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LOST 15k – The Swan Station


Rob and I walked a 15k last weekend! That’s right, 9.32 miles. Neither of us think that we’ve ever walked that far consecutively in our entire lives. I may have while traveling, but I still think that mileage would have been broken up throughout the day.

Last week, I told you about the Walking Program I started to help strengthen my back post-surgery before I’m cleared to run again. Then I told you how I elevated that program by beginning the Get LOST in Running Race Series. {Only, I’m walking it, of course.}

The series includes six races based on Hurley’s winning lottery numbers that come up often during the TV series LOST:

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I already completed Station 1 – the Arrow 4k and Station 2 – the Hydra 8k as mentioned here. Knowing that Station 3 – the Swan 15k would be challenging, Rob said he’d join me as we discovered more of the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis.

We had just walked the Dog Day 5k the previous day, so we decided that we were going to take it easy and not concentrate on time. This was going to be about distance. We parked near Lake Calhoun but made our way immediately over to the Lake of the Isles. The previous week, when we completed our 8k around Calhoun and a portion of the Isles, the weather was beautiful and people were everywhere. We counted somewhere around 100 pooches on our one hour and eleven minute walk!

However, this Sunday was completely different. It was cloudy and slightly chilly. We both wore hats and I wore a thin, lightweight, breathable jacket. We started off slowly, making sure we didn’t push ourselves.

We walked leisurely…


We sipped our coffees…


and occasionally  stopped to smell the roses…


And we learned that these poor geese don’t even get their own crossing! 😉


The walk around the Lake of the Isles was much more peaceful than our walk around Lake Calhoun the previous week. Maybe it’s the fact that fewer people were out because it began to rain or maybe it was that we were in a more residential area. While there is something to be said about the bustling activity around Lake Calhoun, we decided we liked Lake of the Isles better.

I kept my Google Maps App available so I could find the path to follow to the the next lake in the Chain of Lakes – Cedar Lake. We didn’t want to get LOST like we did last time! And the map proved to be useful several times. We’d choose a path and find several steps later that we could have strayed miles off course!

After a while, it was no longer sprinkling, but really raining. However, we both felt great and something kicked in! {Maybe the coffee?!} We both picked up the pace. It was then that we discovered the wilderness and untouched beauty of Cedar Lake. Who knew this could exist right inside the metropolis of Minneapolis? We had the trails mostly to ourselves and it was refreshing!

Sometimes the dirt trails forked, but we tried to stay as close to the lake as possible, knowing that the goal was to go around the lakes. At one point, we heard a loud strange noise when the trails narrowed.


“It’s the Smoke Monster!” I yelled, laughing. Rob laughed, too… and when the loud noise ceased, we decided the monster had retreated and it was safe to venture on. 😉

Cedar Lake became our new favorite.

When we completed the tour of the lakes and returned to Lake Calhoun, we had one last kilometer to go, so we walked a half of a kilometer past our car, picking up the pace as fast as we could and then walked back. After the use of my RunKeeper, Camera and Google Maps Apps, we were lucky my phone still had some battery left to capture our results!

I couldn’t believe how good I felt and we weren’t really as tired as we had expected. At this point I was completely drenched from the rain. And guess how many dogs we counted this time? Eleven. Yes, that’s right. I guess most people don’t like to get out nor take their pooches for walks in such weather. 😉

Station 3 – Swan 15k?


Next up – Station 4 – Flame 16k. We should have that one in the bag. Let’s do this!

What’s the furthest you’ve ever walked and when?



Getting LOST (And so can you.)


So yesterday I promised you a Wine Wednesday post… But it didn’t happen. First, I realized that I LOST my notes on the wines Jared and I tasted at our most recent wine dinner. 😦 {He has since promised to be my secretary from now on.} Then, after an extra long day {read: busy/hectic} at work, I spent the evening drinking the stuff with my friend Stacy who made last minute plans to come up and visit for the evening! Therefore, life trumps blog posting. I sure you all can understand. 😉

On Tuesday, I posted about a Walking Program I have put into place until I am cleared to run again after my back surgery. I needed something to keep me on a schedule and help show progress. And while this program provides the schedule of increasing the amount of time each week, it doesn’t really do anything to hold me accountable for how fast or how far I go.

That’s when I got LOST.

Thanks to Megan from I Run for Wine {Gotta love that!}, I learned about the Get LOST in Running virtual race series. It’s based on the TV series LOST! No Kidding! Do you know what a LOSTie I am?! I’ve been wanting to re-watch the series for ages!


I was intrigued by the race series because:

1) Each race is based and focused around a Dharma Initiative “Station” on the LOST island.

2) When you sign up for and complete each race, you receive a race medal with that station’s emblem!

3) Each race distance is based on Hurley’s winning lottery numbers that reoccur often in the series: 4 – 8 – 15 – 16 – 32 – 42.

4) Therefore the first race is 4k, the second is 8k, the third is 15k and so on…

5) As the distances get bigger, you can spread your “mileage” throughout the week.

6) There is no specific date to do the runs. You can sign up until spots are sold out!

7) They are meant to be beach and trail runs {I mean, they were on an island, duh!}, but you can do whatever you want.

8) There is a final medal for completing the entire series!

Despite the fact that I cannot currently run, I signed up anyway. I thought it would be a great way to increase my distances and track my progress. My current plan is to do one station per week. However, I am going to be flexible about that and listen to my body.

I even downloaded the soundtrack to Season 1 of LOST and listened to it on a few of my walks. It’s amazing how such music can just clear your head!

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Station 1 – Hydra 4k

At the end of the second week of my walking schedule, when I was just starting to do more than a walk around the block, I decided to do my first LOST Virtual Race – Station 1 – Hydra 4k. My mom was in town, so we completed it together, just walking around my neighborhood.

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I posted this to the Get LOST in Running! Facebook group and despite my slooooowww tpace for a running group, I got great support. I indicated that I would really love to run these, but I’m going to be walking to increase my back strength and show progress before I am cleared to run again. Joe, the series organizer, was highly encouraging. In fact, I’ve recently seen that he’s updated the informational part of the Get LOST in Running website:

As the distances get bigger, they can be split in any way you would like and then combined.  Please feel free to run, walk or even crawl if need be.​​

Love that! Thank you, Joe, for getting me out and moving and motivating me in a fun way. Thank you, Megan, for introducing me!

Station 2 – Arrow 8k

Last week, my walking schedule had me doing 25-minute walks with a long walk at the end of the week. I decided to make the long walk my Station 2 – Arrow 8k Virtual Race. I mapped out an 8k that included Lake Calhoun and a bit of Lake of the Isles – two lakeswhich comprise the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. {Hey, it’s the closest thing I’m going to get to a beach in Minneapolis!} I decided to go on a Sunday afternoon. Rob asked if he could join me! So, off we went.

Here’s the thing…

We actually got LOST!

I thought I had mapped out a good starting point. But with construction and crowds we ended up parking elsewhere. Then I couldn’t figure out where the trail that connected Lake Calhoun connected with Lake of the Isles. And Rob was fast. He kept me moving. As we neared the end, I decided we’d just do the 5k around the lake and I’d do the 8k another time.

But after a while, the crowds thinned, the lake seemed calmer… and we could no longer see across it. Something felt wrong. I checked my Google map on my phone. Somehow we got on the path and ended up on Lake of the Isles! We tried to follow the map to find a way back to Lake Calhoun and our original parking lot. We slowed down a bit. I was tired! This is the furthest I’ve walked in a long time. But we actually finished a full 8k just about a half mile shy of where we parked!


This week, I’m up to 30-minute walks during the week. We are also doing the Dog Day 5k again on Saturday! Of course, I won’t be running it this year, but we have another dog to walk anyway… 😉

The plan, right now, is to do the Station 3 – Swan 15k this Sunday, weather permitting. Rob said he wants to join me again. We mapped out doing three of the lakes in The Chain. It’ll be a long one… But now that I think about it, I’ve always wanted to measure how far I walk when I travel. I bet a 15k would be just about right for a day of sight-seeing.

The stations are still open, if you want to join me in the LOST Virtual Races!

Are you/were you a LOST fan?

If so, tell me about your favorite character, episode or something you liked about it!