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Commitment To Walk 500,000+ Steps/Month Means You Have To BRAVE Storms — Even TORRENTIAL Rain.

by Anura Guruge



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WOW. It bucketed down today — till mid-afternoon. Torrential rain & gusty winds. WHAT TO DO?

I could have tried waiting until it stopped — BUT then it might be getting dark, & I PREFER to limit my ‘night walks‘ to 2-miles or below. Plus, I wasn’t sure whether the dog wanted to go out. He did NOT. He was NOT having anything to do with this weather.

I, as I had done a month ago, wore TWO layers of outerwear. It kind of works. Outer latey gets soaked.

Snow is ALWAY much better than rain! Trust me. I know. Rain is wet. Snow not as much. When the ground is FROZEN (as it was today) they are BOTH slippery. That was an issue.

I wear the yellow glasses to keep the rain from my eyes. Pretty simple. Logical.

Well, I did 10,589 steps in this rain. SMILE. Felt good. I was SOAKED. But, I think I will live.


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‘Tubing’ On A Frozen Lake, New Hampshire Style.

by Anura Guruge



This morning; on our lake — ‘Halfmoon Lake‘, in Alton, NH.

NO. Not I. Don’t know them. School kids. Joys of remote schooling during COVID.

Cracked me up.

DANGEROUS, but clever.

I would have PREFERRED if the rider had NOT kept his leg out, as he rode — hopefully to ‘break the fall’. My fear was that if the bike did slip, sideways, and he fell, he would break his leg.

They were having fun. They covered a fair amount of lake & I did NOT see them fall. That was good.

This is CLASSIC New Hampshire.


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First Walk On Lake This Winter — & It Was Pretty Cool.

by Anura Guruge



Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).

I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.

But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.


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A Visual Oxymoron.

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That is ICE.

Why we have a dirt road in rural New Hampshire called ‘Africa Road’ has ever confounded I. Yes, it is a pretty rough & rugged road/trail … But, ‘Africa’?

Having icicles hanging off it, is CUTE.


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Today’s Ice & Snow.

by Anura Guruge



It was a Goldilocks storm! Just the right level of both ice & snow. Not enough to cause any damage & necessitate much shovelling, but plenty enough to create an enchanting landscape. It was pretty. Then a couple of hours later it warmed up & was all gone!


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I Walked 2,800 Miles (4,480 Km) In 2020, 1,000 Miles More Than I Did In 2019.

by Anura Guruge


Busting my knee on February 28, 2019, when I slipped on ice, & the amazingly successful surgery a week later, proved to be an EYE OPENER, a turning-point in my life. I had been walking/running prior to that, BUT my busted knee (& pre-diabetic blood glucose levels) told me that I had to UP my game.

I did.

It has now become second nature. I just put in the steps.

So, it can be done.

IF I can do it, then anyone can.


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Exercise May Slow The Spread Of Grey Hair — Per BBC Report Christmas Day.

by Anura Guruge


Heard it last night, on the 11pm BBC World News, during my postprandial walk.

45-minutes of exercise, 3-times a week has shown to SLOW down the spread of grey hair.

THIS STRUCK A CHORD!

Why. Within the last month my 14-year old had commented that THE AMOUNT of grey hair I have has not changed much in 5-years. That it has been the same as long as she can remember. I told her that it must be my genes.

But, appears NOT to be the case. They now reckon that genetics only play a 30% role in grey hair.

Well, I exercise, WITHOUT FAIL, 150-minutes a DAY, 7 days a week. That is over 7x (7 times) the recommended level.

Could that be it?


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How Many Miles Did YOU Walk On Christmas Day To Justify Your Indulgence?

by Anura Guruge


I walked just under 6-miles as you can see from my Garmin read-out above.

It was raining. Not hard. But, persistent. I wore TWO rain jackets, one of top of the other to keep me dry. It worked.

It was WARM. Warmest Christmas I can remember — in 35-years in New Hampshire. In the 50s F. Definitely ‘F’. SMILE. 50s. Snow was melting like crazy.

I only managed to walk 12,000 steps on Christmas Eve since I had to go pick up a car, in Vermont, with my daughter. So, I needed to compensate.

Plus, I knew I would be cooking a 8lbs ham — & that I would eat a 1/4 of that myself. SMILE.

So, it worked out. I think I expended just about enough calories for all that I consumed later in the evening.


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