Controversial Opinion: I actually think Pennsylvania is blazed better for SOBOs than NOBOs. I keep looking behind me to double check for blazes.
I woke up early, mostly because I was freezing. I ate until I was warm enough to get going, and then I started hiking. 10 minutes down the trail and I look up at what I THOUGHT was a huge possum only to realize it was, in fact, A PORCUPINE!! It bristled its quills at me and I backed up quickly. Then, the thing had the audacity to actually chase me down the trail. I mean, it chased me kind of slowly, but still.
I startled two deer- they were right on the trail! They ran off and then stopped to stare at me. Can you see them?
I can’t tell if I’m alone or not. There are some boots but it’s awfully quiet.
So, not a new record like I was going for, but a much faster time than the last time I did 30+.
Sometimes people ask me how I do such big miles. Um, well, the answer goes like this (for me):
1. Start early
2. Try to get 10 miles by 10am. It’s sort of a mental thing
3. I like to take lots of little breaks. I change my socks often and rub my feet when I do that. It helps.
4. Eat constantly. Drink as much as you can. 5 hour energy helps too.
5. Podcasts and phone calls keep your mind off your feet. My feet always hurt more than my legs. In fact, my feet will hurt so much that I’m basically nauseated most of the afternoon. You just ignore it.
6. Have icy hot for when you go to bed. Your feet and legs will be throbbing. Also take a Benadryl to help you stay asleep.
7. Bask in the glory of having accomplished something so amazing. People run marathons all the time. They don’t do it while climbing mountains with 20+ lbs of gear on their backs. And then sleep outside 🙂
I’m kidding. A little. Do big miles, don’t do big miles. I think it’s kind of fun. It does hurt a lot though. And you DO have to eat constantly and that gets old.
Anyways. There you go.
MVP: croissants again. Now they’re all gone