Training for the Trail

“Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you.” – Jack LaLanne

Some people say they get into shape walking the trail. I’m betting those are part of the 75% that quit.

My training is this – walk, weights, stair master and stretching – taking Wednesdays and Sundays off. I got lazy over the Christmas break, but since the new year I have not missed. I gave myself 3 weeks before I add back my loaded backpack to the mix.

I am walking about 8 miles a day before I go to gym. At the gym I hit the stair master for 2000 steps.  Then do the exercises the trainer gave me. There is Nothing quite so enjoyable as me grasping for air and pausing, while  a cute, tiny millennial next to me  keeps going like the energizer bunny.

I know I won’t be in perfect shape come March, but I am hoping to stop any injuries that befall so many hikers on the trail. Shin splints, foot problems and ankle twist are the big ones.

The Appalachian Trail is well known for its many PUDs. Pointless Ups & Downs. If you are not ready for them the AT will send you home crying!


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