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Welcome Ruby, you have a great goal there! emoticon Happy trails!

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My next big hike (big for ME) is gonna be next summer, to Havasu Falls! The waterfall shown in this team's profile pic. It's 10 miles in and 10 miles out. Coming up is gonna be the hard part!! I need to get back into hiking! I have a loooong way to go.
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I've never been to the famous Mount Saint Helen's for me I imagine it could be quite a hike as I've really let myself go this year but I think that it's a good goal to get me motivated. My plan is to walk walk walk every morning before work an hour. I work for the Public School District in a very active classroom so I'm always pretty much moving all day. But somehow I'd like to start running again AFTER work. I think that the combination of both of these activities will prepare me for the hike up Helen's.

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I am doing a 6K hike/walk Saturday


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I spend 20 minutes every morning with calestenics. I run in my neighborhood 3xs a week.
I'm learning about the bear in the woods.
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I agree that stretching is important. The more I do the fewer problems I end up having later. Spark has several good stretching articles and videos. One I've particularly found useful myself originally came out as a dailyblog
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=13_yoga_p
oses_to_help_runners_and_other_athletes


You might also consider doing more strength training for thighs & hips. Pilates is great for that so maybe try out Coach Nicole's video Pilates Thigh & Hip workout
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Seems like hiking would be the best way to overcome soreness caused by hiking...just in that the more you use the muscles that are sore in that way, the less sore they will be over time.

There are probably some stretches you could do post hike that might help alleviate the soreness as well, I think there is a good post-run stretch video on Spark that Coach Nicole does that might give you some ideas. Or even just a nice down dog, if you like yoga (and add a crescent lunge especially to stretch the hip flexor)

If you have real pain, of course, you should rest, ice, elevate...but the soreness should go away or at least diminish with time and repetition of the exercise.

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When I hike, my hip adductors (the muscles that help you lift your leg from the hip) get sore quicker than the rest of my body tires out. Any tips on exercises or stretches that would help? I've been working on the elliptical with high resistance, but it doesn't seem to help all that much.


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Well, I've been building my mileage up (on the ME index anyway emoticon ). I've been doing 2 and 3 mile walks regularly and need to map out a good local 3.5 mile route.


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I like that quote, Jstetser, and you've got me curious as well, cannon balls?

2 miles, nice!

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2 mile walk


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Oh, what is the Cannon Balls? Sounds interesting.


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I'm hoping to hike the Cannon Balls next weekend.

You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of a special soul as well. ~Terri Guillemets



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Sounds like your training is moving right along! Watch the knee, and modify if you feel like it doesn't work for you.

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I did a weight routine for legs for the first time in a long time. I'd hurt my knee last summer and was cautious about going back to weights even after it started feeling better.

But I think I'm ready to add squats and lunges back in. Which will be great. Those built up strength quickly when I was doing them before.

I've gotten 3 and 2 mile walks in this week.


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I take time every day to build up my legs and arms. Just taking time to do strength exercises can make a big difference!



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My hiking lately is just going to and from work, but we're heading south at the end of the month, so we'll get in some hiking then...looking forward to that!

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9/4/12 3:53 P

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I got some great walking in all over Gettysburg this weekend. I even tried out a set of hiking poles that I'd gotten for my birthday and ever used before.


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That still sounds like fun.

I'm hoping to spend a little time in the next couple months exploring a local battlefield.


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Good for you! I was going to go camping since this is a 3 day weekend, but just found out I have to work Sunday and Monday, so I'll just be doing some local hikes and walks close by. I hope to get at least 3 miles in each day, but I'll go further depending on when I have to work.


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8/30/12 6:57 A

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I've gotten a lot of walking in this week. 3 miles yesterday and 1.5 miles this morning.


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I don't consider myself "training" for any particular trip or hike. I just like being out, enjoying the scenery, fresh air, birds, etc. If I know I'm going to be taking a particularly long or challenging hike, I'll try to extend my mileage in the weeks ahead of it, or get up into the hills around my house to increase the incline. I carry a mileage tracker with me and log most of my hikes to gauge how I'm doing, that helps me to know if I'm actually working out or just strolling about!




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3 miles, a little bit on trails.

I need to get out earlier in the day, so I feel like I have more time for the trails and don't need to just crank out the mileage.


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8/23/12 7:47 A

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1.5 miles quick walk around the neighborhood.


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How fun. Maybe we'll have some kind of SparkPeople join up on the trail.

There are some great hikes in PA. We vacation in the Allegenies a couple times a year. Last time my knee was too messed up for much hiking, but I'm hoping to tackle the local ridgeline next time I'm there.




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What a fun hike to train for! I want to train for Mt. Whitney. It's a hiking goal of mine. :-)

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emoticonSherry! Hope you can get your meds worked out, and take it slow at first!

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You have inspired me. If I can get my asthma issues straightened, I am going to begin training for this hike. I may not be able to join all the training hikes when they happen, but I will train myself. I live close to the Appalachain Trail in PA so will train on that. This should prepare me for this hike. Thank you.

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1.5 mile walk, about half on trails. Really had to watch my step on the bridges and duckboards, because they were very slippery.


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It really was wonderful. Reminded me of the Washington state weather I grew up with. I'm just not cut out for those 95-102 deg weeks.


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Good for you! That sounds like nice walking weather.

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Walked 3 miles this morning. A little slower than on Friday. I'd only intended to walk 1.5 miles but the weather was cool and misty and it felt great.


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It is a really long hike. Fortunately, there are several training hikes in the months that lead up to the event. So even if I can't make it through the whole ODH, I'll have had a great time getting ready.


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Wow! That's a huge hike 31-1/4 miles.
I just looked it up and it looks like this will be a flat level hike on mostly packed dirt, which means that you won't have to worry about training for huge elevation gains, though it can't hurt to incorporate some of that into your training schedule.

I'd say just start hiking/walking several times each week and keep hiking, increasing your distance as you go.

Sounds like fun!


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Just keep on walking! The best way to get and stay in shape for any activity it to do it, and I find tracking keeps me honest, as I can look back and see how I've progressed over the weeks/months as they start to add up. If you paths and trails are available on the map application, you may be able to estimate the mileage by entering the route there. (like mapmyrun, or I think Spark has a similar application to track miles)

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8/18/12 6:33 P

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It sounds like you both have a lot more experience hiking than I do. I'm looking forward to adding on more mileage and longer times.

Now that I've met the 5k goal I'd set, I'll probably shift to measuring by time walked. There are dozens of nice loopy trails in my neighborhood, some paved, some gravel, some dirt. But few of them are really measured out, so time spent will probably be more effective.

We lived for a couple years in Japan and I had to pass up on trying to climb Fujisan because I wasn't in shape enough. I really want to not have to say no to life because I'm tired or unfit. (And as a plus, I've lost 4 pounds in the last month).

This evening, I walked for 40 minutes before dinner (about 2 miles).


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It's great to have a training plan for something that ambitious, so good for you!

Sounds like you're off to a good start. I don't have a big goal at the moment either, but like Lynda, am always "training" to stay in "hiking shape" because you never know what opportunity may arise. Lately I've been biking or walking/hiking into work, it's 3 miles each way, about 1/2 on trail and 1/2 on streets. I also workout twice a week in a small group fitness class, resistance training in a circuit. my goal in this regard is to try to get an extra resistance day in, but I haven't been very successful at that, so probably should just get to it!

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Sounds like you have a great plan - I don't have a specific 'big hike' to train for but I'm sort-of in a perpetual 'training plan' to improve my fitness and the are quite a few 'bigger hikes' I'd love to do whenever I'm in shape to do them. My overall goal, really, is just to be ready for whatever comes up!

I'll be hiking/walking 3 nights a week with a group of people on a route that 3.2 miles with 800 ft gain - it's a paved surface so even though we call it a 'hike,' it's more like a 'walk' to me. However, it is a paved surface in a 'wilderness area' so it's nice. Adding the elevation gain is great exercise! I will also be doing other things during the week and plan to get back to strength training around Labor Day.

I wish you the best of luck with your program and can't wait to hear you have achieved your goal for the 50k walk - wow!

Lynda in Orange County, So Calif

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I walked 3 miles this morning. All sidewalk/pavement, but a new distance. This was a mini goal using the 5k Your Way training plan here at SP.

Next steps: I need to map out some distance routes on my local trails, so I'm getting more used to the uneven surfaces.

I also got a copy of a good walk training book that sets out weekly training plans through 26 miles. I need to determine where my current ability puts me in the plans and then carry on.

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I have a big goal of hiking the C&O Canal One Day Hike (50k version) next spring.

This is a huge step up for me, since I'm pretty much starting from ground level.

I don't know if most of the team members here are avid hikers or folks who want to hike. But I imagine we all have something we'd like to get ready for.

I'm planning to track some of my progress here. I'd love company. Just name your goal and what you're doing to get ready.


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