Last week of practice hikes

IMG_0067.JPGMy gear decisions have been made and my pack is stuffed and ready to go. The only thing Left to do is finish assembling my food drops.

Starting about April 2014 I had been training with a day pack 5-6 days a week for a distance of no less than 3 miles with one hike being an 8 mile loop. I continued that training up until early December. Cold, snow and a busy work schedule brought my training to a halt. Bad idea. At 49 years old, it takes forever to get into decent shape and no time at all to fall backwards. So, this weekend with the frigid temps I forced myself back to the trail for a muscle wake up session. Glad I did. My “easy” 3 miler base route wasn’t so easy.

No worries though, I am a stubborn fool who thrives on physical exertion. No matter how difficult it sure will beat doing housework and the 100mph daily schedule I have been keeping.

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.