Last year about this time I began sifting through the logs on trailjournals.com looking for a couple of hikers to follow as they made their way along the length of the Appalachian Trail. I found two, a solo man and solo woman around my age. However, as I posted last spring, those two didn’t fare so well in their thru-hiking quest. The next pair, a young husband and wife team, and a gentleman in my age group, finished with the requisite top-of-Katahdin photo, so I batted .500 overall.
In the interest of saving myself some scrolling time, if you’re reading this post, and you or someone you know is attempting this impressive feat, please let me know in the comments. I would be happy to follow your/their adventures!
In the meantime, I will continue to do the exact same thing I was doing a year ago on this date: Trying to narrow down my choices for a multi-day pack…
Happy New Year! Expecting great things this year, and wishing the same for anyone bored enough to stop by and read my humble blog…
This week marks the end of two streaks. First, the Runner’s World RunStreak, which I blogged about just before Thanksgiving, ended Monday and was a rousing success. I managed to run/hike all 40 days, and was grateful to be in Virginia to attempt it, as the weather in Maine has been record-settingly brutal.
The other streak, sadly/joyously, is this one. Today marks my 104th consecutive Thursday with a blog post. That’s two years of diligence to generate some sort of content for this space. But given the volume of other things I need to accomplish in ’18, I’m dropping back to posting only when I have something specific about which to write. Hikes. New gear. Interesting stories. That sort of thing.
Many blogs fail because the writer roars out of the gate, then fades away over time, leaving their once-cherished site essentially abandoned. This writer won’t be doing that. I’ve invested two years into this little online journal, and will continue to post at LEAST monthly, likely more.
So I’m giving up quantity for quality. And looking forward to getting out into the woods many, many times this year. And blogging about it, of course.
Boy, was it hard to type that number. That’s my expected total running and hiking mileage for the year, combined. 64 miles hiking, and 800 miles running (might end up with 801 or 2, but I’ll use the round number for now).
Back in the marathoning days, double that number in running miles was an average to below-average year. But wanting to cut back to save my body and simply stay in shape for hiking, I figured a minimum of 1000 miles per year running/hiking would be a good baseline.
I didn’t even hit that.
Of course, moving had something to do with it. And living the first three months of the year in Maine and struggling to want to get outside in the winter months (seasonal affective disorder is REAL, people!) didn’t help. But living in Virginia means that I’ll have NO excuse to NOT hit that easy-peasy 1000-mile minimum, given both the milder winters and my proximity to so many great hiking trails, including the AT, of course.
2018 is the year I’ll find my stride again.