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"Hiked" 20kms this Weekend!

Monday, July 16, 2018

I added another 5kms to my weekend walk/hike this past Saturday and did a total of 20kms in a little over 4 hours. The trail I followed was basically flat and straight so I waffle on calling it a hike but I was carrying a 30lbs pack the whole way so it is sort of a hike, more effort than just walking. This is all training for my first overnight hike that I have planned for the August long weekend.

I'd be lying if I said it was easy, but I felt so exhilarated when I was done and made it back to my car. Like wow, I just covered 20kms! Not to mention, I filter my own water from natural sources as I hike (this means carrying less water at times and saves weight) which is pretty cool too, I find it fun at least :) But it adds another dynamic to things.

I always underestimate the amount of time I spend stopping for breaks (I never used to stop for anything shorter than 5kms) and the time it takes to collect and filter water, but I'm getting the hang of things. I am now confident that I WILL be able to achieve the goal I set myself though.

The first day of my Big Hike involves 24kms from first foot on the trail to reaching my campsite. The next day I hope to cover another 20kms from campsite to final destination. I'm probably going to struggle, both days. I'll probably question why I choose to do this. But I will be SO PROUD of myself for doing it and I cannot say how excited I am to do it. I have another 2 weekends left for training, and continue to walk daily over my lunch hour when weather permits. I've probably bitten off more than I can chew so quickly but I'm doing this gosh darn it! I didn't even feel too bad yesterday, not compared to the last hike where I was hobbling around the next day. I got this!!
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