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The Hidden Falls We Never Found {Food & Fitness Link-Up}


This weekend, I crossed another LOST Virtual Running Series Station off the list!

Rob and I went on another one of my favorite dates – a long walk. Only this time, it was more like a hike!

A friend recommended that we check out Hidden Falls Park along the Mississippi River, on the St. Paul side.

I actually forgot about wanting to complete the LOST Tempest Station 9k. I ended up starting my MapMyRun app after we turned around so that I’d know how much I’d have to add on when we reached our starting point before heading in the other direction. That means…





LOST Tempest Station 9k


We walked some of it along the river, where there was a level beach with some sand…

005I ran a portion of the paved trails…

016And on our way back, we hiked our way along the rocky shore, scaling anything that came in our path.

040Sometimes, we’d walk through the woods to get off the beaten path…

I loved the gnarly roots of some of the trees…

007It was such a beautiful fall day along the river.

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But we encountered a few things had me thinking that if we were LOST characters, they might make us curious:

Only we weren’t in the jungle.

We never did find the falls. But that’s okay. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the walk and the extra effort we put in to hike and explore. Our reward?

046We happened on this place and soon found out that it was a University of Michigan bar! And the football game was about to begin. Have I mentioned that that is Rob’s Alma Mater?! He was in heaven.

We ordered the Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos with double meat to split. They were in no way gourmet, but pretty good! Everything else that came out of the kitchen looked like your basic bar food without much character. The 40 beers on tap were varied; but there weren’t many that wooed us.

We couldn’t stay for the entire game, but it was a nice ending to a great walk. The fact that there are Michigan alumni watching games there may be the reason that we go back to the Rail Station Bar & Grille!

Click to find out how I completed the other LOST Stations!

Station 1 – the Arrow 4k and Station 2 – the Hydra 8k

Station 3 – the Swan 15k

Station 4 – the Flame 16k

Station 5 – the Pearl 23k

Station 6 – the Orchid 42k

Additional Stations:

Station 7 – the Staff 7k

Station 8 – the Looking Glass 8.15k

Click here to participate yourself!

Now it’s time for the Food & Fitness Plan for the week:


Last week included a few #kitchenfails and more eating out that I’d like to admit. However, the workouts were pretty good!

Now this week is going to be a little strange…


  • Dinners
    • Monday – Monday Night Football! I have a sort of green-and-gold dish that should suit the evening: Crockpot Carnitas = pork loin in a crock pot with salsa verde. I found it here and just happened to have the ingredients on hand! Where’s the gold, you ask? Well, we’ll be topping it with cheddar cheese, of course! Go, Pack, Go!
    • Tuesday – I’m getting my hair done, so I’ll probably just make a couple of these Egg Rolls when I get home. Oooo… Or maybe a black bean burger! It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those. I love this brand/flavor that I get at Costco. Sometimes I put it on an Everything Bagel Thin with a slice of tomato and dollop of guac.
    •  Wednesday – Leftovers
    • Thursday – Sunday – Rob’s parents are in town from Michigan! We’ll be dining out, but I’ve also got the ingredients for this chili and these meatballs on hand.
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • I made some Green Curry Chicken on Sunday for myself for the week! Add that to my snacks of a piece of Dove Dark Chocolate, some almonds and either an applesauce or Chobani and we’re good!


  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Tuesday – REST
  • Wednesday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Thursday – Elliptical in AM
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Go for a walk?
  • Sunday – Walk on Treadmill
  • 30-day Arm Challenge

Football fans, what is your favorite dish to bring to a football party?

Or, if you tailgate, what’s your favorite tailgating food/dish?


LOST 8.15K {Food & Fitness Link-Up}


One of my favorite college professors once told our class that you can never do something again. You can do something similar; but you can never do it again. I believe, at the time, he was speaking of travel. But it can apply to pretty much any experience in life.

When Rob told me that he wanted to walk around the St. Anthony Main area of NE Minneapolis again, I was looking for it to it. Our walks exploring the city are my favorite dates with my husband. And since Joe created four more stations to the Get LOST in Running Virtual Race Series, my plan was to do the Looking Glass Station 8.15k.

But first, let’s see how I did with last week’s Food & Fitness Planning:


Last Week’s Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Spicy Thai Basil Beef
      • I used Coconut Aminos in place of the fish sauce and onions in place of the bell peppers. It could have used a bit more spice. That’s a note to self for next time.
      • It was good, but not overly-the-top awesome. Maybe if I would have SEASONED IT ALREADY! 😉
      • Then I read Kat’s tip to always double the sauce, when she made a different Thai Beef with Basil Recipe. I may have to take that advice.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – most likely with green beans on the side.
      • We skipped this and ate leftover still hanging out from last week instead.
    •  Wednesday – Meatballs with Tomato Sauce –  Just like we made in class the week before! A Keeper!
    • Thursday – TBDTurkey and Black Bean Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa <-–An awesome, must-try! 
      • I made it when I had the girls over for dinner.
      • I’m going to make a Rob-friendly version this week!
    • Friday – Dinner night out with the girls – Restaurant Impression coming this week!
    • Saturday – Leftovers for Lunch, out for dinner – LOST 8.15k (see below!)
    • Sunday – Leftovers
  • Breakfasts
    • Egg Rolls – <– You must make these!
      • They aren’t what you think. It’s an egg rolled up in a tortilla.
      • I used some leftover enchilada sauce instead of the sriracha.
      • These are perfect when you have leftover tortillas to use up!
    • Magic Smoothies
    • PB on toast
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt

It was certainly a most successful cooking week!

Last Week’s Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 26 minutes
  • Tuesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 35 minutes
  • Wednesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 45 minutes
  • Thursday – Elliptical in am or REST
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Walk – LOST 8.15k walk
  • Sunday – PilatesRaked the yard – 1.5 hours 
  • 30-day Arm ChallengeOkay, I keep forgetting about this. I need to post it somewhere where I don’t forget after I’m done doing cardio. I’ve only done 3 days so far. I want to start over so I can do these always according to the plan.


After we had so much fun getting LOST in NE Minneapolis earlier this summer, Rob wanted to go again. It wasn’t the same, but it was absolutely wonderful to be walking around in the cool, fresh, fall air! We finished the LOST Looking Glass Station 8.15k, but without a care for time. As I brought running back into my fitness routine, my back started to hurt again. I decided to back off. I’ll be sticking to walking for a while.

103Instead, we took the opportunity to stop and smell the roses enjoy the views and take photos. It was a brisk, but gorgeous day. I was in an incredibly good mood! I skipped ahead, climbed up on benches and tree stumps and took photos of the beautiful fall colors.

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We crossed the Stone Arch Bridge and happened upon the Mill City Farmers Market just as they were closing up.

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We walked St. Anthony Main and then followed the lower trail just like we did the last time, climbing, hiking and avoiding obstacles. However, unlike last time, Rob didn’t find any Liberty Nickles…

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We really do enjoy living so close to Minneapolis… and feeling like you can still enjoy nature on such an Urban Walk.

077But there was something strange I found as we rounded a block to make our way to the Bulldog NE for lunch:

101Would you discard your broken heels in the middle of the sidewalk?

The Bulldog NE was packed for the U of Minnesota Gopher football game, but we managed to find a seat at the bar. We split a lunch of some sliders and truffle tots. And I tried a new-to-me beer – a DOUBLE Black Ale, made by a local brewing company, Indeed. We just had to look it up online at Beer Advocate to learn more about it!

It was another great walking date day with my husband. It was truly a similar event to last time, but it definitely wasn’t the same. But I still loved every moment of it.

Now for this week…


  • Dinners
    • Monday – Mexican Cabbage BowlIt’s what I made last week for the girls, just with beef to make it Rob-friendly. I’ll skip the avocado salsa, too.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – with either green beans or this Cabbage with Braised Onions dish on the side
    •  Wednesday –  Cinnamon Beef Stew from Well Fed
    • Thursday – Leftovers
    • Friday – Poker Night
    • Saturday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
    • Sunday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers or soup + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt


  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Tuesday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Wednesday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Thursday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Go for another Walk? (Weather permitting.)
  • Sunday – Walk on Treadmill
  • 30-day Arm Challenge – I really want to do this. I just keep forgetting. I need to put the schedule by the treadmill instead of on my bedroom mirror.

I never thought going on a walk with my husband would be my favorite sort of date, but I’m so glad that this year, I discovered that it is.

What is your idea of an ideal date?


Mediterranean Pork Chops {Food & Fitness Link-Up}


I made two blog-post worthy meals out of last week’s

Food & Fitness Linkup!

I’ll be showcasing one today.

Mediterranean Pork ChopsMy plan for Tuesday was to make some sort of pork chops with pesto green beans or zucchini and onions with herbes de Provence.

I decided on the zucchini and onions because I had three zucchini in the fridge that needed to be used and also found some fresh mozzarella which I no longer had tomatoes {gasp!} to make a Caprese salad.

So I improvised.

Yes. Me. Little Miss Follow-the-Recipe played the thing by ear. This always makes me nervous because I’m not sure what I’ll do if Rob doesn’t like what I make. We already go out to eat too much and I fear that if I don’t make something fabulous, he’ll want to eat out more. {I’m trying to push it in the other direction for both our health and pocketbook’s sake!}

In any case, I knew that Melissa d’Arabian’s Sweet Vegetable Saute side is always a hit with Rob, so I wasn’t too worried there. However, the last time I made pork chops with a Tuscan herb rub, I over-seasoned the meat, which made them nearly inedible. We had to scrape off much of the seasoning. It was also an herb rub I hadn’t used before, so I wasn’t very familiar with it.

Tip: When trying out new spices, use a little less than you think. You can always add more later.

This time, I decided to use my absolute favorite herb blend ever – the Rosemary Herb Seasoning Mix by Pampered Chef. Unfortunately, this blend has been discontinued. I don’t know what I’ll do when I’m out. It’s what I like to use when I make popcorn my favorite way. If anyone has the exact blend for this seasoning, please send it my way. I’ve tried to look it up online and there are so many different variations or guesses. But I don’t want any other Italian Seasoning mix, I want THAT blend!

In any case, for these Mediterranean Pork Chops, you can use any of your favorite Italian Seasoning Blends, Herbes de Provence or fresh herbs of your choice. You are just gong to have to play around to find the right mix for you.

Mediterranean Pork Chops with Sautéed Zucchini and Onions

  • olive oil (I used garlic infused olive oil.)
  • onion
  • zucchini
  • Italian, Tuscan or Herbes de Provence seasoning (to taste)
  • 4 pork chops (approximately 1 lb)
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella (sliced)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Start chopping and cooking the Sautéed Zucchini and Onions by following this recipe. If you don’t like onions, you can skip or use yellow squash or bell peppers. It doesn’t matter how much you use of each veggie, just season with Herbes de Provence, salt and pepper to taste. The dish can hang out and sauté on low for as long as you making the rest of this dish.
  • I like to pound the pork chops thin if they aren’t already. Then, brush one side of the pork chops with olive oil and rub with Italian seasoning mix to taste. Since my first over-seasoning debacle, I tend to under-season now because I know I can add more later. Don’t forget to add salt if your seasoning mix does not contain any.
  • Lightly spray a pan (I used a grill pan) with cooking spray or olive oil and heat to medium-high.
  • Once hot, put the chops in the pan, seasoned-side down.
  • Brush the remaining side with the olive oil and rub with more Italian seasoning.
  • Sear the chops for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer the chops to a baking sheet or pan.
  • Top with slices of fresh mozzarella.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through and mozzarella has melted.
  • Drizzle with a little good quality extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a little kosher or sea salt to finish.


So what’s up this week?

planningWe have a lot coming up this weekend, so I’m not planning my days out exactly. Instead, I know that we will be eating at home four of the days and will just cook one of the following on any given day.


  • Dinners:
  • Breakfasts – Peanut Butter Toast, Granola with Milk
  • Lunches – Leftovers and Snack Lunches (This week, Poorman’s Caprese, cantaloupe, a piece of dove dark chocolate, Chobani yogurt, and a Tbsp of cashews.)


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I stopped running because my back was starting to hurt again. I switched to walking. Last week, the plan was to increase my walking mileage by 10% of the previous week. So my goal last week was to walk just a total of 8 miles.

But I didn’t do it.

By the end of the week, I realized that I need a better plan. I need some more structure. A goal. Then I remembered that what I wanted to do is finish the LOST Virtual Races. Joe has added four more races to reflect the last Stations of the LOST Dharma Initiative. Originally, I wanted to do the Couch to 5k, get back to running those and then run the last 7k, 8.15k, 9k and 10k stations.

If I can’t run right now, it’s time to get back to fitness walking. So my plan is to finish these stations by walking them, but not at a leisurely pace. I need to push myself!

So on Sunday, I completed the LOST 7k – Staff Station!

LOST Station 7 – Staff 7K


What is your favorite way to eat pork chops?


42k – LOST Finale


I’ve completed the Get LOST in Running Virutal Race Series!

The number 42 is the last in the series of numbers on Hurley’s lottery ticket from the TV series LOST. The numbers reoccur often in the series…

LOST lotto

Thus, it is the last race of the series. Or is it?! Joe, who has been running the Get LOST in Running Virtual Races {as well as sending out some pretty awesome medals after completing each station!} may be extending it. After all, there are ten Dharama Initiative Stations on The Island, not just six. 😉

In any case, here are my results of the first 5 stations I completed in accordance with my Walking Program:

Station 1 – the Arrow 4k and Station 2 – the Hydra 8k

Station 3 – the Swan 15k

Station 4 – the Flame 16k

Station 5 – the Pearl 23k

With Station 5 and Station 6, I split up the distances across many days to complete them. This “final” segment took me a while to finish. When it came to Station 6: The  Orchid 42k, I originally challenged myself to complete it while on vacation. Unfortunately, I only walked two of the days, completing only 15.3km on vacation.

But I don’t regret it. I stayed active. We rode bikes, paddle-boated, went swimming, walked the dogs… It was a summer family vacation of activity! When I returned home, I reconfigured my plan to complete and finish all 42k by yesterday (Sunday). Why?

Because I’ve been cleared to slowly get back into running again!

Which means, my Couch to 5k program begins today!


Here’s how I completed the LOST Station 6 – Orchid 42k:

Sun 6/30: – 7.65k – 1:13:10

photoThis was my first attempt to do a rigorous walk while on vacation. With the 42k, I was not counting leisurely walks or walking of the dogs. This had to be fitness walking only! While my app indicates that I walked 11.05km, the actual distance around the lake and back is 7.65km, as I mapped out online. That’s the distance I’m going with. NO cheating here!

Mon 7/1: – 7.65k – 1:15:03

photoI took another walk around the lake and back. This time, RunKeeper was a bit more accurate showing I walked 8.28km. I’m still sticking with 7.65km. After that walk, I ceased to do any major walks on vacation. When I returned home, with the weather heating up, I opted to do a run or two on the treadmill.


Mon 7/8: – 1.17k + 6.11k = 7.28k – 1:12:35

These photos may be deceiving. While I was doing my walk, I meant to increase my speed but instead hit STOP at just 1.17 km. However, I started my timer on my iPhone at the very beginning and kept it running through both that walk and what I walked after that (in miles, shown above).


Mon 7/10: – 10k – 1:40:22 10k

I walked a 10k! Hey, if I can walk a 10k, I can surely sign up for and run one down the line, can’t I? I must say that overall, it went really well, I was a little sore, but not as bad as the one time in my life I ran 6 miles. My only problem this time was that I didn’t drink enough water before heading out. And I didn’t bring any with me. Getting really thirsty and dizzy around km 8 is not a good idea! I was nauseous for two hours after the walk.

Sat 7/13 – 5.03k – 50:00

Walk #5 TM
This was my last walk on the treadmill… But I was getting antsy to complete a 5k that day. So I did add a little bit of running in the mix here and there! The distance above is listed in miles.

Sun 7/14: –5k – ?

photo(1)Yesterday, I joined my friend Stacy and our Team Rainbow Bright to do the Color Run! I hadn’t intended on running the thing, but wanted to throw in a little bit of running here and there. Shawna encouraged us to run through the color! I completed my desire this year to do a Color Run. However, this event is not timed and I forgot to time it myself. So will you let me call it 50 minutes since it was a walk interrupted by a little bit of running?

Total Distance: 42.61km

Total Time: Approximately 7:01:10

Orchid Station 42k



Have you done a Color Run?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences to compare with mine!


LOST 23k- Pearl


I’ve already completed the first four stations of the Get LOST in Running Race Series, but instead of running, I’ve completed them according to my walking plan. Once I complete the entire series, I’m going to begin the Couch to 5k to slowly get back into running again as recommended by my doctor.

If you’d like to know more about how I accomplished the previous stations, click the following:

Station 1 – the Arrow 4k and Station 2 – the Hydra 8k

Station 3 – the Swan 15k

Station 4 – the Flame 16k

And now…

Station 5 – the Pearl 23k

Here are a few things I’ve liked about this series:

  • The distances of each race were determined by the numbers that reoccur in the TV series LOST.
  • The Stations are named after Dharma Intiative Stations in the TV series.
  • There are no specific dates for the virtual races.
  • In keeping with the LOST theme, races should be run on trails or the beach. However, if this is not possible, the roads or a treadmill work just as well.
  • The races can be run, walked or even crawled, if they must!
  • Medals are distributed to those who register and complete each station.
  • A special series medal is offered to all of those who complete the series.
  • As the distances get bigger, they can be split in any way you would like and then combined.

For the Pearl Station 23k, I elected to break the distance up and use the total distance as a goal I wanted to complete before going on vacation. We all know that vacation is a a wonderful release, but that week before can be hectic trying to plan and get ready!

Here is how it went…

Mon 6/17: – 5k – 50:20

photo 2Notes: This was my normal 5k route. The RunKeeper was pretty accurate, but I’ll just count this one as an even 5k.


Wed 6/19 – 2.7 k -43.50

23kWedNotes: This one was a leisurely walk with a friend and our dogs.Yes, there is a discrepancy here. My GPS of my RunKeeper was not accurate. I mapped it when I got home and came up with the 2.7km.


Thurs 6/20 am walk- 1.28k – 12:41

23kNotes: At this point, I told myself that I needed to get serious. If I was actually going to split up the distances to make 23k, I not only had to try to get every little bit in whenever possible, but I’d also have to really push myself walking these things. No more leisure walks!


Thurs 6/20 pm walk – 5k – 47:42

photo 1Notes: Yes, I walked twice this day! This was my normal measured 5k route. Remember post-surgery when it took me about an hour to walk a 5k? I’ve come a long way!


Sun 6/23 – 5.15k – 56:15

photo 3Notes: This was my attempt to walk some nice trails that I hadn’t before. Boy were they hilly!


Tues 6/25 – 5.90k – 52:40

photo 4Notes: My final walk completed the 23k within 10 days. Workout challenge pre-vacation completed!


Total Distance: 25.03km

Total Time: 2:23:28

Pearl Station 23k


Next up is the big finish – Station 6: the Orchid 43k!

How do you stay on track with workouts before vacation?


Getting LOST in Nordeast Minneapolis


Sunday was my attempt to complete Station #4 in the Get LOST in Running Virtual Race Series, something I’ve taken up to keep my walking program going until I can start running again. It’s been fun because it has made my husband and I find trails and routes in Minneapolis which we may never had otherwise!

Station 1 – Hydra 4k – This station started it all and got me moving from short walks around the block to following an actual walking schedule.

Station 2 – Arrow 8k – My husband and I made our way to the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes on a beautiful Sunday. We completed a walk around Lake Calhoun (5k) and then got LOST trying to add part of Lake of the Isles in the mix!

Station 3 – Swan 15k – We went back to the lakes and made our way around both Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake (which has since became our favorite), finding paths and trails in the wilderness that we never knew existed in Minneapolis proper. It was absolutely beautiful.

When I inquired what area we should cover for Station 4, my husband wondered why we weren’t just doing the lakes again since we liked them so much. I wanted to do something different. This race series has really pushed us to get, explore and be adventurous  rather than just sitting at home or hanging out in the ‘burbs. Besides, most of the lakes in the Chain are about two to three miles around. So they’ll be perfect when I get back to the Couch to 5k again anyway.

Station 4 – Flame 16k

This time, I chose a walk along the Mississippi River. I tried to map out a route beforehand, but my distance calculations weren’t really working out because I didn’t know how the trails curved around. And I wasn’t sure which bridges I would want to cross with my fear of heights. Instead, I drove us to the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis, parked and decided we would just walk wherever we wanted along the water, crossing bridges where it felt right. I wanted to enjoy every moment. I mean, just a month ago it was still snowing in Minnesota!

1-stone arch bridge

Stone Arch Bridge – Minneapolis

Parking near St. Anthony Main on Father’s Day read “Event Parking – $10.” We had no idea what event was going on. I thought it might be the Mill City Farmers’ Market. I had been there twice before and knew that Food Trucks parked out there. I thought that it might be a welcome stop since we failed to eat breakfast before our trek. {Whoops!} As we made our way to the Stone Arch Bridge {pedestrian only} to cross the river, we saw a bunch of vendors in white tents setting up everywhere along Main Street. We had no idea why, but later learned…

I was wrong about the Mill City Farmers’ Market. When we discovered that area vacant, I remembered that I had gone there last when a friend was in town, which meant that it was a Saturday morning because she would have left on Sunday. Whoops. #EpicFoodSearchFail

But we found the trails again along the Mississippi, where I feverishly began taking photos of a few Minneapolis Landmarks.

35W Bridge Memorial

35W Bridge Memorial – You can read more about it here.

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

Hennepin Ave Bridge with Grain Belt Beer Sign

Hennepin Ave Bridge – Notice the Grain Belt Beer sign?

Nicollet Island Bridge

Nicollet Island Bridge

I guess I handled walking across more bridges that I had expected. Once we crossed the Nicollet Island Bridge back to St. Anthony Main, more vendors had set up… And the street was lined with mint condition classic cars! Unbeknownst to us, it was the Stone Arch Bridge Art Festival.


We admired the art and vehicles while snaking our way through the crowds.


We had no specific plans or routes in mind. We came across this Segway Tour.


It is then that our walk became even more enjoyable. I found this narrow path through the trees leading closer to the water. We started down some steps and before I knew it, I realized that they were quite high and steep. But I kept going! Many who know me will be surprised that I made it down these…


It was there where I had the opportunity for a great shot of the Stone Arch Bridge.

1-stone arch bridge 2

And although it was a beautiful day, we suddenly had these beautiful, rugged paths all to ourselves! It was hard to believe that we were so close to a grand festival taking place not far above us!


We traversed cute bridges, watched geese, and enjoyed the nature.


I photographed some historic buildings above us.


As it grew hotter, we started to feel like we were getting bit by bugs. We made our way back up some more Carrie-friendly stairs further down the river and in no time, were back up amidst the festival where now hundreds of people now gatherered!

At this point, we began to get hungry and decided we’d check out the menus of all of the restaurants along Main to see which one spoke to us. {By doing this, we would also rack up some more distance because we weren’t quite done, yet!} We were getting close to 15k when I told Rob to walk past the edge of the festival down to the end of the block. Then we could turn around and walk back to make it to 16k on the way back.

At the end of the block Rob looked right and his eyes lit up. Why? He saw Nye’s Polanaise Room!

Call us silly or oblivious, but we had no idea St. Anthony Main was this close to all of our favorite restaurants in Nordeast Minneapolis! It was at that moment, it was decided. We didn’t care what we looked like or that we should probably change first, we were going to end our trek at the Bulldog NE {post to come!} with brunch and brews. And after passing the establishment and going around the block, that’s when we hit 16k.


We celebrated with a lot of water, a little beer and filled our bellies with a more than enjoyable lunch. It was perfect. And while on that secluded trail near the river, Rob had picked up a coin. After further research, we discovered that it is a 1905 Liberty Nickel! We wonder how long it had been there…


This walk seemed easier than the 15k the previous weekend. And my RunKeeper shows that we shaved off a whole half hour. I don’t think the GPS was quite accurate this time. Looking back at our splits, about 9km seemed realistic. And by adding up the rest of the time, we probably got 3 or 4 more additional kilometers in there. So chances are that we probably didn’t complete a full 16k that day. 😦

But you know what? I’m counting it! Here’s why:

  • We would have never done this if it weren’t for the Get LOST in Running race series.
  • The intent was there. If my GPS had told me to go further, we would have.
  • Between the other four 30-minute walks I did during the week, I’m sure I covered more than enough kilometers to complete the entire 16k.

Station 4 – Flame 16k?


Next up – Stations 5 & 6 a 23k and 42k respectively. “As the distances get bigger, they can be split in any way you would like and then combined.”

I already have a plan to complete them. I have a busy next couple of weeks coming up, so I’m planning to combine walks to make sure I keep moving and so that I don’t use being busy as an excuse not to do so! Normally, I’d try to get some workouts in, but would probably skip it most of the time and then hold off until returning from vacation.

So, I’m splitting each station up over a course of 10 days so that I can make sure to fit it in between company visiting and travel. I have a plan and I think it’ll work. And after I complete the series, it’ll be time to slowly get back into running again – with the Couch to 5k program. Thanks again, Joe, for the inspiration!

My GPS running apps have been inconsistent. I’ve tried both MapMyRun and RunKeeper.

Do you use a GPS-style app on your phone for your workouts?

If so, what do you use?

What do you find to be most accurate?


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:

LOST lotto

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?