Yep- I'd rather sweat now than bleed later.
If nothing else, a bit of training and being a bit more fit will give you a bit more confidence when you hit the trail.
Drab as a Fool, as aloof as a Bard!
Most people don't realize that we do not get stronger, faster, or more fit from training. We achieve those goals by RECOVERING from training. If we do something to sabotage that recovery, all our efforts are for naught. Most fail at a physical goal and attribute it to lack of proper genetics (I just could never do that) when the culprit is overwhelmingly crappy programing and poor diet and rest.
Is Milford completely flat? No steps or public buildings with steps?
Actually, we do have a severe deficit of buildings with steps- we're a small town with small buildings (though maybe the church...). Milford is pretty flat itself, but there are hills leading into it, so I may opt to spend time at the gym and just hike on the roads when I can (because that way I wouldn't have to make a huge deal out of it and drive far away and all).
Just go walk with your pack on. In 1990 Mule trained on a stair climber with his pack until he could do 5 hours nonstop. He became very depressed initially in his hike because everyone else was still out climbing him on the trail.
Want to get in shape for hiking?...go hiking.
Thanks all for your advice- I think I'll alternate. (Gym days with just walking everywhere with my pack; and I'll try to actually get onto some real trails as often as I can)
Exercising is fine (for mental aspects if anything) but there is no duplicating to the muscle torture on your body hiking long distance in monstrous elevations day in and day out (and usually with not that great nutrition either nor the adequate rest to recover minute tears in muscles that happens every day). I ran, walked, hiked, and everything beforehand but I was still in sorry shape for an actual "thru" hike. You cannot duplicate it by exercising or walking a pack around the block (I've been there). You still have to get in shape while you are out there. I've been there (and yeah I was still overweight by 20 lbs and made it. My son was very overweight, a couch potatoe - he didn't do ANY exercise at all - and he made it). I think people vastly understimate the mental aspects of this journey. You can be slim and trim and marathon runner with the right pack and not make it.
I'm not trying to kid myself blissful- I know I can't duplicate hiking for weeks in the mountains, but I'm doing what I can. I figure the more I do know, the easier (though only slightly, I'm sure) it will be then. And besides, it's good for me. And I figure, the more excersise I get now while I do have very good nutrition, the better.
Ha - even that doesn't work.
You WILL FALL on the trail.... (like that sign I see at amusement parks that say - you will get wet) Plenty of blood and sweat to go around. Whether you get injured or not - 99% do in one form or another (from blisters to sprains to even stress fractures).
Well what you got going for you is youth on your side. You've got muscles and ligaments that are young and raring to be used (not like us over forty). That's why mental is really the key here. You're gonna face all kinds of situations that you are NOT going to like at all - and you will wonder WHY am I out here doing this? This is crazy. And that's where you make or break it. (Again from someone who wanted to quit different times, and even when I got to Maine - yeah, Maine, of all places, 2 weeks shy of the end. It gets tough. So glad for my hubby who kept me going)
Thanks blissful- I'm sure it will be hard sometimes, and we'll see how it goes. In the meantime, I'm going to stick to my "training" plan.
I have done 6 section hikes at various levels of fitness, from no exercise to Moderate exercise, last trip I was fittest, & enjoyed the hike more than any other. I was NOT in any way hiker fit, I had only added a 2 mile walk 3 times a week 3 weeks pre-hike, but I could do more, got trail fit quicker, had an all over better time. This was also a good time to sort out my hiking gear (shoes, kilt, pack, etc) an opportunity which I arrogantly did not use, "Oh, I'll be fine", yea, I paid for that mistake with the worst blisters AND foot pain I have ever had. New, shoes, tested for about 2 miles,,, Yep, I knew better, nope, moleskin didn't help.
Curse you Perry the Platypus!
Yep doctari- I'm using my excersising to break in my new boots. I've had too many blisters already (from my old boots, which stretched out and hated me), and they're too painful and annoying to be allowed to accompany me on my hike. (Although, I've figured out by now how to succesfully get rid of blisters.)
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- Unknown Hinson
Yep- you posted that on one of my other threads, and I definitely plan to do it. Just a stronge black tea solution? Any special temp?