Posted by: aidshike | March 17, 2013

Getting Stronger – one mile at a time -day thirteen



A mighty wind blew night and day

It stole the oak tree’s leaves away

Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark

Until the oak was tired and stark.

But still the oak tree held its ground

While other trees fell all around.

The weary wind gave up and spoke,

“How can you still be standing, Oak?”

The oak tree said, “I know that you

Can break each branch of mine in two

Carry every leaf away,

Shake my limbs, and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,

Growing stronger since my birth.

You’ll never touch them, for you see,

They are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn’t sure

Of how much I could endure

But now I’ve found with thanks to you,

I’m stronger than I ever knew.”




Dear Shelly,

Every day since my diagnosis my roots have grown farther and farther down. These have helped me persevere and survive but now I am trying to get physically stronger… As I prepare for the potential of longer hikes, I have been trying to walk &/or hike every day. I do include the miles on the elliptical at the gym (actually these are much more strenuous than walking but I am only tracking miles)

When I started this blog the intention was to log these miles daily – among other reasons to keep myself accountable. I got off to a great start getting out every day even when it was really cold, but I have slacked off. I also have a goal of going to the gym at least 3 times a week to do circuit weights with the perfect goal of going every other day for 3 days of cardio – including swimming. But the first goal is the weights and I did get there MWF the first week and then have been inconsistent. This past week I worked out M & W and my intention is to get back 3x this coming week. So that’s lighting a fire under myself … being accountable. I will only believe it when I do it. Ironically I am planning a hike which includes walking…. I must start walking the walk, not just talking the talk!

Last week’s miles:

Sat 1.5

Sun 4.8 including a walk with Tera around Centennial Lake

Mon 1.9 including the .5 miles it takes to walk to and from my clinic on the expansive Hopkins campus

Wed 1.9


Total miles last week: 10.1


Today 3.9 miles    at Robert E. Lee Park – near sunset but not in the dark lost in                          prickly bushes like last time! Lol

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