Ready for Hiking Season?
I’d love to write and be able to say I’ve hiked 100 miles, lost 25lbs and look 10 years younger. I can’t lie to you all though…
I have been walking about 20 miles a week, and feel a difference in my energy level and attitude. For me, that’s what is really important anyway. I try to get a few miles in every day, but between work schedules and the weather it just doesn’t happen. Weeks I get 5 days in, I am satisfied. The days I can’t walk outside, I do try to walk a few laps, a couple times a day, around my workplace. I’m finding I have more energy after walking at least a mile, then days I don’t get out. The fresh air helps clear out my sinuses, and my head in general. Its a great time to think, and work on different ideas without interruption. I have been taking my dog with me most days, and other than that am going solo. She doesn’t chatter too much, is always ready to go and she enjoys the exercise too.
I’ve been alternating between two pairs of shoes I’ll be reviewing. The first is the TOPO Athletics MT. Its a very lightweight shoe and is very comfortable for walking on smoother surfaces. I probably wouldn’t wear them when hiking on rougher, rocky surfaces. Of course, for review purposes I will most likely try it. You know, in the line of duty…
The other pair are HiTec Breathe hiking shoes. They are a bit heavier, but offer more of a barrier on the bottom, which will most likely better protect my foot from rocky surfaces. I am planning on making these my main hiking shoes, and the MT’s as my main walking shoes.
My other change since I’ve started walking, is that I am drinking a LOT more water. This is in part due to my desire to be healthier, but the CamelBak Relay water pitcher is definitely helping. As far as eating healthier, I’m trying. I am eating more fruits and vegetables, and less dairy. I don’t eat ‘junk’ or processed foods very often, so I can’t cut them out. I feel like I am ready to take a longer hike. I’m hoping the weather holds and I can make it out for a 6+ mile hike this weekend in the White Mountain National Forest. I’ll post again soon. Check out the Oterro and HiTec reviews.
Katahdin – One of my goals for this summer
I’m trying to get ready. Building up strength after a back injury and a very, very long winter! I have a list of things I need to do – exercise, start hiking (I’ve been walking for a few weeks building up distance), decide on a pair of good, supportive hiking shoes and a small pack, find foods that are high energy, healthy and not too high in calories- and most importantly, taste good!
I’ve started with how I got to where I am, and what my plan is. Please join me, and feel free to offer suggestions and/or ask questions. I’d love to have you join me in this – the more the merrier. What works for you? What do you struggle with? Read where I am so far HERE.