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8/12/14 9:55 A

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Laura, you are correct it was Zindel. That would be a good hike to do to get back on track. It is challenging, but not to challenging. I might be going out there on Sat, but not for a long hike. My sister wants to see the old house made out of stone brought back from Italy and the reservoir. She is not a hiker so we will not be going on any of the trails. But maybe we could do something either the 23rd or 24th. The goat path only takes less than 2 hours, but we could do gut check as well, although I have only been on it once and am not to confident on that trail, but could probably figure it out how to get back to the reservoir from that trail.

I am kinda glad that my Dad is in the nursing home. When he came home after the first long hospital stay, my Mom got really run down trying to take care of him. So for my Mom's health it is better he is there. He is also getting therapy every day, which he would not get if he were at home. And I am glad that there are things that my Mom is able to do, so that she will not be in danger of losing either her house, or ours to the nursing home.



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8/11/14 9:24 P

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Hello, both Kathy and Dee! We were talking about where to go, and I was thinking of McElhatten and that, uh, I hate being an old lady with Nominal Aphasia so that I lose names, the park with the letter Z, is it Zindel? or Zinfandel? Is this something that the three of us could arrange?

Kathy, I can empathize. My ol' Sweetie is not in the nursing home yet, but there will come a time when it happens....

I realize that after completing the Hyner in 2013 and then the Sproul, I deteriorated. Too much caregiving and too many things going wrong, and I fell apart and deteriorated. It takes so much time and effort to get healthy, but things can fall apart so very fast. I'm starting over again, back to Square One. I'm slow now and working on building my strength and endurance back up again, and working on beating diabetes once again.

I absolutely MUST walk or exercise every day. This is vital for health.

It would be great if the three of us could get together again and get that hike in somewhere!
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Hey there Kathy! We were wondering how you were doing, good to hear from you. I'm sorry you are having a difficult time and hope you find relief soon. Take care of yourself. Maybe we could hike sometime soon. You say when.......I'll try and make it work.

Laura, I enjoyed our short hike and look forward to doing it again soon. Fall is on it's way and I would love to go to Bear Meadows again, even just up the jeep road to the overlook would be nice.

I have my 18.12 Challenge in 2 1/2 weeks and that oughta be good. I hope that I can finish in the allotted time of 4 hours. I'm a bit nervous, but I think I can do it. I am gonna be one sore girl when that is done. I foolishly signed up for a half-marathon a week later, at least that has no time limit.

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8/11/14 9:38 A

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Glad you guys are getting out. I am still spinning twice a week, but have not been running or hiking much. I think my back and hips are finally starting to losen up and feel better. Just have to find the time. My Dad is in a nursing home, probably for good, so I am kept busy helping my Mom out and driving her up just about every evening to visit him.





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8/10/14 9:37 P

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This thread has been asleep for a while....

Changinghorses came to visit, and we went for a not-too-strenuous hike up a green wooded, green plant hill. I could tell that I've gotten horribly out of shape, overweight and out of condition. I have to get busy walking and hiking again if I don't want to get diabetes.

What a lovely day it was!
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Yes in deed, running season is starting. I have done lots of snow hiking this winter and it is tough! I will be snow/ice hiking this weekend again along the AT at Little Gap. Should see temps in the 40's and the snow will start the big melt. Woohoo!

We will try and see what we can come up with, maybe we can get somewhere closer to you.

Hope things go good for your Dad.

Keep pushing!



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3/3/14 10:06 A

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I am so ready for spring as well. Hoping to get out to the trails soon to start gearing up for Mile Run and Hyner challenge. I sprained a tendon in my foot during the Snowfest challenge. Hiking in over 6 inches of snow was rough.

April is going to be a busy month for me. I have just about every Sat booked right now with either a trail race or a 5K. Plus not sure how busy I am going to be. Looks like my Dad is going to have to have another round of chemo and radiation, so I will be busy looking after my parents as well.

I am looking forward to hitting the trails again, just going to be hard to find the time.



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Hiking vs snow shoeing season is right around the corner ladies! Are you ready? I know that I am. I want to see dirt under me feet now, no more snow!

Let's pick a date in April to get out on the trails again.

What do you say?

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I am sick right now again, so no playing in the snow for me. I feel lousy and I am going to be a good girl and call the doctor as soon as the office opens today. Meanwhile, I will dream of greener mountains and browner trails.
Good Luck on Saturday Kathy!
Ricketts Glen is a beautiful place. I think I will add it to my list this year also.
Susan, I have never been to Codurus but I understand it is pretty. We are lucky to have so many State Parks here in PA. They are a wonderful resource.
Laura, hang in there, better days are coming. Try and enjoy some of the sunshine today even if it is just for a drive.

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2/5/14 9:38 P

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I, too, an stupendously ready for spring. I'm having a problem dealing with winter this year. I don't know if it's the fact that I'm an old person, or if I'm just too stressed and burned out from caregiving.

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I am so ready for spring. Sunday I am doing snowfest and looks like we will have plenty of snow to hike in. Looking forward to getting out more. One of my friends just said she wants to hike rickets glen twice this year. I am excited. I love that trail with all the waterfalls.

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Good for you, embracing winter. I'm finding it hard this year. The caregiving is becoming onerous, and I find it difficult to do what I need to do for myself. And maybe because of my age I'm finding the cold hard to take.

But then, I think everyone else does, too. That polar stuff was pretty hard to deal with. Once it got into the low 30's I felt more like normal.

Snowshoes! They aren't strap-on tennis racquets any more! I see that you can even get Running Snowshoes. Running! I would have never thought that you actually run with those things.

My hiking poles have these thingummies near the points that can be changed. I suspect that the wide things are for hiking through snow.

I want to get moving again.

Now I'm gonna hop over to the Caregivers' SparkTeam and grumble a bit.

Dee, I'm looking forward to seeing you again.

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More snow on the way! More skiing and snow shoeing on the way! Trying to embrace the Winter and feeling like I am, but make no mistake, I can't wait for Spring!

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Would love to do it at Codorus State park, but not with the ice and snow. Hopefully in the spring, if it will ever come!

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Oh yuck, Dee...so the cold is hard on your lungs and asthma. I'm having a hard time with this cold weather. I have a tendency to hypothermia, well, not real hypothermia which means that the body is 95 degrees or less, but I go down to 96 degrees, and twice I got into the 95.something range. I can really feel it when I drop below the proper 98.6.

Sooner or later, sooner or later the weather will finally get better....

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I am trying to make the best of the winter weather, I have been X-C Skiing 3x in the past two weeks and I am hiking in spite of the cold and snow. No running right now but I can live with that. I love winter hiking and not worrying about the bugs or poison. I hate that I can't stop and enjoy the view because I will freeze my tush off. I hate that I have to wear so many layers of clothing, but I love my down vest! I hate that my water freezes when I am out there, but the hot coffee after the hike is so wonderful! The hot shower feels the best at this time of year too, after being out in the cold.
January is almost done so we are getting through it. Spring is right around the corner!
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1/29/14 4:59 P

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Good on you, Kathy! And whoop-de-doo that you're going to do the Hyner!!

Great also that the cold doesn't bother you. (I'm having a hard time with it. but maybe it's because I'm old.)
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I'm still around. I haven't died yet. But caregiving and handicapping ADD/ADHD have me pretty paralyzed right now.

Bleaghhh!

I glanced quickly at your posts. I'll get back as soon as I feel like a human bean again....

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Hey Kathy! Good to hear you got out on the trail again, hope all is well otherwise. Enjoy the Hyner! I am thinking about the Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge in May. So many choices, so little time.

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I was out hiking yesterday afternoon and the cold, the hills and the snow really put a hurting on my breathing. The lungs did not like and I needed my rescue inhaler twice. I think it was frozen the first time so I'm not sure I got any of the medicine on the first go round. From now on it stays in my pocket not my pack. I'm giving it another go today before more snow comes.

Enjoy your weekend ladies! Stay warm!

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Hello there...I have to say that the cold weather is getting to me. And I have to say that all the caregiving I'm doing is also getting to me. I'm being patient and knowing that things will eventually change.

I also got the news today that a cyberfriend of mine has died. It was not a surprise. I knew that he had terminal lung cancer. But I'm feeling kind of crappy today.

Tomorrow, hopefully, there will be more vigorous exercise.

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Glad to see you are both still staying active. I went hiking for the first time since July last Sunday. I did a 3.5 mile hike with 2 friends of mine. I think we are doing the same trail again this Sunday.

I guess I am lucky because the cold really does not bother me. In fact Wednesday night I ran 1.5 miles outside in the cold. I do make sure I wear layers and keep my face covered so I don't breathe in to much cold. I am really starting to gear up for Hyner. My goal is to do it in under 8 hours this year. I am also doing Snowfest at R.B. Winter State park on February 9th. That is 3.5 miles and I really want to do it in under an hour.




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Hang in there Laura! I imagine that is pretty difficult some days but I have found that we are tougher than we realize. Keep trying to make time to take care of yourself as best as you can. I remember care-giving for a short period of time and I thought some days that I just could not take anymore. It can be very frustrating and exhausting.

I still have not used my snow shoes yet this year but I did use my x-c skis last weekend. What fun! Other then that, I have been in somewhat of a funk myself. Winter is a tough time for me, but I try and make the best of it. Right now it seems to be getting the best of me.

I am hiking on Saturday though on the Appalachian Trail here at home. 11 miles or so.

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Hello hello hello! I did go out was it last Sunday when I thought it was warm because the Polar Vortex had left. I did my Sissy 5K, but this time I did a low impact jog instead of walking and did a 19 minute mile which is a record for me.

Someone on Spark People mentioned Leslie Sansone Walk At Home videos. Exercise videos are something new for me (even though Coach Nicole has vids on Spark People). I found a whole bunch of Leslie Sansone and other vids on YouTube.

Well, whoop-de-doo. I've found something that is not the same, obviously, as climbing mountains or heavy-duty hiking, but OTOH it does build endurance. I've been using these vids here in my kitchen - that's the neat thing about these Leslie Sansone videos - they can be done in a small space. I work up quite a sweat doing this. I did the 19 minute mile after having worked on building endurance in my kitchen.

I'm tired and worn out as a caregiver. I'm glad we do have a Caregiver Team here at Spark People. Allan broke his foot this week, and it means more doctors doctors doctors. Still I did get a hard half hour walk in this evening.

I was just thinking about you and snowshoes. I thought snowshoes are like big weird tennis racquets, But apparently I'm wrong. Apparently there are now new snowshoes that don't look like tennis racquets.

I saw that you responded to one of the MeetUp Women's Outdoor Adventure hikes. Right now I feel OVERWHELMED with caregiving and one thing after another. I do want to get a group of Slow and Steady Hikers happening, but right now I am in no position to be dependable. Too many emergencies and disasters happen in this house, and there are just too many doctor appointments.

I was about to write to you, but you read my mind!

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How's my Bellefonte Belle doing these days? Hope that you are getting out there when you can in this crazy winter weather.
I have been doing what I can. Time constraints and sickness have some times gotten the best of me though. I am going out with some friends here at home on Sunday for a good long hike. Maybe tomorrow I can get out for a short hike or run if the weather cooperates. I am ready for Spring. This winter is nuts. It snows but stick around long enough to enjoy, before you know it it's raining and icy instead. Right now it's all mud but tonight we are looking at snow.
Hang in there, Spring is coming!
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Ooooh my! I went to see the Knee Doctor yesterday for my two year checkup on the Brass Knee.

The Brass Knee is doing fine, the doctor says. And I'm in good shape. Of course I had to brag about going to Shingletown Gap and going up and up and up those rocks.

The doctor is familiar with those rocks, he's been out there. On the one hand he was congratulating an old lady such as myself for being able to get to the top of that awful rock pile. OTOH he was concerned that I could fall. And of course he's right. I don't have quite the balance of a younger person. It's not that the Brass Knee won't work, it's my age he's concerned about.

I assured him that I went slowly and made sure I had a grip and that my feet were placed. The doctor was torn between being pleased that I can do this at my age and not wanting me to fall.

And of course a fall would either be fatal or would result in lifelong and crippling injuries and most likely major brain damage.

The doctor encouraged me to hike on trails, and congratulated me again.

As for my daughter, she said that if I had indeed fallen and been killed or injured beyond recovery, well, on the one hand she'd grieve, but on the other hand...Hey! Mother Did What She Wanted To Do!! My Mother Is Out There With Her Friend, Doing This Great Thing. Mother isn't sitting home in a rocking chair like an old granny fading away. Go for it!

This cold has me staying indoors. But somebody on Spark People talked about Leslie Sansone's walking at home videos, and I went to YouTube and found a load of indoor walking workouts.

Yes, of course, walking inside isn't the same as going up a mountain or hustling up and down Bellefonte's hills. But these videos do have me working HARD and getting that endurance built up. I'll be curious to see if by building endurance in the house I will find that when I go out I will have more endurance and will be able to build up some speed.

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Yes, Bellefonte does have a lot to offer. I'm looking forward to getting out when the weather is nice and the trees are all full of new leaves.

An Ugly Sweater Race! Oh boy, I get that the idea is that you wear your most awful ugly sweater and go and have a good time? Some time I want to find out what a mud race is and see if it might be fun.

I finished shoveling snow, and then I went for a short-ish walk, .64 miles, around the block and around the periphery of the parking lot at the Willowbank Building. I will do some WalMart walking in a bit. I always rack up some steps when I go to WalMart.

Those speedy Outdoor Adventure Women are wanting to go snowshoeing. They are thinking of snowshoeing around the periphery of the golf course next to Penn State. It's pretty much flat. Or is that how it's supposed to be? Do people go climbing up mountains with snowshoes?

And in a little while I'll go out and get to WalMart and then have the afternoon with my best friend.
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That a wonderful walk/site seeing excursion! Bellefonte is a beautiful town with super hills and lovely architecture! Glad we did that yesterday, snowing like the dickens today.

I ran the Ugly Sweater 5k in the snow this morning! First time that I ever ran a race in the snow. What a hoot! Lungs were uncooperative and I had to do some walking, finished in 33:02 (pretty slow), 2nd place in my age group (not a very big race). But, as we say, I am beating depression and weight gain! I am still lapping those on the couch.

A nice hot shower and now I will enjoy the snowstorm and wrap gifts and write out Christmas cards.

Keep warm!

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Gentle Urban Hike with ChangingHorses yesterday! It was gentle because we were sightseeing more than exercising vigorously.

Whoop-de-doo! I could have gone to a Christmas party, but that would have meant being horribly tempted by holiday food, and having to socialize in a group where I don't really have much to socialize about or talk about. It was much nicer and better to walk around Bellefonte and look at the nice old buildings we have here.
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Another good day for you? A mountain hike before you got to the wedding? Yesterday was another lovely day. I did some leaf raking and some yard work. I wanted to be outside on such a nice day. Today I will have to pay the price and do some inside work, get this kitchen cleaned up.

No real walking for me, though, at least not this morning. I'd signed up for that really boring walk/run around the high school track early in the morning, but there's no way I can do it. I have this Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness I'd read about here on Spark People. I don't feel up to driving to State College and then hustling with those fast women, even though it's all right for me to fall behind.

I see from the weather map that rain is on the way. But it's not here yet, and it will be raining in the evening. So I might do a gentle walk here in the neighborhood. Keep moving a bit, but not hard today.

Dee, I really do appreciate it that you are willing to go out hiking with me. You have the experience and speed, and it's good of you to come with someone who is slow.

I'm feeling really good about what we did. That was one great hike!
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Ha! Ha! The was some huge pile of rocks! Yes, there really is no trail going up over it. We know why don't we? We will have to explore the rest of the area and just laugh at the rock pile when we walk past it again!
You did very well Laura! I am proud of you for even making the attempt, many people would not even consider it. You conquered it!
I am happy to get out there with you! Saturday was just as gorgeous here in Central Pa as Friday was. I hope that you got out some in town. I had a nice walk up the mountain here before leaving for the wedding, very pretty morning.
Looks like rain today but I will get out there.
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Well! Wow! Oh my goodness! Dee and I did it! We climbed up a humongous ginormous mountain of rocks, big honkin' fat boulders!

I think Dee deserves a medal for being my mentor and trail companion in this.
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Or some sort of trophy.
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I want one, too.
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I asked Nice Mr. Google, and I found a map of the trails in the area. I'd say we went some three miles. I see that the trail goes around alongside the mountain, and a couple of other trails branch of and go up to the top of the mountain where you can go around the mountaintop.

There is no trail depicted at the southwest (I think that's the direction) end of that stinkin' big fat mountain. That whole end is all rocks. All great big fat monster boulders. You climb those boulders, one rock at a time, and look around, thinking you've gotten there, but no. Look up. You haven't even begun to reach anything near the top. Keep going. No, we aren't there yet. One rock after another.

I said to Dee that it is "Wonderful-Awful". There is a local group of outdoorsy women who are very athletic and sporty, and they just went tearing up those rocks a month or two ago. For them it was easy, all in a day's work. They're runners, and they can go fast. But for me at my age, and the fact that I've been hiking for only a little more than a year, it was super challenging and slow work. Both "What on earth am I doing here? How did I get here?" and "Wow, isn't this simply astounding! Isn't this breathtaking!" This view is amazing!". It was one of those things I felt glad to be doing, and at the same time wondering if I was crazy.

Eventually we did get to the top, and we could see for miles and miles. It was a great hike, and as we came down a switchback we found such lovely huge rhododendrons and big hemlock trees.

I'm so glad Dee suggested this hike today. And the weather was perfect! It was a great day,
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Thanks, Dee, for being such a nice friend.
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The weather should be somewhat mild today. Low 50's, at least here on the ground. Up on the rock pile it might be cooler, but still not quite as chilly as the last time we were out. I'm still in the process of learning what to bring, what to wear, all that good stuff.
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Woohoo! Let's go hiking! See you at noon!

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Well...there you are. The woman fell, and she was alone. As much as I'd like to go hiking whenever I am in the mood, I really will need to wait until I can go with someone else. I'm just old enough and not as steady as I'd like to be. There have been several time when I would have lost my balance and fallen if I hadn't had my poles to steady myself.

I'd be delighted if we can arrange for Dee and me to join you, Kathy, at Zindel Park.

And Dee, I'll be there at noon, ready to get to work on that great big rock pile.

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Zindell park is in McElhattan. About 5 to 10 minutes outside of Lock Haven. The goat path is only about 3-4 miles, but there are some other trails that can make the hike longer. I don't believe anyone hunts near the hiking trails. It is on city property and tons of people use the trails everyday. I have never seen any deer near the trails, only rattle snakes and porcupines. I have heard people running into bear around there, but I have not had that experience yet, thank god.



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Where exactly is Zindel again? Maybe we can put this on the list for a Saturday and you (Kathy) can show us around. I can't this weekend though, have a wedding to go to out of town. Is this a county park? Is there any hunting there? How big is it?

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There is a path that is pretty tame without much elevation. I prefer the goat path which is somewhat technical in spots and that is the trial I want to do this Sunday. My mom does not like me to go alone either. A lot of people use the path so I usually don't worry to much. But we did have a lady a month ago fall off the trail and she was hiking alone. Local hikers found here just in time to safe her life. They said if she would have been lost for another hour she might have died from hypothermia.

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Zindel, now that's a park that I want to discover. Something I need to find is a trail that I can go on by myself and not have to worry about falling on rocks - my daughter howls at me that I must not try to go up Nittany alone, and I do have to agree with her.

I don't think I will race in the Hyner this coming year. I have so much caregiving to do now that I don't see my way clear to train properly. I do go out, I go out a lot, but I don't like to be too far away or out for too long. Caregiving is top priority now.

But I do want to find out about Zindel. Are the trails there safe enough that I can go alone and not worry about falling?

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Hey guys, glad to see you still out hiking. Can't do Friday, I work till 4:00, but thanks for asking. I am thinking of doing Zindel this Sunday just to get out on the trails. Time to start thinking of Hyner. Also if you guys are free on Black Friday, they do a big group hike at hyner that day. You can choose to either do the whole Hyner course or only parts of it. I was thinking of doing just 6 miles of it. I can post details if you are interested.

I did run a 5K two weekends ago and am running another 5K next weekend. I have not been running as much as I should because of Planters Fasciitus in my left foot. But I am spinning 3 to 4 times a week, so I have not lost any of my fitness.



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Okey doke, I'll be at Shingletown at noon, ready to climb those rocks. I can do it as long as I'm not expected to race and beat other people to the finish line. I told my friend to tell his wife who has our book club that I won't be there on Friday. She understands that I need to exercise to keep the pre-diabetes really pre and gone. My weather app says that Friday will be zero precipitation, with a high of 53, which is good for hiking.

We're in business! Anyone else in the central PA area? Kathy? Anyone want to come along?

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Shingletown Gap it is! I got the area pretty much figured out and I have a map. We are good. We will take the rock scramble IF you want to. It is rather fun and really not that hard. We can take our time and enjoy the climb and the views. No racing.
What time can you meet? Noon again?

Anyone else in the State College area want to join us on Friday? I can't wait.

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The woods it is! The only question is, which woods? I'm more familiar with Nittany. Shingletown will still be new to me since I dropped out of the hike and turned back. Do you know Shingletown well enough, or have the map?

I gather you're thinking of Victorian Christmas here. How nice it is depends on the weather, of course.

We have our first snow, too. It's not awful, though. The streets are clear, the snow is on the lawns and gardens. I have to take Allan to have his wrist operated on this morning. I hope I can get out and walk to Curves this afternoon.

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Well Laura, we can do whichever you prefer. You have a lot of great ideas going on. The woods is always a nice healing place but I also enjoy walking town on occasion. Bellefonte sounds like a great walkable town with lot's of interesting things to see. I definitely want to do this. I was also thinking about checking out the Christmas Festival that they do, it sounds lovely. I could use a little boast of Christmas spirit.

Maybe we should "take to the woods" once more before the snow sets in and save Bellefonte for a winter walk when the mountain is not as easily accessible. Seems to make sense. What do you think? Even with 4-wheel drive, those mountain roads make me nervous when covered in snow.

Either will be great! I am feeling a little bit better but still have not had any serious exercise in days. Doctor says, I am doing the right thing. Ugh. I just want to get out and run. We have snow on the ground here this morning.

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I'd be delighted to see you. I can make myself free (not going to book club at noon) as long as we have no sudden medical incidents arise with Allan.

Now, do you want to climb mountains? If mountains are beckoning, then either Nittany or Shingletown will fill the bill. If we go to Shingletown, would we be climbing up the rocks? I do believe I can climb those rocks, but I will be slow. I can go up them, but it will take me a long time, too long a time to have hiked with those swift-flying women. But I can do it if others are patient with me.

Now, Bellefonte...that would not be mountain climbing, it would be walking in or near town. No rocks or challenging things like that. Town walking, sidewalk walking. And we would want to decide just how hard we want to make the walk.

You'd come to my house and park in the nice handy-dandy parking lot in back (there used to be a beauty shop in this house, and there's parking, and the beauty shop is now my studio, or it was my studio but right now it's where I toss clutter). We'd head down Willowbank Street and then up Stoney Batter. At that point we'd decide, the Scenic Route, the Evil Hill Route, or Herbie's Hometown Loop.

Bellefonte has lovely old buildings. State College has torn lots of old things down, but Bellefonte has started preserving their old places. (They started too late. They tore down lovely old places to build the YMCA and the bank, which are out of place.) I tell people, when you're walking through Bellefonte be sure to look up. Beautiful upper windows and roofs.

The Evil Hill route would take us over the Seven Hills o' Bellefonte (and probably Halfmoon Hill, which is UP). If Italy has the Seven Hills of Rome, Centre County has the Seven Hills o' Bellefonte, so named by my daughter, and those hills are up and down and up and down. When I trained for the Hyner I hustled back and forth over those miserable hills. The Women's Adventure Club does an Urban Cardio Hike that takes them over these stinkin' hills.

I could map out a route that includes both the scenic streets and one way over those awful hills. (And we'd be on High Street, where the Cafe on the Park is, but they close at 2 or when the food runs out, whichever comes first; and Cool Beans Coffee Shop which I also want to support. Your money is no good here, you aren't from Bellefonte, so it's my treat.)

Herbie's is easy for me now. It starts with a really nasty but short hill, but after that there's a lot of flat stretches and a couple of easy hills and ending with, well, Spring Street is coming down and then a brief-ish up and another down. It's easy for me and would be easy for you, and we'd see Outer Suburban Bellefonte, and Curtin Street, which is the nice tony neighborhood - I live in a working class neighborhood on the main drag. I enjoy doing the Herbie's Race because it raises money for a good purpose, and it makes me feel all good and Bellefont-y, and it commemorates our Native Son who got killed in the Virginia Tech shooting. (His sister has written a book. I found it at a yard sale and bought it because the money goes to this do-good fund. I do believe that this young man who got killed may well have come into the dairy store where I worked for 10 1/2 years - his family drank our milk - and he was a classmate of the farmer's son.) But I think Herbie's is just too easy, and although Curtin Street is lovely (I have friends up there in a particularly interesting house), I don't think the Herbie's Loop should be our first choice.

Another possibility is to go down Willowbank Street and through Talleyrand Park. I love our park! I'm so grateful that I live in a little town that has a such a beautiful park within walking distance! And then we'd head out walking along the road to Coleville. I didn't realize Coleville was that close. Driving is so different from walking, and since there's Halfmoon Hill between Coleville and the Bush Addition where I live (but the Bush Addition has a Bellefonte address and telephone number, and you wouldn't realize that I'm actually in Spring Township rather than the Borough of Bellefonte), I didn't realize how close Coleville is. We'd be walking around the end of the hill. Only a mile or so.

I mapped out the distance. I wanted to do ten miles. I went from my house through the park, through Coleville, on up towards Purdue Mountain, to Valley View till I got to Upper Gyp Road. That was five miles. I turned there and came back. That was walking along a road. It was not hiking up a rocky mountain.

Some day I want to take that route, but instead of going left onto Valley View I want to go up along the ridge of Purdue Mountain and down into Unionville. And then rest a bit, eat something if that cafe in Unionville is open, and then come back. My daughter screams at me, "Mother!!! You'll get hit by a car!! I worry about you out there!!" How far to Unionville by that route? Ten miles? And twenty when I walk back. I don't know. I though of it because it's longer than the Hyner... Some day I'll calculate the mileage better.

If we do Bellefonte I'd recommend that I work out a route that takes us up Stoney Batter, through the scenic streets, over the Seven Hills o' Bellefonte, past Cool Beans (the Cafe on the Park may be closed by that time), and through the Park. (Oh, and we'd be passing our little art gallery. It's tiny, wouldn't take long at all to go through, but it's worth passing through as we pass by.)

So let's talk and decide what would be good for Friday.

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Good for you Laura! Hope all went well today. It was a blustery day.

I have been sick for a few days now and did not go to my race yesterday in Belleville. Very bummed about it but I know that it was the right thing to do for my lungs. I have been doing as close to nothing as I can stand all weekend.

I am coming up on Friday if you can get out. We can either hike or you can whoop my hiney in Bellefonte. I'll let it up to you this time. We can do Nittany or go up Shingletown Gap. Think about it and let me know what you would like to do.

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Tomorrow is a 5K walk/run early in the morning. It will be cold, but I'm still going to go. All that exercise helps beat pre-diabetes. I had another A1c test, and this time it's down another point, from 5.3 to 5.2.

Today I was at two belly dance workshops. I shimmied my butt off, and now I'm tired but I'm not going to bed yet. There's a benefit performance to raise money for PAWS, which is a no-kill animal shelter, and the belly dance teacher who came to teach the workshop will be dancing. I'm outta here.
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Oh boy, balloons on my Spark Page today! And an invitation for a Friday hike? Depends on whether or not we have an emergency or a disaster.... I never know these days what will happen.

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Wow! I don't use a cellphone when I'm walking - actually I rarely use such a thing and almost never receive a call unless somebody needs to call about something, and I give my number. But there you were walking along and having a conversation!

I'm going to go and have a look at your pictures.

I've been making an effort to get my half hour in. It's been hard lately because my days are so badly jammed up with Allan's doctor appointments.

But my daughter and I did walk the dawg tonight, which means we don't go all that fast because Simon Dawg has to stop and sniff and pee.
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Okay, this Lame-O walked 90 minutes today! Woohoo! When I started, I was only going to my 30 minute minimum and be done. I had the pleasant surprise of a phone call and then company while I was walking and we ended up going 90 minutes. It was a very nice walk of 30 minutes alone and 60 minutes with my son. It made my day!

Otherwise, I posted some of the photos from Laura's and my hike last Friday. We had a nice hike and would any company if someone else is up to it.


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Sorry it took so long to reply to your posts Laura. I have had a challenging week. My hiking last weekend was very cool and I was hoping to post photos but time is getting away from me. I hope to do it soon.

I enjoyed hiking with you and look forward to our next hike. Maybe in November. 15th is looking like a possibility for me.

I have not exercised in three days. There, I admitted it. I have been a total Lame-O. I was going to run this evening but my brother called and wanted to go out for wings. "Um.....wings with my brother or run?" I have to say I don't make a habit of it and I don't get out with my brother a whole lot, so the wings won that one. I will run tomorrow for a good long run and then I have a race on Saturday. I think I'm covered. But I still feel like a Lame-O. The week has been busy. No excuses, just saying.

Good luck on your Year End Diet. I am going to commit to exercising everyday in November. At least 30 minutes daily. No Excuses!

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Oh poop. It's raining. But I absolutely MUST do at least some walking every day.

Today the Holiday Diet starts, and I have to get really serious about it.
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Hello, Dee! How was the weekend, how was the camping and all the hiking? I hope you'll blog about it and put up pictures.

For me it's been doctor doctor doctor, Allan's doctors, that is. I work to squeeze exercise for myself in between all the doctor appointments.

The Diet starts tomorrow. Yes, I know, Halloween is the start of the Holiday Season, and that's the point. I want to reach January 1st with a weight loss, not the usual weight gain. And I need to be serious about walking every day and trying to get in a hard and strenuous walk at least once a week.

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Oh boy, Dee and I had a good hike, vigorous and properly tiring. I'm having problems with depression due to a very stressful caregiving situation, and getting that hard exercise has made an improvement. Dee took pictures, and maybe she will share them in her blog.

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According to the weather forecast I have on this computer it will be partly cloudy with a high of 50. That's like it was at the Hyner, or maybe a few degrees better. It was cold that day, upper thirties, mid forties.

And you're camping? Well, people do go camping in all weather and temperatures. I've seen pictures of pretty tents in the snow.

For me it's what to do with the various body parts. The core is warm, the fingers and nose are cold. Even in sandals my feet were the warmest part of me. I learned that I need to have shirts that unbutton or unzip when my core gets too warm. I need to find the right kind of glove or mitten.

When I used to go to a gym, the treadmill was the only thing I liked, oddly enough. Well, Curves is a kind of a gym, but it's different from the usual kinds of gym, and it's something I can keep up with. I've lasted two years now. Whenever I've joined a conventional gym I'd hate it so much that I just couldn't force myself to keep going, and all the money I'd spent on the membership would be wasted.

There's no treadmill at Curves, but whenever possible I walk there and back. As long as roads and streets aren't icy Bellefonte has all the walking I need. Not the same as hiking up a mountain, of course, but there's plenty of opportunity for strenuous walking.

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SSHHAARROONNAA - The Dreadmill is no fun. I hate it and use it as my absolute last resort. I hike in Northern Berks and Lehigh county a lot if you ever want to join us.

Laura - We are going to have to put the "power on" to keep us warm while we are out on Friday! And to think, I am camping on Friday night! I am going to get chilly.

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I hike through the sections in lower bucks and since it's getting darker earlier I have to keep it to the weekends emoticon So it's treadmill time for me, bummer!

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Hello, Dee...I've gotten your e-mails and will get back to you some time tomorrow. Today has been stressful and busy. Allan fell again in the middle of the night, and we got a reminder for an appointment that isn't in my datebook, so I'm going to have to play telephone tag with the doctor's office to find out what this is all about. I have to cool my overworked brain now. But tomorrow we can figure out a good place to hike.

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Did not feel all that great over the weekend and not much hiking. Felt better yesterday and it was a beautiful fall day on the trails. Looking forward to hiking next weekend for sure!

Laura I sent you an email @juno.

Anyone else out there hiking???

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Good morning, Dee...I hope that by this coming week Allan will be out of the hospital and will be well enough that I can leave him for an afternoon. I don't expect him to be in the hospital more than a couple of days or so. We aren't to the point yet where I am trapped in the house having to watch him all the time.

I want to enjoy hiking with you while I can. There may come a time when I have to get someone to come in and stay with him if I want or need to get out. And when that time comes I may have only an hour or so, not an afternoon or a day.

Once it gets like that, though, it will be nursing home time.

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Laura don't worry about me. I will touch base with you on the phone next week and we can play it by ear. I'm flexible and I understand your issues. You take care of business and we will work something out.

I hope today is better for you and Allan. My thoughts and prayers are with you girl.
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Today was rough. I took Allan to the Emergency Room and they admitted him. I am so frustrated. The reality is that I cannot promise anything. I don't know what will happen on any day. I want to come to Greenwood Furnace, but what if something goes wrong? I don't know that there's cellphone service there. How can I communicate with you?

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Oh my, Dee, thanks for your kind words!

I've never done a blog. I gather that Spark Members automatically have a place for a blog on our Spark Page? Blogging would be something new for me.

But yes, perhaps I should write about changing goals. Not trying to be a jockette who races and competes, but doing what I can for health.

It's odd. If you were to ask me what I really like the most, I'd tell you that I love to sit on my butt, shovel food in the pie hole while (a) reading a good book, (b) socializing with friends. (c) taking part in an interesting discussion, (d) watching or listening to something interesting.

On Saturday I did that very thing. I went back to my old job for one day. I spent most of my time at the store sitting on my butt, shoveling food in the pie hole and reading an entertaining novel. The store is pretty slow.

I didn't get my 10,000 steps in, didn't get any real exercise and didn't get all eight glasses of water. It was back to the way I used to be as a Professional Couch Potato.

And I didn't feel good. Even though exercise is hard work and not "fun" in the way eating and reading are it makes me feel better somehow. Now I find I need to get moving.

Today is heavy exercise day. Jazzercise for an hour, then walk to Curves and do my workout, which takes another hour, and then bellydancing for an hour in the evening.

So far it looks like no rain for the 25th. Of course the weather forecast always changes over time, but things should work out okay.

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Well Laura, I think that you are doing a great job! And you statement here says it all: "In the end what really matters is that I Beat Pre-Diabetes, Keep A Healthy Heart, Postpone Alzheimer's, and Don't Be A Burden On My Daughter In My Old Age." Your post would make a great blog!

I have to be careful not to compare myself to others when it comes to exercise. Now, if I compare myself to the woman that I was 6 years ago, I am freaking awesome! And so are you!

I think that you are doing what you can, when you can, with what you have and that is great. Perhaps you could start getting the names and numbers of some the "slower" women that you meet and you gals can keep in contact via phone or email and get together for slower walks as you have opportunity for.

I love that you keep an open mind and do not back down at the first road block. You are a trooper and you always find a way. You could never, ever be "The Grand Loser".

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Slow slow slow! I'm slow, that's all!

The Women's Adventure Club did a hike/walk between Bellefonte and State College over a paved walking/running/bicycling path. Once again they went chugging ahead while I fell behind. One other woman fell behind, too, a woman I've met and interacted with in other situations. Linda's and my paths keep crossing here and there, and this evening we were left behind.

If this had been a race I'd have been the Grand Loser, and Linda would have been the Loser Runner Up.

Yes, in fact I'm just too overwhelmed with caregiving to start the Slow and Steady Hikers' group. Until my situation changes I'll just have to come along on hikes where I know where I am and can be safe once I'm alone, and I'll have to agree with the leader that if I fall too far behind I will take care of myself and get home on my own.

Linda and I kept on going until we decided it was time for us to turn around and head back. I've done the math and I see that we did a 21 minute mile, which is not bad, but nowhere as fast as the rest of the group who was totally out of sight before long.

I don't know what it takes to build up my speed. Maybe I can get faster, but then again, maybe this is as fast as I'm going to go. Maybe I'll never get any faster, and if I do the Hyner again, maybe once again I'll come in at the end. I just don't know how much more I'll be able to improve.

Maybe racing isn't the thing for me. Maybe just being able to get out and hike vigorously is good enough.

In the end what really matters is that I Beat Pre-Diabetes, Keep A Healthy Heart, Postpone Alzheimer's, and Don't Be A Burden On My Daughter In My Old Age.

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I'm hanging in, but feeling kind of overwhelmed nevertheless, managing Allan's doctor appointments and medical needs. I hope we have good weather on the 25th, and I hope nothing gets scheduled for that day to mess things up.

That Hawk Mountain hike sounds so great. Will you be posting pictures on your blog? And did you get to see the birds?

A vigorous hike and then out to dinner!
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I had a wonderful hike yesterday at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary! The weather turned out to be spectacular and the group that hiked with me was awesome! We had so much fun. Hawk Mt is a wonderful place that does studies all about raptor migration and this is the time of the year to go. There are some wonderful views and sometimes you get lucky and see some really cool birds flying above. We took the most difficult hike which had lots of rock scrambling and some good climbs, I burned lots of calories yesterday! (and then I went out for dinner)

Hope you are hanging in there Laura and look forward to seeing you next week.

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Hello, Dee...I'm having second thoughts about trying to start a hiking group right now. It's one thing to sign up for a hike and then have to call or e-mail the leader to say that I won't be there because a doctor appointment got scheduled for Allan and I can't change it. It's another thing to be the leader and organizer and then have to call the whole thing off because of caregiving duties. This caregiving is getting pretty demanding.

On Friday the 25th I have to take Allan to the doctor, but it's EARLY, like 7:30 in the morning. Ugh, I hate to have such early appointments, but it means I will have the rest of the day. I just hope the doctor's office doesn't change the appointment time. Today the time got changed twice.

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Hey Laura, you didn't miss anything. I wouldn't let you out it that easy! Greenwood is on Friday Oct 25, two weeks away.

I have been pretty busy this week also with the death of a family member and all that brings, as well as work with the bosses all being away. It's been crazy.
I can't wait for the week to be over. Next week I will concentrate on our hike.

Maybe we can talk more then about whether or not you want to lead hikes right now. You sound too stressed. It is easy to do, comes with some responsibility, yes, but it is nothing to worry about. Think of yourself as a "planner". Maybe start small with some walks in the parks on the well marked paths or sidewalks. How about Millbrook Marsh for example?

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Oh phooey, Dee, did I miss something? Greenwood Furnace? I'm overwhelmed with Caregivng. It's wearing me out.

I still want somehow to have the Slow and Steady Hikers happening.

I talked with Coach Rose and asked what to do if you have a bunch of people but don't have a sweeper.

Whistles. Everyone must have a whistle, and when you no longer can see the person in front of you you blow that whistle, and the person in front is supposed to stop and wait for you to be in sight.

One blow means "wait up for me, I'm being left behind". And I know from what Rose told me before, three blasts on the whistle is SOS emergency. Somebody fell and broke their ankle or something and we need to call for someone to come in and rescue a person in real distress.

I want to do this, and I need to fit it in with caregiving duties...

Ugh....

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I just wrote to Lisa about starting the Slow and Steady Hikers group. This is a totally new venture for me. I also spoke with Coach Rose.

Ugh! I thought the 25th was a Saturday, but I see it's a Friday. Weekdays are more problematic because Things Happen. Often there are doctor appointments, and I have a Book Club that meets at noon till 1:30.

But I will skip the Book Club that day, and I will hope that there are no doctor appointments scheduled. Since I know in advance, I can try to not schedule anything for that day.

Early afternoons would be better. It takes a bit of time to get to Greenwood Furnace, and the days will be shorter. Although if I skip my book club, I could come earlier, as long as there is nothing interfering. (It's hard to be a caregiver and have a life of my own.)

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OMG yes! There is a great need in groups for slower hikers. I like to lead hikes and I try once in awhile to do a slow hike but most of the people that show up like a faster pace. Slower people won't usually come out unless it is advertised as slow.
In most groups you have the lead person and then you have the sweep (person at the very end). The sweep has the very important job of making sure that no one is left behind. Everyone stays between the lead and the sweep. If the group gets too spread out then the lead stops and waits for everyone to catch up and regroup.
Leading is a great way to go on hikes that fit your ability and your schedule.
I'll come up with a plan for Greenwood on Oct 25. Do you prefer morning or afternoon?


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Well, I'd be delighted to come to Greenwood Furnace. If no health crises happen and nothing goes wrong I'll be there.

And now I"m going to e-mail Lisa from the Friday night Group. We're going to talk about how to start a Slow and Steady group for people who o know how to hike but are not as fast. I talked with Coach Rose and she urged me to do it, and to post a notice at Curves once it gets to happening. I was saying that I found it discouraging to be so slow that I was left behind, and that there may well be other women who are discouraged because it's too hard to keep up. Rose said an enthusiastic Yes.

This would be something new for me. I'll have to learn how to do this sort of thing and start something and be in charge of it.

You're a hike leader, if I understand correctly?

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Yes, there were more rocks above what we could see. The group did move rather fast. I realize that maybe we were racing the darkness but it would have been nice to stop and look out to the view a little longer.

I am going to be back in the area on Oct 25. I will be camping at Greenwood Furnace, maybe we could meet during the day that day for a hike. What do you think?

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And I was so glad to see you too, Dee...I could have climbed the rocks, it's not that I felt incapable of going up, but I'm SLOW!

I realized from the get-go that I could not keep up. Everyone was way way ahead of me in no time at all. And since everyone was ahead, they couldn't see that I'd fallen behind and was having real trouble going fast enough. If the rock climb hadn't been as close as it was, I would have had to shout and yell and get someone's attention and then say that I was going to turn back. I knew I couldn't finish because of the speed.

If I get left behind in Bellefonte it's no problem, I'm right near home wherever we are. But if the group had gotten so far ahead of me that nobody could hear me calling, well, there would be a problem. I don't want to get lost in the mountains with night coming on, nor do I want to be irresponsible and have the leader suddenly realize I was missing later on and not know where I was.

45 minutes to go up the rocks?? From the ground it didn't look all that high. Or did the boulder field go on and on?

I want to e-mail the leader of both this hike and the Bellefonte hike and find out how all this leading is done. And I'd like to see if I could start a Slowpoke Group for women who want to hike, but, like me, are not as fast as the others in this group. Being slower does not mean that we aren't working on hiking and getting vigorous exercise. I just can't go as fast as women who are either much younger or who have spent their lives being vigorously active.

I made up for it this morning by taking the long way to Curves. The long way is my 5K walk, and Curves is along the route. I did a 22 minute mile, which is acceptable. If I hustle I can do a 20 minute mile. My normal pace is around a 24 minute mile.

I'll be seeing you again!

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It was really good to see you yesterday Laura! Hope you feel more rested this morning.

You did the right thing by turning back when you did. The rock climb was pretty strenuous and as a group, these gals were pretty fast. It was a challenging climb but once to the top it was much better for the rest of the hike. We probably spent about 45 min climbing up the rocks.

I think we can do it again sometime but at a time when we can go slower and have more daylight. I'm not real keen on rocks in the dark.

Have a good weekend!

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Good morning, Dee...well, if you love hills, we sure got 'em. (And we have a perfectly lovely little cafe which we pass on the route the women use. After a morning urban hike, there we'd be: http://www.cafeonthepark.net/ )

I'll be at the trailhead around 5:30. I'm looking forward to seeing you.

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Laura, you'll have to give me the grand tour of Belleville one day, that sounds like my kind of walking town. I love hills! "Power On!"
I am hiking this morning on the AT near Harrisburg and then meeting the women in Shingletown this evening. I have a full day but it should be splendid!
Hope to see you later. I aim to get there about 5:30 or so.

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EEEEEYOWWW!!! Hello, Dee...I went on that in-town Bellefonte Urban Cardio Hike, and let me tell you, those women are SERIOUS HIKERS, and those Bellefonte hills are heavy-duty industrial-strength hike-you-butt-off hills. They mapped out a route that goes over the nastiest ugliest hardest hills in this tiny town. I'm worn out now.

What I'd like to do is go by myself over that route and build up my speed. According to the Spark People mileage tracker I did an 18 minute mile, which is too fast for me at this time. No wonder I'm half dead. (And I'm going to use the Spark People map to see if I get the same mileage for this urban hike, 4.9.) If I can walk this particular route over and over I should be able to build up more speed and get better at it.

This is a good route to train for ugly hills. Of course, though, there are no three-mile hills like the Sproul, where it was three miles straight up, unrelieved UP. And the Hyner went on all day for me, ten and a half hours. But if I can get to where these awful hills are easier, that will be something.

As I was soldiering on, chugging up that last horrid hill, I was asking myself what I want. Do I want to be a macho, uh, macha, Hero doing impossible things, or do I want to beat diabetes, keep a healthy heart, postpone alzheimers and not be a burden on my daughter in my old age? I want to be healthy, that's the goal. Do I have to race in the Hyner? Do I have to keep proving what a Wonder Woman I am? Do I have to be this Living Legend of Old Lady Achievements?

Or do I keep working out at Curves, dancing at Jazzercise, keep walking daily and going up Bellefonte hills without hustling like a young athletic woman? I don't know. I don't know yet just how much I have to do to maintain health.

(Don't mind my rambling. I'm tired now. I talked like this after the Hyner and after the Sproul.)

I didn't expect to be this tired. As for tomorrow's hike, I want to see you, of course.

What I am going to do is come to the trailhead. I'll be there. I want to say Hello to you, and I want to see the women who are hiking. Whether or not I go up the mountain will depend on how tired I am.

I haven't seen this trail yet (even though I've lived in this area all my life minus the 16 years in the Ithaca area and even though my friend had a cabin up there), so I don't know how treacherous it is. If I'm still tired but the beginning of the trail is safe and easy, I may come along part way with you and then turn around and go back. (I have to be sure that there's no dangerous rocks or things to fall over and have an accident.)

OTOH I might do the whole hike. I won't know till tomorrow. Right now I'm tired and full of questions. It's been only ONE year since I've been hiking and doing these strenuous things, less than one year (and there were these young strong women who could RUN up one of Bellefonte's ugliest hills at the END of our hike, and I have to tell you that my competitive side kicked in and I almost wanted to break into a low-impact run at that impossible point, but I didn't, too tired then), and this old lady did enough this evening.

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The ball fields are on the right, Mountain Rd is on the left. They have the directions wrong.


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Hi, Dee, unless something gets in the way I do want to do the Shingletown hike. I'm confused about the right turn after the ball fields direction, though. If we're on route 45 from Boalsburg I really think it's a left turn. The ball fields aren't directly on the highway. Yes, if you go to the ball fields and then come back out onto the highway there will be a right turn. But then there's a left turn.

I had a friend who had a cabin up there. It's been years and years since I was up there, like back in the 1970's. I don't know if the cabin is even still there...

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I seen you found the hike on meetup. Maybe I will see you there!

Keep pushing Laura, you have come too far to go back! You are an amazing woman!
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Thanks for the info, Dee. I likely have it somewhere in this badly cluttered computer. I'll look for it again and respond to them.

Yes, it's two hikes back to back, but the 4.7 or however much of Bellefonte Urban Hiking is not that hard for me. I'm getting used to these hills here. I'll go barefoot in Bellefonte (and pack my little folding "emergency shoes" so that they will let me into Hofbrau. They tell me to bring a headlamp, but in Bellefonte the streets are lit. And I won't wear myself out by running up the hills, which I've just started doing.

I'll have my hiking sandals on for the Friday hike, and there I will need the headlamp.

(And the exercise is still paying off. I went to the doctor yesterday and learned that my A1c level has dropped again and is now 5.3. I'm still beating diabetes. And keeping a healthy heart, and postponing alzheimers, and hopefully not being a burden to my daughter in my old age.)


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Hey Laura, it is with the Women's Adventure Club of Center County Meetup. It is near Shinglestown and it sounds like it is a shorter hike but pretty rocky. You may wear yourself out if you do the Hilly hike on Thursday and try to do this one on Friday.
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Dee, I do want to come out on Friday. Is this a MeetUp hike? Right now I'm totally exhausted after a frustrating doctor visit with Allan. I need to look at the MeetUp posts to see what's happening.

Or is it something other than the Women's Adventure Club? Is there another women's hiking group? I'd like to come.

I hope that tomorrow morning my brains will work better and I can see what is going on and what hikes are planned. I already posted (I think) about the in town Bellefonte Urban Hike over our awful hills that is happening on Thursday.

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Oh my goodness, Dee! That is truly wonderful! I'm going to tell Coach Rose about it. Of course getting people out of bed early to climb a mountain is different from getting them to go out for the sunset. And with my increasing caregiving I'm not sure anymore what I can do. But it's sure something I WANT to do.

Good for you! Those pictures are a joy to see.
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I'm hanging on right now. I spent today at the hospital while Allan had an operation on his wrist. It seems like there's so much disorderly caregiving stuff to do. But I haven't given up.

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Kathy - I hope you are able to get back out there soon. Good luck in the color run, let us know how you make out.

Laura - Keep trying to do what you can when you can. Sometimes we have to make adjustments to our workouts and it stinks but we must keep fighting the beast.

Tough times don't last! I am living proof of that. Although I know, when you are in the trenches nothing seems like it will end.

Hugs coming to both of you gals!
Maybe we can hike soon. I am looking at October. (gosh this year is going quick)

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9/17/13 6:51 P

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Caregiving is driving me nuts now. I've missed my Curves workouts and some of Jazzercise. But I did low-impact *run* up one of our notorious evil hills here in Bellefonte. If I can't get to Curves or Jazzercise I still try to get those walks in there. I keep remembering I want to keep diabetes beaten.

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9/17/13 11:01 A

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Good luck with your half marathons. I am not really able to add much mileage lately. My planters fasciitis has flair back up and really bothers me when I run long distances. 5K are bearable, but afraid to go further.

I am looking forward to running the color run in State College on the 29th. I also want to start getting back into the woods and hiking again.



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9/13/13 7:55 P

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Of course I want to do the half marathon! Of course! But this caregiver business is just wearing me out! I can't guarantee anything! As things get worse here I need to know that there is someone who can step in while I'm away for the day.

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Okay Laura! We got the go ahead to walk to the half! Woohoo! They will let us start earlier so we finish around the same time as the runners. That is great!

Let me know if you are able to do this, we have a few weeks to decide.

Anyone else want to walk a Half Marathon? Near Lewistown, PA Oct 27

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9/12/13 8:27 P

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My pace? When I'm moving along I can do a 20 minute mile.

Right now I'm disappointed. I was all looking forward to this Sunday evening and Rose's Sunset hike up Nittany Mountain. Now I can't be there. I have to take Allan over to have a sleep study done. I'll have to leave the house by 7:15 PM, so there's no way I can be halfway up the mountain by then.

This caregiving takes priority, and it's awfully hard to plan anything for myself these days.

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Hi Laura, I was in touch with one of the organizers of The Dry Valley Half to see if we can walk it and he asked me if I know what you average pace is? Do you know? It is a rather small group and they are trying to figure out if walkers will start earlier.
Let me know what you think.

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October 27th sounds good enough, and I will look it up and see what sort of hike or walk it is. Right now I'm not in all that good a condition. I need to do some training again, but too much is going wrong right now.

My Sweetie is in bad shape. On top of everything else he has a broken wrist. He fell four times in four days and I'm getting afraid to be away from the house for too long. Tomorrow is Triple Doctor Day, and I can't guarantee anything as long as these things are going wrong. I didn't get to Curves yesterday, and I just hope I can get a workout in today.

I don't know how long and hard I could hike up mountains right now. But I think I'm good for as much as 10 miles over something with only gentle hills.

I want so much to get moving! But I have to do things at the last minute, depending on what is happening here at home.

But I haven't given up. Sooner or later things will change.

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I don't know how soon you would want to walk a half but there is a nice inexpensive one near Lewistown on Oct 27. Look it up at Juniata Valley Striders. It is Dry Valley Half Marathon. Nice scenery too!

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