Virtual Walk — Slow Slog To Louisville, KY

Despite injuries, I racked up enough cardio miles in May to virtually walk to Louisville, KY.

Despite injuries, I racked up enough cardio miles in May to virtually walk to Louisville, KY.

Due to injuries, my virtual walk to Denver slowed a bit. I walked and ran less than 3 miles for the month thanks to a very painful Achilles tendon. With the help of my spin class, May wasn’t a total disaster as I logged nearly 140 miles on a stationary bike.

I’m ahead of my 72-mile monthly average, but I’m still disappointed and frustrated. It seems like every month I re-injure something below my waist. So for June I decided I needed to add another cardio routine into the mix that takes some pressure off my legs. Now is the time to open up my wallet to finally buy that blasted swimsuit. Hopefully I can fit in 1-2 hours of swimming a week into my schedule. Read More


April Cardio Workouts – Cycled To Kentucky!

Despite a fairly rainy April, my outdoor workouts picked up considerably and my virtual walk to me to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky.

Despite a fairly rainy April, my outdoor workouts picked up considerably and my virtual walk to me to the Bluegrass State.

My cardio picked up considerably in April. Between my spin classes, walking and 5K training, I virtually traveled 221 miles and ended up just outside Morehead, Kentucky. That’s well ahead of my 72-mile monthly average since this little project started. Good weather (mostly) and a healed knee worked wonders.

April Workout Mileage Breakdown

Activity Miles Days
5K Training 8 8
Spin Class 163 16
Swimming 0 0
Walking 50 10
Weightlifting 0 10
Yoga 0 4
Total 221 48
Daniel Boone National Forest is home to Yahoo Falls, a 113 foot waterfall.

Daniel Boone National Forest is home to Yahoo Falls, a 113 foot waterfall.

Where Am I?
Using my trusty AAA Trip Tik map, I landed in the Daniel Boone National Forest, a beautiful place with rugged terrain west of the Appalachians. It’s a great place to explore with lots of sandstone cliffs, ravines, large lakes, and plenty of rivers and streams.

There’s a ton of fun things to do here – camping, rock climbing, boating, scuba diving, waterskiing, fishing and hunting, and horseback riding. With 150 miles of trails, it’s perfect for hikers and equestrians.

If you need a break from the woods, then head over to Morehead, home of Morehead State University and the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, something my hubby would love to go check out.

Want to learn more about Appalachian culture, then head over to the Kentucky Folk Art Center, a folk art museum that preserves and promotes the area’s traditional music, storytelling, literature and crafts.

For you history buffs, Morehead was the location of a deadly political feud — the Rowan County War — that took place between 1884-1887.  About 20 people died and an up to 100 injured during the feud. The state militia was called out 3 times to stop the violence. Things got so out of control the state seriously considered dissolving the county. The aftermath of the feud lead to the creation of Morehead State University.

Where Am I Headed?
I significantly increased my miles in April, despite the very wet weather. Hopefully May brings even more sunshine and I can push myself closer to 300 miles.  We’ll see if that’s enough to get me to Indiana.

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March Cardio Workouts – Walked To West Virginia

March was a tough month workout wise. Thanks to horrible weather and illness, I made it past Lewisburg, WV in my Virtual Walk to Denver.

March was a tough month workout wise. Thanks to horrible weather and illness, I made it past Lewisburg, WV in my Virtual Walk to Denver.

March is over and it’s time to total my cardio miles to see how far I’ve virtually traveled. I biked, ran and walked a total of 68.93 miles over 11 days. That’s a little below my 72 mile monthly average. But considering all the snow, ice, bitter cold temps and 10 days of strep throat, it’s not too shabby.

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Biking, Walking & A Little Crawling — I Made It To Lexington, VA

Thanks to my spin class, I was able to track my distance to the small town of Lexington, VA. With my knee feeling much better, hopefully I'll cover more ground than 145 miles.

Thanks to my spin class, I was able to track my distance to the small town of Lexington, VA. With my knee feeling better, hopefully I’ll cover more ground than 145 miles.

Thanks to my limited workouts, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to log enough miles to get out of the DC area in my virtual walk to Denver challenge. Turns out I have a lot more miles than I thought. During January and February, I’ve biked and walked (along with some crawling and hopping) 145.6 miles. Not too shabby for someone with a messed up knee.

I still have 2 days left in February and I’m planning to cycle on both days and do one more short walk. That should add another 20+ miles to my journey. Plus, I hope to get the all clear from my doctor next week to start longer walks and, dare I write, begin my 5K training. Well, one can hope.

Mileage Breakdown

Virtual Walk To Denver
Miles Days
Walking 5.6 4
Spin Class 140 12
Running 0 0
Swimming 0 0
TOTAL 145.6 16
Lower Crabtree Falls. Image courtesy of Virginia Trail Guide.

Lower Crabtree Falls. Image courtesy of Virginia Trail Guide.

So where am I?
First, a disclaimer: I didn’t start from downtown DC (no matter what the map says). I live about 25-30 miles outside of downtown DC.  I’m actually starting from my front door. Since I’m linking to the map, I’m not plugging my real address into the map.  Kapish?

So, I’m currently/virtually just outside a small college town the Smithsonian Magazine named one of the Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit – Lexington, VA.

Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. The downtown area has been beautifully restored and looks much like it did in 1800.  Located in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley in west-central Virginia, it’s surrounded by 78,000 acres of national and state parkland and local vineyards. A perfect place for any outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll find plenty of areas to fly fish, mountain-bike and ride horses.

Backpackers will love the excellent hiking trails in the nearby hills and mountains, like the awesome 3-mile hike up Crabtree Falls, a series of cascades tumbling 1,200 feet down the mountain (the highest waterfall in Virginia). In fact I think I’ll give the hike a shot this summer.

If being close to water is more your thing, the Maury River, which runs through Lexington, offers great opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting.

As you can imagine, it’s also a great place for you Civil War buffs (a.k.a, The Northern War of Aggression – hey this is Virginia folks!). It’s the home of Stonewall Jackson (whose house you can visit). Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and president of Washington College, is buried here along with his horse. During a tour of VMI, you’ll can learn about how, in 1864, cadets from VMI marched 80+ miles north to lead a victorious charge at the Battle of New Market. Of course, a month, later the Union bombarded Lexington and burned down VMI. The rest, they say, is history.

Where Am I Headed?
With any luck, I’ll be near Kentucky’s Daniel Boon National Forest by the end of March. My knee is the key. Fingers crossed.