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Florida
192 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Miles ran/walked/biked/elipticized: 255.23
Miles left: 79.83
Days left: 53


Yes! Your energy plus mine, the possibilities are endless! lol


Looks like I will make my boat without any problems. I've now been instructed no running for three weeks, but I can bike, row, or get on the elliptical. I'm in PT now so they're working out the kinks in my back (yep, this evolved from a "hernia" to back pain lol), glutes, and hamstrings and then making me sweat and stretch and want to just go home. I don't see a lot of difference yet but I'm only two sessions in. Maybe they'll get me figured out!


At this point, I'm not the least bit upset I can't run. Though it's my favorite form of exercise, it's about 345345 degrees here in Florida, with 100% humidity. I don't understand how people can run in this. A couple of weeks ago I went for my Saturday morning run, which turned into a walk when my chest was heavy and my head was hurting, all from the heat and humidity. And that was at 6:00 am. I won't start truly gearing up for this half marathon until we return from the cruise in early October.
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242 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
I love heat, but maybe not 3454345 degrees of it. Where in Florida are you. Here in Northern Virginia we've had lots of 90+ days this summer, and I love it - but maybe I shouldn't.

Good for you to get all that exercise in with your PT. Good work on recovery - so by the time the temp there goes down to a reasonable 123123 you can be running again.

With biking and walking I've added another 92 miles; 193 to go in 24 days
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Florida
192 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Miles ran/walked/biked/elipticized: 302.85
Miles left: 32.21
Days left: 45

As much as I hate the bike (well, the bike we have at the house, the one at my campus gym is fine), I fly right through these miles on it! Though after this weekend, my foot hurts, but ONLY when resting (?!?!). If it's not one thing, it's another, right? I pulled out my Triggerpoint Footballer this morning and rolled it. It hurt so good This is nothing new, though. I also deal with plantar faciitis. I'm ready to go back to my 20's, when my only issue was my knee lol!

I'm in the Panhandle of Florida, in the Redneck Rivera I wouldn't live anywhere else, even as hot as it is. I love it here! My husband is about to start school for welding and he keeps telling me of all these "great" places we could move that have opportunities for him. One was Key West, and... as much as I'd love to say I live in Key West (or the Keys, period), I have a feeling the reality is not what he is picturing.

You're doing great, dcwalker, as always! That cruise is just around the corner, woo hoo!!
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11/27/2013 Disney Dream
10/27/2014 Carnival Elation
04/19/2015 Carnival Dream
04/09/2016 Carnival Fascination
Up Next: 09/30/2017 Carnival Glory

Freeport, Bahamas . Cozumel, Mexico (x4) . Roatan, Honduras . Belize City, Belize . Grand Cayman Island (x2) . Progreso, Yucatan (x2) . Nassau, Bahamas (x2)
Castaway Cay, Bahamas . Montego Bay, Jamaica . Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
SoCal
2,101 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
I'll join in.

I'm on the treadmill every day for a minimum of 3 miles and usually go closer to 4.5 miles. Actually, am trying to do the latter more often than not, but I'm not master of my own schedule on weekdays. So that's, what, probably 25-30 miles a week? Then for the last 3-4 months I've been hitting the local bike path with my mountain bike on my lunch break during work. I'm doing 9 miles each weekday for a total of 45 miles for the week. I also have an erg at home, but rarely seem to find the 10 minutes I'd like to set aside for a 2k, particularly on workdays. I need to be more consistent with that, but honestly don't enjoy it all that much.

The jogging/running, whatever you want to call it (it's really a slow run), pretty much helps me maintain. It's taken adding the weekday cycling to help me start losing, and it's coming off at the rate of about a 1/2lb a week.

That said, my goal isn't actually weight loss - it's losing my significant beer gut so I can fit into pants that haven't seen the light of day for a good few years. Right now I'm in 38" waist pants and for the most part they're still a bit snug. Goal would be feeling comfortable in my 36" pants and having a shot at some of my bigger cut 34" pants by next April. If all my 34" pants can come back into the rotation by then, so much the better.

Yes, I have 3 sets of different sized pants in my wardrobe to make sure I always have something that fits, but I have a feeling that I'm going to get down and be able to hold at 34" this time. I really do.
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242 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
I put in 117 miles the last few days; got some long bike rides in along with my walking. So down to 76 mi over the next 17 days. We were in your neck of the woods in March, tdn.... Two younger sons were on spring break and oldest was living in Pensacola then, so we vacationed in Destin. Speaking of oldest son, he is having some medical issues, just cropping up for the first time, so I was on the phone with Carnival just now, reviewing my options for cancelling. Ugh. They were VERY nice and informative.

Haha, Wally, thanks for the funny post. Yup. Three different sizes in the wardrobe. Been there done that. Good luck with your goals and I hope you enjoy your cruise.
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242 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Well, looks like our son is ok, so we didn't cancel and looks like we'll be cruising UNLESS one of those darned hurricanes interferes. Not complaining, though. Such worse things going on. Been plugging away at the miles - 49 more walk/bike miles down - looks like I'll make it. How's everyone else doing?
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242 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Got my nails done today for Saturday's cruise! But. No cruise. Carnival cancelled. I guess I didn't run fast enough.

tdnosnhoj11 - I hope you and your loved ones have safely evacuated.
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SoCal
2,101 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Had to roll into work at 5am yesterday morning so I didn't have time to hit the treadmill between waking up and needing to leave the house. But I got out of work at 2pm rather than 5pm, so I told my wife I'd go over to the pool with her and swim for a half-hour instead. Man, that swim kicked my butt! First two laps I thought my heart was going to burst through my chest.

Hadn't been in the pool for 14 months, but back last year when I was getting out of work regularly at 2pm, it would be the thing I'd do in the afternoon rather than the biking. And I actually did really well on the weight loss front when compared to how much/how fast I've been losing with the biking this year. It's a pity that my schedule won't allow for it. I even tried to find a pool close to work that I could use when I first decided I had to do something during the afternoon, but there wasn't anything close enough where I could drive there, swim for 30 minutes, shower and primp, then drive back in the hour allotted for lunchtime.
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1989 Admiral Cruises, SS Azure Seas - 3 day Mexico
1990 Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Southward - 3 day Mexico
1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Viking Serenade - 3 day Mexico
1999 Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic - 3 day Caribbean
2007 Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Century - 10 day Mediterranean
2009 Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam - 12 day Baltic
2013 Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star - 16 day Transatlantic
2016 Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Inspiration - 4 day Mexico
2018 Holland America Line, MS Volendam - 15 day Transpacific