One Year Anniversary!
One year ago today I was determined to get back out and hike/walk my way back to full health. I had no idea what the year ahead of me would hold; but looking back, I’m proud of my accomplishments!
Today I officially hit the 400 mile mark. Actually 403 miles to be exact! To put this in perspective….I essentially have walked from Dallas to Oklahoma City and back. Granted I did the miles over a year; but it’s a start.
We’ve been under water here in North Texas as I mentioned in my previous post. So today I headed south to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve over in Plano. Absolutely loved it once I finally figured out how the hell to get off the cement and hit the trails. Lots of other hikers out there training along with trail runners.
Its funny; all the trail runners have their ear buds in. I don’t blame them. Running is monotonous. You really do need something to drive you. However, when I hike, I don’t listen to music. The only sound is the Runkeeper lady who annoyingly tells me every 5 minutes how much I’m sucking on my distance and pace. She’s sort of a bitch…but she’s a necessary evil.
I prefer the sound of nature. With enough practice you get “nature ears”. I can hear a large lizard rustling through the leaves. If I stop and stand still, eventually I’m rewarded by getting to see what made the noise. It’s pretty amazing.
Anyway…glad to find a place I can hike that’s currently not under water. Still jonesing for a multi-day hike. I’ll figure that one out eventually. My first choice is Long’s Peak in Colorado. But the latest I’ve seen is it’s still under snow and I don’t have much experience with “winter” hiking (using crampons and ice axes). Hopefully, they’ll warm up and I can shoot for something mid to late July. Keeping my fingers crossed!