Improving Fitness for the Hiking Season – Real Time

I’ve ventured into many different fitness journeys over the years. I once did “100 days of fitness” with Jax over at Cooking with Jax – we even did a three day juice cleanse … and now that I revisit that post (Juice, Potato Chips & Sour Cream) it would appear sitting on the couch eating potato chips and dip is a wee epiphany moment for me. The things you learn about yourself …


37 days of fitness to help get ready for the 2017 hiking season
My only bench press photo by Allison Rutley.


I’m currently sitting on the couch. I’ve been sitting on the couch for the last 3 hours. A laptop is in my … lap. The Netflix adorns the TV screen … yes, Netflix, I’m still watching that, thanks for asking. Do you suppose Netflix is programmed to call 911 if you don’t respond in a certain time-frame? That would actually be helpful. Like, if I choked on my potato chips or something.


My husband is at work and I just had potato chips, dip and pop for dinner. It was ginger ale though … that makes it healthy pop … right?


This is not preparing me for all the adventures I want to achieve this year.


Time to do something about it.


I signed up for a 5km run on April 8. Today is March 2. I have 37 days.


I’ve struggled with motivation this winter. I’m not sure why. I always have ebbs and flows. Life has been stressful, I could have used the exercise to stay on top of things, I didn’t.


So this post is going to be a live ticker-tape of the next 37 days. I will revisit this post as a (quasi … let’s be honest, I know myself) daily journal of any small thing I do each day that gets me closer to fit.


March 3 – The Fitness Journey Begins … Again

• 20 squats while waiting for my coffee to brew … heavy snowfall warning in effect … might have to hit the treadmill after work.

• Ran the stairs at the office when I went back and forth to the bathroom.

March 4

• Day 1 of Week 2 of the C25K app. Small weight workout to get started. There’s a foot of snow out there … not cool.


day two of 37 work outs in an effort to get ready for the upcoming hiking season

March 5

• 14 hours helping host an event … Jiggs Dinner for more than 100. Sean McCann in concert. Great day.

sean mccann performs at Hinton Legion
Sean McCann signs autographs

March 6

• Complete slacker … zero, zip, zilch, nada … also … fricken winter out there.


March 7

March 8


Treadmill Day with the couch to 5K app. I’m skipping through some of the days, trying to find the one that pushes just enough. Today was day 3 of week 2.

March 9

March 10

March 11

March 12 – Clocks Forward!

March 13

March 14

March 15

March 16

March 17 – St. Patty’s Day!

March 18

March 19

March 20 – First Day of Spring!

March 21

I managed to get out for a mini-hike today. My daughter-in-law and I hit the Overlander Trail in Jasper National Park. But the snow is still pretty thick in the covered spots. I was hoping the open slopes would be a bit dryer than they were.


March 22

See all those blank days up there …. One word … snow. I’m really tired of the snow.

March 23

March 24

March 25

March 26

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

March 31

April 1 – Who’s the fool now?

Me … I am … did we have any doubt? I have not trained enough.

April 2

April 3

April 4

My first time running 20 minutes in a row.

April 5

Morning walk.

April 6

Did a 30 minute run/walk cycle in the morning.

April 7

Walked in the morning before work.

April 8 – Race Day!

So … I ran in the race … I did a 5km in less than an hour. Not fast by any stretch, but I did it. My calves are insanely tight and there’s something going wrong when I try to run too long. But I’ve done two more 5km runs since … so I’m going in the right direction.

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