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9/10/14 11:01 P

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Haven't posted here for a while!

I have walked with 18 km so far this week with my Nordic poles.
One problem - I am experiencing pain in my right hip - today I stopped a couple of times to do some stretches and walked long enough (6 + km) the pain went away - go figure!

I am walking with a friend who lives near by and also uses Nordic poles - we keep each other motivated!

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Summer is back! Great weather for pole-walking so I got out in it today. Just a 45-minute walk on my usual route, but really nice. This is a beautiful time of year here, even though the fall colors haven't started yet.

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Have been back in Germany for a week and still haven't got out the poles yet. I have a light schedule this week, working only mornings. So, if the rain stops or lets up, I should be able to get in a tour some afternoon soon!

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6 Miles on Saturday and 5 miles this morning (Wednesday). Am soooo enjoying my beach walks, especially the Wednesday meet-up because we get an early start before the heat kicks in. Southwest FL is HOT in the summer, but actually cooler than other parts of the state because of the Gulf Stream.
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LIVEIT2MAX - it's been quiet on this thread for awhile, but I'm sure some of the other members will be back to comment. I walk on sand and on trails for the most part, and very rarely use the "feet." I'll have to ask one of my beach buddies what he does because he walks in his neighborhood on the days when we don't do our beach meetup.

It was a good day today - but a hard, sweaty 5-mile walk because the sand was so soft and the humidity so high. I just try to tell myself that I'm going to have very shapely legs as a result! That's one of the joys and the trials of beach walking - the tides and storms determine the conditions. Some days, the sand is flat and firm and on others, like today, it's a real challenge.

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8/2/14 7:04 P

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I walked 5 miles, with poles today. I do this about 3 times a week on neighborhood streets, 100% hard scape. I am using black diamond adjustable poles with shock absorbers. I go thru black diamond $6 rubber tips, every 5 miles! I am pretty sure these are not the right poles for suburban use. I just bought some Leki rubber "feet" and have attached them to tips, they worked great this AM, but I don't know how long. I have spent a lot of time online trying to figure out the best equipment to purchase next. Before I make anothe wrong purchase, does anyone have a recommendation for best poles for suburban streets? Am I the only one doing this exclusively on asphalt/cement? help?

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We had a great walk and are looking forward to the Wednesday meet up when we get back to Naples after a visit to Orlando. Lots of walking there, but without poles!

My young (14) traveling companion picked up the technique really quickly. She's a gymnast, so she's very athletic and it only took her a short time to get the stride rhythm and form. We saw dolphins which made her even happier! She was by far the youngest in the group with the oldest at age 81!

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That's a great consistency record, Audrey.

I walked (sans poles) this morning, Day 2 of my Florida trip. High eighties already at 9 AM!

I'm traveling with a young friend and am going to introduce her to Nordic walking on the beach this Saturday. Can't wait.

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7/24/14 8:52 A

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Walked Monday thru Saturday last week - 5 of those days with Nordic poles. Sunday it rained off and on all day. This week I am working (temp job on a reception desk - lots of sitting) and the weather Monday and Tuesday was very hot and sticky. I did walk last night for 30 mins with my poles.

Must make a point of getting out this weekend as I am working next week again.

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Day 5 of waking for this week - four using Nordic poles.
Keeping to calorie count, snacking of fruits and no wine - determined to keep going!

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7/17/14 6:26 P

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Nordic walking today - just under 4 km.



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Nordic walked this morning - out at 8:30 and did just under 4 km. Nice cool weather.

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7/14/14 12:15 P

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Walked this morning with my poles - 4.5 km. Even at 8:30 this am it was humid!


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Welcome back, Audrey! And glad you're doing well and moving, moving, moving. Hope you'll share about your trip sometime.

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7/12/14 10:32 P

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Walked Monday with meetup. - 5 km
Nordic walked on Friday with meetup. 5 km
Nordic Walked today with a buddy - 7.4 km.

Doing well - gotta keep going!


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Cheryl, how did you do for the month?

I was getting back into NW a couple of times a week, but on Saturday, I tripped and bumped my knee, sprained my wrist, too. So that's put a bit of kink in my exercise at the moment. Wrist is feeling better every day, but the knee is still tender.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather - and staying out of the storms!

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6/10/14 2:33 A

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6/9 - 2.5 mi (40 min)

June Total: 12.27 miles

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I'm back - walked about two miles. It's my old, familiar route that I haven't been walking much the past year because of all the foot problems I was having.
I felt like I was reclaiming my territory! emoticon

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I'm posting today BEFORE I go pole-walking, because it'll keep me accountable. My walking buddy is on a trip to Israel, so I need to motivate myself! It's a gorgeous day, but hot, so I'll wait till early evening.

Editing to add that I got 50 points for the team today! (and for me!)

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I fixed the link to the song!

WTG, Carollee for your NSV of getting back to the level of walking you aimed for. That's great!

Cheryl, 50 miles sounds very doable - I'll be rooting for you!

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I've walked 4 mi in June so far with a goal of 50 mi for the month. -- But I've not walked w/ poles yet this month.

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I climbed up a place called Pinnacle trail in Stowe Vermont. It was a NSV for me as last year I could not have done and my goal for my birthday on the 19th was to be able to do moderate hikes. It was a 1500 ft elevation gain and 3 miles out and back. Thank God for my trekking poles!! I am top heavy and have arthitis and my balance is not good emoticon

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Nice long tour yesterday - two hours, mostly on a trail that I hadn't visited for some 15 years. My friend even took a map so we could explore without concerns about getting lost. Perfect weather!

See my post in the thread NW around the world - A song about NW in German (sort of) - pretty kitschy but you get the idea!

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FINALLY got out with the poles again today. It's a long weekend here in Germany (today was Ascension Day) so I'm able to get out and get some real exercise, not just all the walking around town that I've had to do during the past few weeks! (I know it all counts, but it's just not the same!)

I'll try to take some pictures on my next walk. I've got a time set up with a friend for Saturday afternoon,

Does anyone want to try a team challenge to log our walking miles or minutes for the month of June? It was suggested by a team member for May, but I missed her post in the new "team wall" format. Let me know what you think. It would be a great chance to give out some team goodies!

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5/28/14 10:37 A

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Back from my weekend with the naturalist club - 3 hour drive home so walked yesterday with the Meetup group - 5 km.

Today a Nordic walking buddy and I walked about 4 km.

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Finally used my poles with the Nordic tips. It was just walking around the subdivision. Enjoyed it!

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Really enjoyed leading two hour long walks in our local park in London (United Kingdom) today. A nice and brisk 9 am walk. Good distance and speed, and before our cooldown we addded some Nordic interval training by really pushing it for a minute, folowed by half a minute recovery walk.

From 11-12 another good walk in the drizzle (well, it is London, what do you expect). We included some lunches, squats and hills to add to the workout, and lots of laughter in the rain!

Looking forward to another session tomorrow evening!
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Haven't had a chance to use my poles with Nordic tips lately but did pick up a second hiking pole. I did a 5 miles uphill hike that had elevation (up & down with total 500' gain) with a 25# pack. I only had one hiking pole but wished I had two. I missed the second pole even more on the downhill.

I am looking forward to using the Nordic poles with Nordic walking technique in the future. Have missed it.

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Led a Meetup walk today and two of us took our poles - 4.75 km but we paused often to admire spring gardens and beautiful houses.

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Led a Meetup.com walk today for 6.1 km (not with poles) and had four others attend. It is great getting back into the 8:30 am walking routine - can't believe how much I missed it.


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Yesterday was Lana Falls and Silver Lake on my app tracker it was four miles and 1400 calories, today is rain and marathon watching tv

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Neighbourhood streets and trails 'avec poles' this morning - 5 plus km, 350 plus calories. Temperature is about 11 C so weather was good until the showers hit - I was a little damp when I got home.

It is amazing to see how fast the garden have come along since the last time (earlier this week) I walked the same route - the magnolias are in flower!

I have put myself in to host a Meetup walk on Monday and Friday of next week and will go on the already scheduled Tuesday one - weather permitting. It will be great to get back to the 8:30 am - 5 km walk routine.

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Audrey Great minds think alike, Wildflower hunting on Sunday and yesterday I walked up Mt. Philo state Park short yet steep. Breath taking views, 900 ft gain about 2 miles

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Audrey, challenging that hill and winning - that's a great victory! You are racking up the miles this week!


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Saturday April 26 - took Nordic poles for a 3.17 mile/5.1 km walk - trail and neighbourhood streets - spring flowers are actually out in sheltered flowerbeds.

Sunday April 27 - led a spring wildflower walk at Crawford Lake Conservation Area - saw more buds than flowers but it was an absolutely beautiful day with a high in the low teens C.

Monday April 28 - Nordic walking for 4.12 miles / 6.63 km local trail, Sawmill Valley trail, then back up the HILL to return. PS I have not walked up this hill in a couple of years - then I had to stop halfway up - this morning I just soldiered up without stopping - WOO HOO.

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My neighbor across the hall surprised me by ringing my bell this evening and asking if I wanted to go pole-walking! I had been thinking about it, but was in the process of talking myself out of it. Wow - what great timing! We went out for a short tour, but the weather was great and we had a nice chat. She also showed me a little stream tucked back off the trail that I had never seen before.

Hope you're all wrapping up a good week!

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Yesterday evening I had no meetings and/or other commitments, the weather was good so I walked almost 4 km with my Nordic poles - a little bit of trail then on a quiet residential street.
Hope to get out this evening again.

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Happy to report that I've actually been out Nordic walking twice this week! After various bouts of illness and extreme busyness, it's been nice to get out in the spring weather.This is such a beautiful time of year here with all the shade of green, fruit trees blooming, etc. etc. I'll take some pictures next time.

My poles are happy - they've been kind of lonesome lately!

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Hi, I did manage to go for a 14 mile bike ride but we have been getting a lot of showers and still below average temperatures and blustery emoticon

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NOKOMIS57 - hope the flood alert has passed and that you are 'dry'!

Nordic walked today with a fellow poler from Meetup - we did just over 5 km in 75 mins - a little slow but the birds were singing and we were chatting to catch up - she and her husband are Snowbirds and just got back from Florida and I haven't seen her since before Christmas.. We then went to Starbucks for coffee and sat on the patio - with coats zipped up but the sun felt soooo good.

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My band is the Missisquoi Abenaki, on the banks of the Missisquoi River in Vermont, the meaning of the name is also up for debate. Some sources say it means the river of grassy banks or something. Right now we are on flood alert so finding a place to walk or hike is not easy!

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Hi NOKOMIS57
You are correct - Mississauga is on the shores of Lake Ontario - a 'suburb' west of the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The name of the City also has a native association - although not all sources agree, the most popular one states:
The Mississauga are a subtribe of the Anishinaabe-speaking First Nations people located in southern Ontario, Canada. They are closely related to the Ojibwa. The name "Mississauga" comes from the Anishinaabe word Misi-zaagiing, meaning "[Those at the] Great River-mouth."


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Very cool, waban is the word for white in my abenaki language, so I am assuming that you are near the great Lakes or Ojibway area?

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Walked last evening with the Nordic Walking Meetup group - we walked around a man-made lake called Aquataine One circle of the lake is just under 1.5 km so we did three circuits in the hour and then 10 mins of stretching. The route also has a number of 'workout stations' - for legs, arms, chin ups, etc. This trail is very popular for walkers, bikers, inline skaters, boards, etc.

Lake Aquataine and Lake Wabukayne (native for White Snow) were constructed as storm water management ponds in the 1970's and are connected by a trail. Once around each lake and the trail between is just over 6 km. The trails are flanked by houses, condos and apartments, and goes thru/by several schools and playing fields but there is sufficient 'wild life' to keep my naturalist's interest intact.



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Hi All, Sunday I walked seven miles with my Meet up group, we visited lambs and sheep it was a glorious sunny day emoticon

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Love to read about all the neat things people are doing. So good to exercise outside.

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I walked with my Nordic poles today. The first 'real day of spring' here in southern Ontario. I walked the Glen Erin Trail for a total of almost five km. The birds were singing - especially the Northern Cardinals and American Robins. The dogs out for a stroll looked like they were really enjoying it too. There are still places where some snow drifts remain - under the evergreens.

I feel good!!!!

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My knees have been bothering me as I get used to new shoes and insoles. But I'll be up and poling again soon!

WTG on all your adventures!

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For this week I went for a hike Wednesday at Indian Brook Resevoir with microspikes with the group, bright sun and snow. We went 2.75 miles along the trail.

The next day we went to a place called Sunny Hollow Recreational Area which was another 3 miles. The trails were coded blue, green, and red for diffaculty. I never knew this place existed and it was less than three miles from house.

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Awesome! Whenever I see someone older than me "doing" it, feel there is hope for me also.

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this week end I went for my very first hike with the Green Mountain Club at Snake Mountain. I used my trekking poles and microspikes. The hike leader was a woman who was 86 years old! She wasn't fast but she was steady! I was amazed that she could climb up and down the ice and slush w one ski pole and micro spikes with out falling down, my new role model dot, it was a three hour hike. emoticon

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I discovered Meetup in 2007. It's been a great way to connect with other people to kayak with. Wish there were a Nordic walking group in Central FL but not at the moment.

I'm a member of a local Florida Trail Association (Florida Trail is a state wide thru hiking trail). Since we started posting events on Meetup.com, the attendance has skyrocketed. A lot of the people who show up eventually join the state org.

I do love Meetup.

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EILEENV3 - sorry for the delay in answering your question re Meetup.com groups. Yes - we have lots of them. In normal weather (when not frigidly cold and windy, and when I am not working a temp position) I walk with a Meetup group in the mornings. Meet at 8:30 at a nearby community centre and walk for one hour - usually approx. 5 km. I also joined a Nordic walking group - usually walk on Saturday mornings (and Wednesday evenings - occasionally I will walk then).

These groups great especially for company to walk with. I have met some really great people and made some new friends. Just look up (Google) Meetup and your own or city/town. If you want to start one the cost is about $100 per year and the software is reasonably easy to work with.

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Yes I always use poles for snowshoeing and when I take the microspikes, because its' icy and uneven ground. I use cork trecking poles. some people don't but I am top heavy and need all the help I can get!!!

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Do you use any type of poles when you snowshoe? I left NH in 1994. It's been so long since I went snowshoeing that I can't remember if poles were involved. I skied at the time so would have used ski poles.

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yes it was cold and windy, we sometimes sunk quite deeply into the snow, I should have worn gaiters! two hours for this heavy 57 chevy! emoticon

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I love Meetup.com. It's such a great way to connect with other people. AEO_SUNSHINE does Meetup.com have groups in Canada?

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I don't like cold at all so I feel for you. When I lived in NH (and was a lot younger). I couldn't go for walks if it was less than 10 degrees F. My face couldn't handle it. I tried all kinds of hats & masks & other but they didn't help. We got into snowshoeing only a year before we moved. That might have made a difference. Now I live in Florida and complain if it gets below 60. When I lived in Hawaii, I couldn't handle below 70.



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This afternoon I am going either snowshoeing or using the microspikes with my meetup group

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I, also, have not been out in ages due to the weather - and today here in southern Ontario it is below 20 C when the wind chill is factored in. Hopefully spring will come ........soon!



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I haven't had a chance to get out much at all. The weather in Northern Vermont has been unseasonably cold. We even cancelled snow shoeing!

I hope the weather lets up as the Green Mountain Club has some easy hikes planned and God knows I need to start up again! emoticon

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Went for a hike yesterday. For Florida, it was "moderate to strenuous". It was in an area that used to be a phosphate mine. The mining created hills from the tailings and lakes from the digging. It's a great recreational area. Our local chapter of the Florida Trail Association has created and maintains miles of trails in the area. The lakes are favorite fishing spots. There are so many birds in the area. I enjoy kayaking in one section of birds.

Trying to condition for a major hike in mountain area of Georgia in a couple of months. For that weekend will need to use a backpack. Took the backpack yesterday so only used one hiking pole. I found out the hard way that Nordic poles & backpacks make for very sore shoulder area. I did a 5-1/2 hour hike with poles & pack.

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Thank you!

Yesterday I went for a hike using the poles and my new microspikes, mini crampons, they were wonderful, I could climb up sheer ice with these on and not worry about slipping!

About 15 of us went with my 50 plus outdoor group (meetup.com) It was only 15 degrees but before long we were peeling off clothes. We walked a three mile hilly loop around Colchester Pond and were out for an hour and 45 minutes emoticon

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NOKOMIS57, that sounds like a fun adventure! Some of my friends and I have been talking about snowshoeing for ages, but we never seem to get enough snow. We could drive a little distance to the mountains, but we'd almost have to make a weekend of it.

I had a great last polewalk on the beach in Florida about ten days ago. Forgot to come here and post. I got up for the 6:30 am group walk followed by breakfast, even though it was the day of my return flight to Germany. It was just a matter of getting my packing done early enough that the morning wouldn't be too hectic. I just kept reminding myself how good it would feel, and how good it would be for me to get some exercise in before sitting on a plane for 14 hours. I think it relaxed me because I actually got a little sleep on the flight. I don't usually sleep well in a sitting position.

Now, I'm just about over the jet lag, and getting home before it gets dark now that spring is on the way. So no more excuses - I'll be walking this week!

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I went foor a full moon snow shoe trek, for about an hour

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Went for a great walk Wednesday morning - the beach conditions were perfect, the weather balmy and we even got a dolphin show along the way.

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Nordic walking today - around 5 km - sunny and breezy. The snow we got a couple of days ago was icy and slushy so it was slow going but it was great to get outside.

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Nordic walking today - 5.27 km - it is a sunny day with temps just below freezing and very little wind - hope this continues so that I can get back into my daily walking routine.

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Walked with my poles today - 2.87 km and about 40 min - first time in such a long long time - temperatures were good and it was sunny! Trail/sidewalk bare of snow for the most part but then there were patches of packed down snow which felt more like walking in sand as it was squishy and sort of slid with each step - not the easiest walking,

Also shovelled a covering of snow from last night's snow flurries - my driveway and also that of two of my neighbours who need help with this task. This task got entered in fitness tracking!

Michelle - hope you get lots of poling in while you are in Florida.


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Woohoo, Audrey!

I'm in Florida and have taken a couple of nice walks but haven't made it to the beach for pole-walking yet. Looking forward to the meetup on Wednesday.

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Walked today!!!!!!!! for the first time in many, many weeks I went out a walked for an hour covering 4.7 km (usually do 5 km in an hour) on one of the neighbourhood trails. The temps were just around freezing and the trail had been plowed - a few areas of ice but mostly great walking. Wish I had taken my poles - but at least I was out there!

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Out early this morning (Saturday) to replenish my 'health fruit/veggie' supply. It started to snow at about 10:00 and kept on snowing all day. As the snow covers up any icy spots on the path I decided to do some house cleaning instead of walking. Oh, yes, then there was the snow shovelling. I shovelled my driveway/walk, and those of two of my neighbours so I had an hour of exercise. The snow was heavy because it was very wet. The precipitation has changed to rain - which does not need shovelling but hopefully it will not freeze or it may really be dangerous out there tomorrow.

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I was wonderful to get out and walk today. Our snow and ice are pretty much melted and the temps were in the high 59's.

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It has been sooooo loooong since I have been walking (with or without poles). Weather has prohibited walking - temps really cold with windchill, ice, sleet, rain, snow have caused local trails and sidewalks to be dangerous This weekend weather is supposed to be good with temps in the single digits (but still minus!) so a long walk is possible. So looking forward to it!

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Walked with my friend the afternoon - the same one-hour+ route as last Sunday but going the other direction. It turned out to be a sunny afternoon, so we got a bit of vitamin D along with our exercise! But came home with very muddy shoes.

I'm officially on vacation, so hope to get another tour or two in before I fly to Florida on Thursday!
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Understand re the "funny" part.
If my grandchildren hadn't been in Virginia, we would have bought property in the Rockport (Corpus Christie) area. We were living in an RV at the time but I needed a permanent home. To both my husband & I "cold" & "snow" are four letter words so ended up in Florida.

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No, not Florida- South Texas, on the Gulf. I can walk to the water in about 10 minutes from my house, it's along a busy road, but there's a couple parks with walking trails. I've never seen anyone using walking poles so I felt kind of funny when I did walk with them last year. Guess I'll just have to get over that, huh?

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Sounds like you live in a "warmer" climate. I live in Central FL. Anywhere near you?

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Hi. I kind of forgot about my walking poles until I cleaned out my sewing closet. There they were- shoved in a corner. I've been wanting to go walking, but just haven't, so now I can call it my New Years Goal- to use my walking poles! I will go back through the tips and techniques forum and get prepared for walking once it's not freezing outside. - It's suppose to be in the 70s in a few days, but today it's freezing, raining, windy.

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Thank you for responding. Not sure I was clear in my explanation.
My Leki poles are regular hiking poles with regular straps. I picked up a Nordic tips to switch out for the regular hiking tips. The regular Nordic poles I had borrowed a few years ago had a quick release system for the hand grips. The grips themselves were different than hiking grips.
Neither my Chiropractor or Massage Therapist do Nordic walking so don't have an answer.
Last week, I did about 20 minutes with my Leki hiking stick (Nordic tips). It was more comfortable than I expected. I had planned to drop poles right away if didn't feel right. I'm still leary about doing more than 20 to 30 min at this time.


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Evelyn, I don't know how to answer that question. I think you're saying that the poles you have now have the Leki grip which is like a half-glove. That's different from the simple loop that most trekking poles have. I don't know which would be "healthier" if you're suffering from tendonitis. Maybe something to check with your doctor or physical therapist about. I hope you're able to use your poles pain-free soon!


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This is a copy of the post I put on the tech forum but it's important. Hope someone can help. Thank you!
This is my first post to this team. Years ago, I had a chance to do a 5-12 hour Nordic Walk in a natural area. I live in Florida so it was flat but terrain included sugar sand and uneven ground. It was through a Meetup.com group. A couple was visiting from England. They provided the poles & instruction. What I liked about the poles were the quick release system. I could unhook without swinging my poles around.
I didn't get a chance to keep up with it but a year or so later, I picked up a pair of Leki adjustable walking sticks. They have spring suspension. I got them by paying extra to the American Hiking Society. Last year I picked up a pair of Nordic tips for them. I have used them a bit for walks around our subdivision.
A couple of months ago, I started having trouble with tendonitis in a wrist. I stopped using the poles until today. It seems like using them are doable. The straps are regular walking straps.
MY QUESTION: Giving I do have wrist issues, would the regular Nordic Track poles with the quick release wrist system have any benefit. I own the poles I have now and am hesitant to spend money on other but I have been doing various things to accommodate my wrist but still stay active.
Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you!

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Worked Tuesday - Friday (reception when a company is short staffed). Went out on Saturday afternoon and walked 4.77 km - the trail near home was mostly bare and wet but covered in 'rock salt' that is spread to melt the ice. Also shovelled three driveways of a skim of snow and then spend time trying to clear the ice buildup at the end of my driveway (success - no more ice dam).

Today was -11 C with blowing snow (white outs in some areas just north of here) so I did little jobs around the house.

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Audrey, it sounds like PEACHESAUSSIE did just that! Now, that's a dedicated polewalker! I don't have room in my apartment for that, I'm afraid! Walking in place, or a couple steps forward and back is all I can do.
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I FINALLY got out with the poles today. My friend and I walked for over an hour, not sure of the distance because we were exploring a trail that neither of us had taken before. It's been an unusually mild winter, so that's not gotten in the way of walking. But it's the time of year when I leave before it gets light, and get home after dark. So I'm limited to weekend, and am still not completely fit after a bad bout of bronchitis over New Year's. Today felt good, though. I'll sleep well - and probably feel it tomorrow.
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In two weeks, I fly to Florida and look forward to my beach meet-up group and the good time at breakfast after our walk!
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1/13/14 4:19 P

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Walked today with my Meetup group - but indoors at the local mall. Ice storm, snow, cold and now a January thaw with freezing temps at night! Streets and trails are a mess and too risky to walk.

Did not use poles - does anyone walk indoors with poles?????

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I was rainy today so I did a 4 mile WATP video. emoticon

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It's so cold now that I put the rubber tips on and tried 15 min inside. Will do another 15 later tonight I think. Sure isn't as much fun

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