I haven’t been on here in a long time. Ever since I went on the Mt Hood hike (which I still need to write a post for), I have been feeling like I have reached my goal and don’t need to do any more. Not true. I have reached one goal. I need to keep hiking regularly or I will never be ready to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I finally made myself start hiking at least once a week increasing the distance each time. I am up to hiking four miles at Hazen which is not an easy hike; there are good elevation changes on that hill and several trails and roads to choose from. I hurt after these hikes, but I feel like I am alive and have accomplished something. I need to buy new shoes considering that I am still wearing the ones I pounded out on Mt Hood. But I am trying to get back on track and give up the laziness that has overcome me.
I went to the doctor not long after my big backpacking trip and learned that all my numbers were down. My doctor said that I have to keep hiking. So that is what I think about when I start feeling guilty about hiking or laying around. It helps to dispel the guilt that I should be doing something else, and it helps to get me moving when I don’t really want to. So I am back. I can do this.
I am now in training for the Tahoe Rim Trail this summer. People say it is a 9-11 day trip. If I go by the time it took me to backpack 50 miles last summer, it will be a 15 day trip. So I need to get healthy again. I need to get back in shape and hike longer in a day. Check back to see my progress.