Come anytime between 9-11 on Thurs Aug 23 to the Burnsville YMCA on 13850 Portland Avenue South to experience all the benefits of Nordic Walking. Linda Lemke and friends will be there to show you how to super charge your walk by adding Nordic Walking poles. We’ll work with whatever time constraints you have…..be it 5 minutes or 30 minutes, let us show you how to Nordic Walk. Equipment provided. Members and non-members welcome. See you then!
Here’s the scoop. August 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m@ Hyland Park in Bloomington. Demo is Free and includes a 15 minute intro to Nordic walking followed by about a 45 minute walk. The Hyland GreenFit Club starts this Fall (with registration opening August 1). Poles available for use. We will meet at the Hyland Visitor Center at Hyland Lake. Call for more info: 763-694-7726
The GreenFit Club is a club that meets three times a week: one day we Nordic walk, another day is yoga, and the third day consists of some outdoor recreation activity (like canoeing or archery). Meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
September 6-November 29, 5:30-6:30 PM
For registration and a schedule of activities, visit www.ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 and reference activity #423117-00.
Come join us on Weds, May 2, @ Centennial Lakes in Edina for a great afternoon of learning about the benefits of Nordic Walking. Certified Instructors will be on hand to show you the basics and walk along side you as you try a pair of demo poles for free. Just bring along an ID. We’ll be there from 3:30 – 7:30. The beginner and experienced Nordic Walker are welcome to join us for a group walk around Centennial at 6:30pm. Fun for all. You’ll also find representatives from Hoigaard’s, Nordic Walking Queen, Nordic Walk This Way, YMCA-Edina, SilverSneakers, Do-Town, Normandale Community Education, 3 Rivers Green Fit, Edina Fit and more to answer any questions you may have. More info here.
What do runners do when running is not an option? It may be an injury, age, or simply use and abuse of those knee and hip joints that take running off your training schedule. When that happens many runners turn to walking to fill in the gap. It’s a great low impact workout but walking just doesn’t offer the same “runner’s high” that comes from the heart rate and energy level of running.
As a Nordic walking instructor I’ve had many “recovering runners” come to classes. They are always surprised by the workout level they are able to achieve with the poles. Engaging the upper body not only increases heart rate and calorie burn it also supports those lower joints allowing one to take the workout to a higher level in comfort. Nordic Walkers often report that the high energy levels along with the rhythm of the poles will move them into a kind of moving meditation zone, similar to a runner’s high. Check out what the American Running Association says about Nordic Walking here.
You don’t have to be in recovery to enjoy walking with poles. Nordic Walking is a great choice for your “rest” or non running day of your training schedule! You can even Nordic Walk at most 5k and 10K and even longer distances. See the event list.
You don’t have to take my word for it, come and try a class or demo. To view what the different Nordic Walking training techniques look like check out this 2 min video. Experience for yourself the other runner’s high.
A good alternative plan has been set in place by the Trail Loppet organizers for the entire Loppet weekend. All events have been moved to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The well attended Luminary (2/4) is now a hiking event. Poles welcome. Still time to register. Luminaries will be in place. See more details here on the Loppet site.
We are making plans, so keep checking back. In the works is the annual Nordic Walking Open House. This year it will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 9-12 @ Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina off of Hwy 100 & 70th St. Soon, Introductory Classes will be posted, so stay tuned. This Saturday, Jan 28th, you’ll find us Nordic Walking (due to lack of snow to snowshoe) at the 1st annual Romp to Stomp located at the Arboretum. Find some pink to wear and come join us.
Rumor has it that Old Man Winter is coming to town soon. Well, that’s no excuse to go hide, so get outdoors and embrace it. So if you can tolerate the colder temps you can bring your Nordic Walking poles along for walk. Who’s walking who? You’ll find that the poles come in handy for that occasional icy patch or other road blocks. If ice is a concern for you please seek out a pair of Yak Traks or similar product to slip over your shoes for added traction. Of course, the number one benefit is that you are getting a great cardio workout by adding your poles. At some point you’ll find enough snow to snowshoe on and you may want to use your Nordic Walking poles too. If you’ve yet to try Snowshoeing, many parks rent them and some retailers do too.
Other Indoor Nordic Walking or regular walking opportunities exist all over. Malls, schools, & fitness centers with tracks usually invite walkers and even Nordic Walkers on their premises. See here for some suggestions. If you’re curious if your local mall allows poles, just ask management. Most time you can find a phone number on their web pages.
Forty plus Nordic Walkers found a perfect day day to enjoy the Trail Loppet on 9/10/11 at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The top finisher Gina Lewis finished the 7.5 miles challenging course in 1:50. Others came in between 2 and 3 hours.
This is not your neighborhood “walk in the park’ type of course. We were on some interesting and narrow terrain. Kudos to all that attempted and finished the course. I say, if you can do the Loppet you can certainly do the 1/2 marathon Birkie Trek which is coincidentally coming up on 9/24 in Cable Wisconsin. Beginners are welcome on the 5k trail. The Fall colors will be spectacular along the old logging trail. Linda Lemke will be in attendance and lead the half marathoners at the starting point. Surely, she’ll report back to us jealous souls upon her return. Best of luck to all.
Sep 10, 2011 Trail Loppet Minneapolis Theodore Wirth Park, 7.5 miles
Sep 17, 2011 Race for Hope McCook Lake (Sioux City, IA), 5k or 15k
Sep 22, 2011 LifeTime Trail Series, Maple Grove, Elm Creek, 5.2 miles
Sep 24, 2011 Birkie Trek Hayward WI 5K or 21K
Oct 15, 2011 Big Woods Faribault, 5K or 10K for Nordic Walkers
On January 1, 2008, Anne Pryor of Minnesota weighed 182 pounds. At that moment she declared to the universe that she wanted to be healthy, sexy, powerful and alive. She set her goal to lose 30 pounds and with only Nordic Walking she took off 20 pounds in the first 6 months and a total of 40 in 9 months, exceeding her original goal. In her 2 minute video here, she explains how she Nordic Walked 2 – 4 miles everyday, enjoying local trails and nearby parks. Today, Anne is a very fit Nordic Walking Instructor and shares her love of Nordic Walking and its great benefits with everyone she meets. She truly is healthy, sexy, powerful and alive! Thank for sharing your story Anne.
Linda Lemke introduced Anne to Nordic Walking back in ’08 and Linda continues instructing to this day. In fact, she is now offering a Nordic Walking certification class on Aug 27 for those that would like to become instructors or community walking leaders. See more information here.