Cross-training includes Hiking too!
Training comes in many different forms. I often see people punish themselves if they don’t stick to a prescribed training plan 100%. When you think like this … more times than not you’re setting yourself up for failure. Sometimes, when your plan calls for a long run, you go for a bike ride, or spend an afternoon climbing a rock wall. Sometimes … you go for hiking 26 miles.
One of the most difficult parts of training for me is finding ways to include my family (I shared ways to combine training and family time in episode 2). My wife, Karen, isn’t a fan of running and our kids aren’t old enough to keep up with me yet, so I needed to find something that we could all do together that didn’t involve running. That something came on Christmas Day.
Hiking a Marathon
We were travelling to the Charlotte area to spend the holidays with family when we spotted a billboard in Raleigh for the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge (Note: there are Trailblaze Challenges held all across the US. Check your local Make-A-Wish chapter to find the event closest to you). It promised a marathon length hike that you could trek in one day!
According to their website,
The Trailblaze Challenge is a 26.5 mile endurance hike where participants can tackle the terrain of the Sauratown Trail and all in one amazing day! This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. As well as being an extraordinary physical test, the real challenge is to raise much needed funds to grant the wishes of children in eastern North Carolina with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy.
Karen knew she’d never run a marathon, but the idea of hiking one intrigued her. This was exactly the type of activity I needed. It gave me an excuse to spend time training with Karen and our kids could join in on the shorter hikes too.
Good morning, Hikers!
In this episode, I take you along for the hike … starting at 3:23 AM as we get ready to leave our hotel room.