Thursday, October 2, 2014

Updated Nightly Walk - Oct 2014



Song:  The Memory Of The Trees

Artist:  Enya


We had been putting one handfull of sand in our rucksacks
prior to each night we had walked.

I decided that we needed to more accurately quantify the amount...
so, momma got us a 1/3 measuring cup.

Each 1/3 of a cup of sand weighs approximately 1/4 of a pound.
In one year's time...we will have added 90 lbs to our rucksacks.

Right now...
we have approximately 18 - 19 lbs of sand in our rucksacks...
with 1/4 of a lb. being added on a nightly basis.

I cannot impress enough how much a weighted walk...
with slowly increased amounts of added weight...
will really condition a person...
especially when the weight gets to be at least half of the person's weight...
and there is a sizable hill to walk up  :)

Right now...
the walk is still fairly easy...
but we are forced to breathe deeply during the ascent portions of our walk...
and we end up having worked up a good sweat by the time 
we have reached the top of the hill.

Within a year's time...
we will certainly be huffing like freight trains as we go up the incline. 

By keeping the weight added in small enough increments...
the body may adapt fairly easily...
and over time...
our level of conditioning will be phenomenal...
expecially when we start carrying over 100 lbs in our rucksacks.


We were adding sand to our rucksacks last night before heading out.


We really don't notice the weight of the sand yet...
except when we start up the hill  :)

Last night, we added 3 lbs. of extra sand to make up for the days we had missed
during the nights when the California fires had made the air too unhealthful to exercise in.

Even now...
as we have ommitted the nightly walks during two of the nights per week 
due to Alex's heavy weight training on Thursdays and Sundays...
we still add sand for all nights missed...
unless it was due to illness or injury.


The air is getting chilly now...
so we switched to sweat shirts during our walks.

We really start to feel the chill in the breezes 
when we reach the apex of the hill at our half way point.

Besides the top of the hill being more windy...
by this time, we have a nice sweat on our bodies.


Alex and I really enjoy our walks together.
We feel so refreshed when we get back and shower.

After getting back last night...
and right after our showers...
Alex and I settled into my cave and watched a movie.

Alex really enjoyed it...
and I shall describe his experience in my next article.


Alex just completed a major test in his Linear Algebra class yesterday.

He is fully confident he had done very well...
but we will have to wait for the actual grade to become available sometime next week
before we are sure (although we are also confident he did well).


2 comments:

  1. I'm a bit surprised that you added weight for the days you missed as I had thought that the purpose of the small increments was to let your body adjust slowly each time. No doubt you are building up your conditioning.

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  2. Part of the reason is psychological. When the going starts getting tough, the mind wants to make excuses To not walk on a particular night. This way we already know that weight will be added regardless. However, also, as the increments are small, adding in missed days won't overload us. Only now are we starting to feel the weight as we walk. Our conditioning level is still greatly outpacing the additional weight. We may have to go to every other day when we reach 100 or so pounds. We will have to see in a year or so.

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