Trail Legs

24 Apr

Something that is often discussed among thru hikers is the concept of “trail legs”. It describes the strong legs of a hiker with hundreds (or thousands) of miles behind her who is able to cruise through 20+ mile days. Trail legs can really only be achieved one way- day after day of hiking endless ups and downs. The result = Priceless. The ability to hike all day long with relative ease is what makes thru hiking doable (and much more enjoyable!)

For Emily and I this past week, and the next couple coming up, are all about rebuilding our trail legs. When we got off the trail in November we were able to hike 20-25 miles a day with few complaints. After 163 zeroes 10-15 miles a day have been more our speed. We have been working hard to find a balance between pushing ourselves to get back in shape, while still listening to our bodies and avoiding injury. Having said that, our first week back we knocked out 94 miles and we are pretty darn proud. Yesterday we were even able to hike 18.5 miles, motivated by the idea of a comfy bed and a hot shower that awaited us in Daleville, VA.

The trail itself has been beautiful- well maintained with very few roots and rocks to trip us up. Spring is definitely in the air and the lower elevations are incredibly green and lush. While the ups and downs have been reasonable, they feel pretty intense on our too-well-rested legs. But, we have kept our heads and slowed our pace resulting in a happy medium of both miles covered and enjoyment of the trail.

Below is a shot of the Guillotine, which we passed through a few days ago.

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4 Responses to “Trail Legs”

  1. Jim Wentzel April 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Great post! Way to go guys! Eat five burgers! With your faces!

  2. PACE April 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    At least this time you get the Virginia treatment and not the bootcamp through Maine. Love the blog. Look forward to reading more and catching yall further south.

  3. Jan York April 26, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Your dad gave me your website. I plan to go back and read from beginning. Stay safe and HAPPY. We leave tomorrow for our great hot air balloon adventure!!!

  4. Alison Kapadia April 29, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    So glad you guys are doing so well!

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