So I tried walking the AT earlier this year, but had to quit due to injuring my Knee, no worries the worst is over, and my toe nails are growing back nicely. All but one is back so far.
I met and have followed many great people. Some have finished and some had to leave it for another time. But the one I hiker I walked with the most and have kept in contact the most with was Duddlebug. And this fall we have decided to hike the month of Nov. We had talked about possibly doing the Smokies, but we all know that’s out for right now. Virginia is our next option. I figure it will be great training for the AT next year. Or maybe the Florida trail this winter.
I’ve replaced a few things from my last trip to the AT. Mot much, but I did learn that 3 extra pounds and feel like 20 at the end of the day. And I have found MY pair of shoes. The Brooks Ghost. Light, water repellant and fit like heaven. I’ve never had good luck with athletic shoes, my whole life. They either rub my heals, or swish my toes since I have wide feet. No problem with these.
I’m really excited. I’ve only walked around my property or at the preserve, but it’s not the same.
McAfee Knob, Virginia
Most photographed place on the AT.
Picture from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:McAfee_Knob.jpg
Me and my hiking buddy DoodleBug were chatting last night, and he convinced me to do a 3 week hike in November. He really had to work hard at talking me into it, I’m sure 😉
We’re going to pick up were I left off and go through the smokies. I’ve been strenghting my knee the last couple months and trying to build a bit more leg muscles than I had. I’m pretty sure I’ll be faster than I was in “spring”. That’s in quotations because it snowed and was below freezing everynight I was out. I mean, snails were passing me then.
Super duper excited. I’m hoping since were starting earlier Nov the leaves will still be changing.
Can we say, pictures.
I have to say, I’m feeling stronger. What I now do in one of my sets, is almost what my whole day was on the first day.
Recovery time is not that long at all anymore. Don’t get me wrong, whilst doing it, you’re breathing hard, got a good glisten going, but afterward you get over it pretty fast. I won’t repeat what messages my friend Clarissa sends me after she finishes, as they are not appropriate for all ears. But I know deep down she feels the same way.
I already did my 105 for day 10 and feel great. I actually did 120, because I didn’t get to finish yesterday. I did 60, then left for the evening. Then I forgot once we got home. So today and tomorrow I’ll do a bit extra to make up for it.
My abs and arms are a bit sore from yoga yesterday. First time in years. But my legs are good.
Don’t forget knees should not pass over your toes. Not me in picture, fyi.
Okay, I have to say I feel great about this challenge. I might be only saying that because yesterday was an off day and i’m not nearly as sore. 🙂
So here’s a quick breakdown of the last few days with it.
Day one: easyish. You get a bit of a sweat, but nothing that major and you recover quickly.
Day two: Still a bit easy, but your recovery isn’t as good. You feel this one more later in the day when getting up and down. But it’s not a killer.
Day three: Okay, this is like the breaking point of soreness. You’re only doing 60 but combined with everything else you’re doing during the day. You’re sore THE WHOLE DAY! Don’t get me wrong, its kind of nice to be workout sore. Helps you feel like you’re doing something. But we all we’re moving slower (I have a group of 4 doing it with me, all with different levels of fitness ability)
Day four: REST DAY, oh glorious rest day. We went down south to visit Cams dad for the fourth, so it was a real rest day. No gym or anything. It was much needed. By the end of the day, my muscles were completely rested.
Day five: It’s like being back at day 2. We had to do 70 today. And maybe I was just feeling lazy or not rested. But it took me all day to get motivated and finish them. Not in a ton of pain or anything, but I feel them.
Thoughts: I’m pretty sure we’ll be walking funny most days the next month. But that’s okay, I don’t mind for the end result.
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So I know one or two people doing this, and thought it would be great training for Hiking again. I’ll start Monday, July 1st. Wish me luck. I started going back to the gym 2 weeks ago, but I’m still out of shape. Any form of muscle I got early in the year went away while taking it easy. But I can now go a couple miles at a slight incline without anything hurting to bad. score.