today, I did an urban five mile walk in Lakeland FL. It was with Heartland Chapter of Florida Trail Meetup group. The walk was billed "Lake to Lake to Lake". It was a beautiful day for it with all kinds of water fowls on the lakes. The walk was in Lakeland FL. One of the lakes we walked around, Morton Lake, as many swans. The original pair were a present from the Queen of England. Right now, there are a lot of flowering trees as wall as Azaleas in bloom. Several park areas in Lakeland have great rose bushes.

Most of the houses we passed were old and interesting. There were big houses with huge verandas as well as many bungalows. The person leading the hike grew up in the area and had lots of local tidbits to share. She also volunteers as a docent for Southern College. Most of the campus building were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

I took my Nordic poles and used for over 50% of walk.

There are times, I feel so lucky & privileged to live in Florida.

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Audrey, you are really dedicated! I would never have thought of using my poles indoors. I used to mall walk with my dad sometimes because he didn't like the Florida heat.

I'm visiting in Florida right now, and I had a great, 5-mile walk on a perfect beach (that means flat, firm, sand and a wide walking area) with the Saturday 7:30 AM meet-up group. One of the long-time, consistent walkers celebrated his 83rd birthday. He's a real inspiration and actually looks fitter than he did a few years ago when he was overcoming knee issues and plantar fasciitis.

Looking forward to Wednesday's 6:30 AM meet-up. I like the early walk because you're done with workout and breakfast by 9AM and still have the whole day ahead of you.

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I got in several days of Nordic walking totaling just under 12 km last week. However the weather is back to minus temps with wind chill to minus mid to high teens and into low twenties. This is NOT good weather to walk outside.

I have walked in a shopping mall three times this week but the poles do not do well on polished tile floors as the boots slip. Does anyone else walk inside and how do you handle this problem?

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I'm off to Florida again this Thursday and looking forward to pole-walking on the beach with the faithful meet-up group there. My poles here in Germany have otherwise been "resting" - due to a heavy schedule and bad weather. I AM getting in lots of walking but mostly in the city as I walk to and from work and the train station. I often forego the underground to get in an extra 15-20 minute walk.

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Thanks, Eileen! I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

Actually, I think that two-bottle pack is a bit too much luggage for what I need, but I can imagine it's great for Florida where you really have to work to stay hydrated. I actually have a version like the one they show (the "Delaney") with a 21-oz bottle that I use for walking. I guess what I'm looking for is a belt with several smaller bottles for running.
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Camelbak Unisex Venture 21 oz Podium Chill Bottle Pack I got it through Amazon - actually AmazonSmile. For most things I buy through Amazon.com, they make a donation to a charity of my choice. Right now, my charity is the FL ALS foundation. A friend of mine has the disease.

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Sounds great, Eileen - what brand is your belt pack? I don't really need it now but would like to get one for the summer.

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Did a walk around a local lake with my poles last week. That was with a Meetup.com group.

Since then, I got a new belt pack from Amazon. I wanted to make sure it worked well for getting the bottles out. If it didn't work out, I was going to send it back. I did 30 minutes in our subdivision trying it out with different bottles. I'm so glad it worked as I like the strap system. The other belt pack I was using was too awkward to get bottles out even with the strap release system on my poles. I'm looking forward to using it for the next group walk. If that works well on paved areas, I may take my Nordic poles on hiking trails.

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Went out last Saturday and Sunday with my Nordic poles - a total 12 km, and again yesterday, Saturday, for just over 5 km. Also walked 6+ km on Monday with my Meetup group.

Today we have been through rain, sleet and snow with wind gusts up to 50 km per hour. Tonight it is going down to minus 15 C with similar wind gust.

Oh, I love Canada ..... !

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A lot of potential slipping and sliding in the slush on my walk yesterday, so I stayed mostly on the paved service roads along the forest. Still pretty views, but today it's raining and the snow is slowly disappearing.

Happy New Year!

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Eileen, maybe some of other Volksmarschers will get inspired by your poles! Happy New Year to you, too!

We finally got some snow yesterday and it's sticking. Looking forward to the winter landscape on my afternoon walk today! emoticon

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Using my poles tomorrow for a 10k Volksmarch. I'm dong it with a local Meetup.com group. I'm the only one that uses poles for their events. I've signed up for another 10k (6.2 mile) event with them in Feb. It's at a location on the Atlantic Coast. We might see some whate while walking.

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Thanks for the tip, Eileen. I'm looking into a wrist brace to take the place of the bandage the doctor gave me. It has helped, but it's getting a little shabby! Not sure an elbow brace would help in my case. I've decided to see the doctor again if there's no improvement in the next few weeks.

Happy Boxing Day, team! I'm going for a morning walk shortly!


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When I had trouble with tendonitis in my wrist, both my chiropractor & massage therapist suggested I use an tennis elbow brace when I do things like kayak or anything involving lifting. It helped. Unsure If this would help with your issue, but you might want to look into them. I got two pair from a local drug store. One pair I use for volunteer trail work and the other for kayaking or other.

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Did a good long walk with my poles yesterday! Yay! And am only feeling it a little in my wrist today.

I haven't really mentioned it because I kept hoping it would heal up on its own, but I fell and injured my wrist last summer and it's been hurting ever since. It didn't really interfere with pole-walking but I stopped using the poles for awhile anyway, because I thought it would help the healing process. I FINALLY had it x-rayed and MRI-ed last week. It was never broken, apparently. Could be a torn capsule which takes a long time to heal. I'm to use an ace bandage whenever I can, and gel packs when it feels inflamed.

Anyway, I hope everyone is getting in their walks even during this busy holiday season. Happy Christmas to those celebrating!

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Did my first 10k Volkswalk today. The area, Downtown Disney in Orlando FL, is under construction so had to deviate from instructions. Ended up walking more than 7 miles instead of 6.2. For over half the walk used my Nordic poles. I had to keep poles closer to me in crowded areas but worked better in crowds than I thought they would.

I so love my Nordic poles.

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Walked today - my poles and me - short part of trail then quiet residential streets with a small side trip to look at Xmas arrangements at a local garden centre.

4.51 km in 55 minutes - grey skies but temperatures at just above freezing.


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Worked yesterday and today I went out Nordic walking with friend LC - just over 5km on local trail. It was still very windy so walking into the wind was uncomfortable. Saw several board fences down from properties - will they be able to get them replaced before 'snow' arrives to stay.

EILEENV3 - Do you find that you do not get as tired when you walk with poles - which is strange when supposedly more muscles are get a workout.

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I got a quick half hour walk with my Nordic poles. My technique is getting better even for left side. I'm SO glad I invested in Nordic poles versus using trekking poles with Nordic tip.

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Worked on Monday

Tuesday was sooooo cold here in southern Ontario with below zero C temps and a wind chill taking the temperature down to minus 19 C. I walked in one of the local malls.

Wednesday was still cold but sunny so LC and I walked local trail/streets for about 80 mins with our Nordic poles.

It snowed starting mid afternoon yesterday and continued into the early hours of this morning so my exercise for today was clearing driveways (mine, a neighbour's who is away and two others for owners who need help). Got called into work for 11:00 and have a birthday party for my great nephew this evening. Note to Audrey - eat wisely this evening, must have a piece of DQ icecream birthday cake - a very small piece.

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Have not posted 'strides' for a while. On Saturday morning, I walked with a friend on the Glen Erin Trail and then the Saw Mill Valley trail. The latter is along a stream through a wooded are. The weather was cold (just above freezing) but it was sunny so the walking was great. We walked almost 6 km.

Last week I worked all week so no walking and it was soooo good to be out in the fresh air. Only working today so must make sure to get in some 'miles' with my poles this week.

OH! it snowed over night and has continued to come down all day. It is not sticking to the roads but trees and lawns are covered.

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Florida has some areas that rise a bit in elevation. We call them "hills". There are a few that have enough of a incline (though short) to give some exercise. If these "hills" were somewhere else, they would be call "rises".

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