Little by Little: Hiking Miles Update
I made a goal this year to hike 201.6 miles. I've been keeping a very official spreadsheet of mileage (if you count random post it notes as a spreadsheet). But I've been keeping track. So where are we in the grand scheme?
As of Feb 13 I had 190.6 miles left. From Feb through now I've hiked a total of 69 miles.
Which leaves me with 121.6 miles left.
With 31 weeks left in the year I need to average 4 miles a week. I'm actually right on track if I keep my turtle pace of little by little.
In May I hiked a total of 40.5 miles. So, that's something as well. That was beyond my average and if I can continue in that fashion I should exceed my goals. But I'm not pushing it. This is about enjoyment... (this is what I try to remind myself)
Guys, I really want to reach this goal. I really want to cross this off my hiking list to add some other big goals in for the next few years.
Some memorable hikes in the last few weeks:
Virgin Falls 7.5 - I didn't complete the hike all the way to the falls. But I got pretty freakin close. It's the hardest hike I've ever been on. And my older sister being there and encouraging me on the way. Ideal.
Beaman Park 7 miles - I've done the jaunt twice now. Spending the day hiking with my dad was pretty special. And I appreciate the way he learns trails and how they ebb and flow. There is a magic to hiking with him.
Fontanel in Nashville 2 miles - this is a local venue, cafe, winery tasting, etc place that has a pretty cool trail around it. I hiked this in sandals the first time. I don't advertise that at all. BUT I also hiked with family including my nieces. We ended the hiking eating pizza on a cool patio and it was the perfect way to end a busy week.
Alabama State Park 3 miles - My sisters and nieces and I went on this jaunt at the tail end of our vacation. It was great to see a different part of the beach. I also hiked the last little part with my youngest niece and that girl sees the world so differently, it was precious time.
What I'm learning in this endeavor. I feel strong. I'm proud of myself and my crew when we drop our packs after a grueling, or new, or long, or .... anything walk.
This upcoming Saturday June 4th, is National Trail day. I'm going to plan to spend a few hours on a trail somewhere with my trusty pup. Hopefully we will see some pretty cool things.
Last, if you are in the Middle Tennessee area and want to start hiking. Hit me up, I know many of the good starter trails and would love to go for a hike with you.