I know it's my first time on a trail in a little while but good grief! I have been walking around my neighborhood. And today I challenged myself to a hike nearby that mimics mountain terrain. I'm in a hilly region, but not mountainous. This hike was so tough! It was hot at 5pm, and the elevation gains of about 560ft were DRASTIC compared to my neighborhood hikes of 163 ft. Actually, reading that makes me feel a LOT better about what I accomplished today.
My neighborhood walks are about a 20 min/mile pace. I have walked a 5k in just under an hour. So the fact that I did about 2.5 miles in just under an hour is pretty good given that terrain. Phew! I was actually going to post here whining about how hard the hike was and that we have a group hike on Saturday, and I felt ill-equipped. But I think I survived 2.5 miles of this, and I can definitely handle more this weekend!
So the place we hiked (with my dog) is a neat area. The elevation changes and the positioning of it in our area make it a Mountain habitat in the middle of Piedmont. There are plants growing in the park that can only grow in the mountains. When we've hiked in the past, it's been significantly cooler than the surrounding areas, but August heat is just plain hot not matter where you go! I'm definitely going to be using this trail for more of my training. It'll be great preparation for the Ultimate Hike!
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