Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Heartbreak Hill

I was driving home the long way yesterday after walking thru the park a couple of times.  I saw an upcoming (one off many many many!) hill and remembered how-- as a power walker and jogger I dubbed it Heartbreak Hill.

It doesn't look like much really.  Here are some pictures.  One is more or less at the bottom of that particular rise and the other is half way up.
If I were crazy, here is were I'd be starting at the bottom of this rise...

Half way up, and it's a son of a gun!

I used to walk 8 miles a day.  Fast as I could.  So I didn't slow down for the Heartbreak Hill but good thing I was a lot more fit then because that hill got my heart rate to an unenviable high count!  Good grief! It only took maybe 40 yards after the top of it to have normal heart rate going again though.

Looking at it you would swear I'm missing a few brain cells--- but remember...this was when I was in my 30's...extremely fit and it still got to me when I sped up it. The pitch of the hill was just right if you wanna call it that, to half kill ya.  Nowadays I'd have to set the iPhone to the emergency number and just press the call button and wait for the ambulance!  :-)

Nowadays as I start walking again I scout out where best to go but with some gentle rises. I'll get better and go farther.  Up to about 3-4 miles now.







17 comments:

  1. I'd be panting just walking slowly up. Ha. When I lived in Halifax, NS I got far more hill walking in, as parts of the area are quite steep...very steep. Especially the street that runs up by Citadel Hill. Extremely steep. LOL. Here, everything is mostly flat in our city, or with a gentle rise, and the small "hill" I sometimes walk up heading to the west end for errands leaves me panting. But then, I AM carrying 30 pounds too many and am out of shape now. :-P

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  2. Good for you Carole! You have to keep moving. I don't walk much and haven't used the treadmill in 2 years and I can see the weight that I lost 9 years ago slowly coming back.

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    1. Yup. Me too. It gets harder to lose the older you get not that *I* got old! *heheheh)

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  3. Dearest Carole,
    You are right about those hills. We live in Holly Hills and the name says it! When biking, you have to get off your bike... no way you can manage by staying on it. And walking can give you sore calves the next day. We too are trying to walk as much as we can. Today the iPhone showed we did 5,859 steps (including hills!) so that is a different story than just walking on a flat as a pancake surface. It was sunny and 77°F and Friday 85°F...
    Pieter's knee is hurting, will see his doctor on the 17th at OrthoGeorgia in Macon... Hope it is not too bad. We both love to walk and bike and the season just began for that.
    Oh, how right you are about being in our 30s; that's a different story!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  4. Hi Sis!
    The park of one off many at Heartbreak hill the bottom that particular most of half way up. and to the downing hill. You are walk 8 miles a day you are very extremely fit Sis great of idea! Sometime you had the iPhone to the emergency to talking of younger the ambulanced .. helf way up,and It's son of gun! also more You had it was so funny what about Beth Marie about storm is horrible watchin the news of the area and I'm still your lovely thinking and bad one too..
    Today I stays home I though was raining this morning but not anymore beautiful days Oh well that ok I don't like very much has workers with hard lots of damage some Younger lady? I can writing to you today Sis! You had keeping your take care of yourself!
    xxooxx
    Sis,Katie,Miyuki,and Victoria,
    Michiko

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    1. I will dear Sis and you as well. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. You are doing great! I was never a power walker, more of a "wimpy wambler" around the countryside. My friend and I were very serious about it though, working out, using map and compass, the most direct route from pub to pub!! ;)

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  6. "Oh, you're halfway there. Oh, livin' on a prayer!" I'm so proud of you. You're getting back in fighting trim and doing it the smart way.

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  7. I'm not an active person, but I used to walk a lot. It was not by choice, I had to walk to go places where I lived before. But now I drive car everywhere..not good! I admire you keep active, walking and working out!

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  8. We have these kind of hills in my neighborhood too.
    I know these are better for you than the really steep ones. We have steep ones too, and the neighbors know to see me going up them backwards.
    It is too hot out for me. ugh. not ready for summer heat.
    Enjoy this pretty weather, Carol!

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  9. You be careful and make you you keep that phone handy at all times...wherever you go. Hugs!

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  10. Those hills - not a rarity in our neck of the woods, either! - xo Nellie

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  11. I am lucky that I can still manage to go for a walk, some days I am oh so tired and my balance is all over the place and some days I walk so bloody slow, it is and effort to put one foot in front of another.

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  12. I am impressed that you used to jog and power walk so far and up that hill.

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  13. The last time I jogged was when I was 30. The last time I power walked was when I was 35 (with a 50# kitty litter bag in my backpack and going up and down hills.

    Today, I spend what energy I have working the garden and yard. I could walk a mile on level ground in about 13 minutes. That's good enough these days.

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  14. That's some hill! Good for you, keeping in shape, Carole!

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