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11/30/14 7:32 P

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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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11/26/14 10:15 A

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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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11/25/14 3:24 P

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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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11/20/14 7:29 P

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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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11/17/14 2:49 P

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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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11/16/14 5:24 P

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11/15/14 7:53 P

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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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I'm heading out today - it's clouding up, though, so I need to get my housework done so I can out before it rains!

Hills in Florida? Only ones I know of in my area are on Marco Island.

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11/14/14 9:20 A

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The next day after I got my new poles, I got to use them on a multi-use trail for an hour. Loved them. I'm feeling confident on my right side stride but my left hand stride is still a work in progress.

Yesterday, I did a hike of almost four hours on "sugar" sand. It's a very fine sand that is usually several inches deep and hard to walk through. I wanted to use my camelback hyrodpack. It holds 2 liters (can also put a 3 litter unit in). Because of that I used a pair of trekking poles that I keep in my car. This is the first time I've used two poles for a longer hike. Having two poles made a difference in how challenging the hike was. Being Florida it was fairly flat but a little more hills than the usual hike. It also had very little shade. The temp did make it to the upper 70's.

In looking for Nordic walking how-to video's, I ran across some Trekking pole how-to's. The recommended angle is 70 digress (Nordic 45 digress). Of course, you are planting tip of pole in front of you.



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Nice! Happy New Poles!

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11/9/14 4:31 A

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Correct poles, Neki Speed Pacer Vario, came in today. I was away when they came and didn't have them opened until after it started raining. I have been using them around house and love them. They have Neki's Trigger 3 release system for the straps. There is a loop that attaches to a groove. You push a button to release to unhook strap from pole. The one time I had done Nordic walking with a real set of poles, they had a quick release. It made life so much easier.

I'm looking forward to using them a lot.

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Elaine, I'm sorry you're having those issues! I would think that using the poles would help take stress off your back and hip muscles and not cause soreness or strain.

Are you doing a good stretching routine after you walk? I know that I sometimes hurt after a long walk if I don't stretch. You might also check your technique by asking someone to check your pole length and stride technique. As far as tips, I seldom use them. In Florida, I walk on the beach and here in Germany on paths and not pavement.

Maybe someone else on the team has had similar problems with back and hip pain and can give some insight?

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Michelle, can you help me here? I want to get started walking again but when I use my poles I end up with strained muscles in my back and hips. Am I doing something wrong.

When walking on the beach do you use different pole tips?

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Eileen, I'm a Florida girl myself - when I'm not in Germany - so I know about working out EARLY in the morning. I did a good bit of pole walking on the beach last summer in July and August, but we start at 6:30 AM!

I'm feeling great today even after such a long walk yesterday - guess I'm not as out of shape as I thought!

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Glad you got out!

I do have an advantage this time of year. I live in Florida so now it's going to be cool enough to use the poles more often. There are a few months of the year where it's only cool enough very early in the morning.

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Sorry for the hiccup, Eileen. Hope they get you the right poles soon!

I was out with my poles for the first time in weeks today - fabulous fall weather and I enjoyed revisiting one of my standard routes but this time with the colors of the season. I was going to take a nap but overcame the sluggishness and I'm sure this was the better alternative!

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11/2/14 12:30 P

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My poles arrived and they are the wrong ones. I've been in contact with the company I bought them from. They ship directly through Leki AND Leki shipped the wrong poles. They will have Leki ship the right ones and handle return of the incorrect ones. I'm feeling disappointed to say the least.

I did get a Fitbit Flex this past week. What a motivational tool!

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That's exciting, Eileen! I'll be interested to hear how you like the new poles.

I've been slacking on the "intentional" exercise lately. I walk a lot, especially now that I don't have a car. But it's not the same somehow. I've got my gym bag packed and ready to go for tomorrow. Pole-walking is mostly for weekends now that it gets dark so early but I WILL get out and do it this weekend!

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10/27/14 8:47 P

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I finally gave up on trying to use my Leki Trekking poles with a Nordic tip for Nordic walking. When my exercise streak (min. 4x/week & min. 30 min/session) reached 104 weeks or two years, I decided as my reward to order real Nordic poles. They should be here in the next few weeks. In the meantime, doing the best I can with my trekking poles.

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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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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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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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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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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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6/9 - 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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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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5/27/14 8:14 P

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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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