Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 7 – Huatiaq to Incahuain

Day 7 - Huatiaq to Incahuain Unzipping the tent, we were surprised to see clear, blue skies! We shook the frost off the rain fly and started climbing our first pass of the day. We hiked out of the morning shadows and into the sun. The heat warmed us quickly.   The 15,715ft pass approaching [...]

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Back to the Real World: Now What?

Thoughts and observations collected after walking 2,650 miles in the wilderness... My feet STILL hurt. It's been almost 5 weeks now since we finished the Pacific Crest Trail and my feet are still swelling and aching. Usually pain comes first thing in the morning, when I'm at rest, if I walk too much (go figure) [...]

Final Stats From Our 2,650 Mile Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Final Pacific Crest Trail Stats Total Days on Trail: 136 (May 4-September 16, 2017) Trail Names: "Blossom" & "Jake Rabbit" Total Mileage: 2,650 miles + 65 additional miles road walking around fire closures Average Daily Mileage: 19.9 miles (including zero days) Longest Distance Hiked: 36.5 miles Sections Skipped: NONE! Most Elevation Gained in a Day: [...]

I’m a Boston Marathon Finisher!! 💙💛

Every race, I pick a bible verse to meditate on. For the Boston Marathon this past Monday (4/17/17), I chose Colossians 3:17: "...whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all for the glory of God."  This verse reminds me to never take running for granted and to always give thanks; no matter [...]

Taper [tey-per]; the reduction of exercise before a competition or race.

Tapering is reducing the volume of weekly training mileage during the final two to four weeks leading up to a marathon - which to runners, feels like a lifetime.  What happens when you taper? Tapering allows glycogen stores to return to peak levels in both the muscles and the liver. Metabolic enzymes, antioxidants, and various hormones, [...]

Trail Motivation

I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail because... life should be a daring adventure. I love being in the woods and standing on the heights. "do it while you're young" keeps ringing in my ears. my husband and I made a promise to one another to accomplish this dream together before we settle down and start a [...]