That’s quite a road trip @Colorado_mom ! You did really well. See anything interesting/exciting along the way?
Sounds like a wonderful trip, Colorado_mom!!
For me, the highlights of the trips were seeing friends (including a high school buddy and a friend met through College Confidential) and family (especially son and his fiancée, two weekends in a row! and my 95 year old Dad at his town and a family reunion where he is the last of his generation).
But we did have some tourist fun too. We stayed with friends in Maine 3 nights at their lakeside cottage and enjoyed their guided day trip tour of Acadia National Park, our first time there - photo below.
Our longest stay was 7 nights in Bourne (Cape Cod, near the canal) where we go most years to see husband’s family and Boston son. The bonus was 2 nights at end after CT family reunion visiting Newport RI to catch brother-in-law coincidentally on vacation there with his in-laws.
Beautiful @Colorado_mom, I wish I could be there. But 5300 miles is a long trip, I drove 1000 miles this past trip, really to breaking it in for my new car. My husband said I probably drive about 2,500 a year even with that long trip. I did go over to very high speed, but I didn’t feel it, the car feels like a limo.
After that long trip, I didn’t have time to exercise until today, I went for a 30 minutes swim, frankly, my shoulders were given me trouble last night, I didn’t sleep as well as I could, hopefully this would help.
I’ve been doing a lot of gardening, moved my huge Empress Wu Hosta, it’s a giant, but I need to prep this area for more tree peonies to come in the Fall. I dumped 2 compost bins and harvested as much compost to prep this bed.
That’s gorgeous. A bucket list trip for me.
Beautiful! Sounds like a great trip on all fronts (family, friends, scenery!)
Sounds like a great trip.
I don’t mind long drives. Our trip to Maine was just over 1600 miles over 6 days.
I can totally relate to your “and still married” comment
“Is it raining outside?” That’s what a police officer said when I went into the building (my workplace) to use the restroom. No. It’s just sweat. And sadly, I wasn’t even halfway through my run at that point. Blech. I was drenched. Gross.
But I did get in 11 miles this morning. I was going to do a nice flat run by the river, but we got 3.5” of rain yesterday in a short time, and I didn’t know what that might do. So my run was hillier. It wasn’t terrible except for the heat and humidity. Then I did abs and the cardio flow workout. Now I’m whooped and ready to be lazy.
I’m back to do the floor exercises that I skipped in the last few weeks, my left knee was wobbling, it’s painful to use it. After 30 minutes of exercises last night, it really felt better. It’s so painful to do squat last night. This reminds me to do some squat exercises on my next trip. I dont have to touch anything and this is what I was afraid off.
On the weight front, I’m down 2 lbs already, I think when you eat out they put lots of salt in the food, probably causes a lot of water retention and hence weight gain.
Edit to add, I did a 45 minutes swim today, it’s fantastic, something about the cold water in a hot day. I had the pool all by myself. Almost paradise.
I played 90 minutes of soccer in the heat and humidity today. It was definitely gross.
Biggest issue is that the the toes that I got blisters from the hike were super painful.
I walked for 4 miles with a friend before brunch. Probably net calorie gain.
I’ve been playing pickleball for 2 hours at least twice a week lately, and that’s great exercise. Usually at least 1 “long” 25-40ish miles bike ride a week, with some shorter rides, elliptical and other exercises mixed in.
I’ve been doing my shoulder exercises and some others most every day also. It really helps.
Trying to keep active, but the heat and humidity certainly aren’t motivators.
This summer has been a challenge for me, as far as keeping fit and active.
First I had covid, which completely knocked me on my butt for close to three weeks (sadly, breaking the streak of 10k steps per day I have maintained diligently since Feb 1.).
Then, as soon as I started to regain my energy, I’ve was plagued with plantar fasciitis for several weeks, which has proven a challenge, not only for my daily walks, but also for my twice weekly pickleball games . So, I switched it up to an hour or so bike ride twice a week and using the elliptical for 30 minutes three times a week (literally cannot bring myself to spend any longer on it as I find it incredibly boring).
Yesterday I was unloading my Costco cart and committed the cardinal sin of twisting and lifting and YOWEE! My right lat screamed at me. I can’t believe how much that hurt - it hurt to do anything, even breathe. I spent most of yesterday icing, resting and downing advil every 6 hours. Today the pain is much more localized, but I’m obviously not getting on a bike or an elliptical any time too soon.
It is very frustrating.
Oh gosh, I can understand your frustration and literal pain!!
Streak of bad luck! But because you’re a “streaker” you will get back on track and get that 10K steps streak going again.
Have you had plantar fasciitis before? I was having some symptoms of it some months ago (mild) and was able to get relieve by wearing Oofos around the house and especially after exercise. Upon waking up in the morning I’d do ankle circles and flex my feet/toes back and forth before my feet hit the ground - actually before they hit my Oofos! Really seemed to help. That and shoes/sandals with good support - no flat to the ground shoes.
yes, I have had bouts of it before. In my case, it is caused by super tight calves, so if I’m not diligent about stretching out well each day, it flares up. Once I’m in a flare, I can’t just stretch it away, have to rest it. I ignored my own best advice, and “powered through” for a week or so, even though I felt it starting to bother me, and have paid the price with being sidelined for a number of weeks now.
My SIL (the marathon runner) swears by Oofos as “recovery” shoes and convinced me to buy a pair when we vacationed together last April. While they are certainly more comfortable and supportive than any other flip flops I’ve ever tried…they don’t help with this. The only thing that really helps (shoewise) is to wear a full birkentock shoe (London) with a dr. scholl’s PF relief insole in it. I think the extra arch support in the birks is the key. Anyway, let’s just say my fashion choices this summer have been…interesting, as I’ve had those London’s on with shorts, rompers, dresses…LOL. The (one?) upside of aging, I guess, is that I no longer care how stylish my feet look.
You know you best and sounds like you’ve been around the block with this before - hope you’re back on the pavement healthy soon!
I played pickleball for 3 solid hours this morning. We had someone come and give us a lesson, and then played ourselves for 2 hours (or so).
So sorry you’re having such challenges. Hoping you find some creative ways to work through it. Gotta say, reading your post this morn did help put me over the fence about trying to go for a run despite concerns about a much more minor concern.
My minor concern this week post-vacation (with only one run during a 3+ week road trip) is an intermittent pain with left foot. I’m pretty sure it was caused by frequent wearing of flip flops, something normally I don’t do but recently purchased a really comfy pair of Clark Cloudsteppers. There is no pain with running shoe on, but I was still a bit leery. Still I wanted to run because I had my 60th birthday this weekend, and when I started running 5 years ago an formerly avid exerciser friend mentioned that age 60 was about the time she had to stop running. I realize this is not a birthday cliff sort of thing, but it still weighs on my mind.
With high hopes, I hopped on my bike and rode to the lake trail figuring I could just walk if any foot pain. The good news I is that being back at high altitude meant I was running realllllly slow (like 7 minutes longer for 5k), and the foot was fine. So far.
Happy Belated!!! Though I don’t run long distances, I do like to do “special event/mileage” runs. Sort of keeps things interesting. For 60 I ran 6 miles, 61 I ran 6.1, etc.
I’ll be hitting 10 years of running next month near by 63rd birthday. As an overall non-athletic person most of my life, this has been a huge accomplishment and wish to be able to say in my old age, “I ran for 10 years” - even if it’s not a day more!!
Happy birthday! Welcome to the “club”