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Building Confidence - Making it to the End (Final Recap WC Trail)

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Yeah! We did it!!! This was back last August (I am very late writing this recap but I keep this blog as a scrapbook of happy memories so it is never too late to post what I want to remember and cherish!)

The last two days of the hike was, in my opinion much easier... First, the distance to cover was 17km/day and the terrain's profile was not as challenging. Some section had boardwalks, which allowed us to move at a very good pace; you still have to be careful because it can be very slippery but at least it is almost flat!

I love walking through the British Columbia Forest - It is quiet and it makes me feel connected; somehow, I feel protected and strong in the forest. I like the ocean, it is very calming to listen to the rhythm of the waves; I was very pleased whenever we had the chance to skip the beach walk and go through the path on the edge of cliffs - dangerous but not as demanding physically.

That night we made it to the falls. This campsite was nice. We had were able to get in the water (very cold) and we had a nice meal by the fire. (we had to walk around to gather the wood but it was absolutely worth it!)

When we woke up for our last full day of hiking, I was very stiff and I was thinking to myself, "How can I put this bag on my back, I can barely walk to the WC!" But you dig down inside and you pull out the strength to get you through... I like this part of the trail, it was very different from the day 1. *

For the last night, we slept on the beach, very close to where the high tide comes - I did not sleep very well as I kept thinking that the waves would get to our tent and we would get wet! We saw many whales that evening. These four night, despite being stiff and sore, were the best sleep in a long time.

I was very proud to have complete this adventure and thankful that my DH took me there. I know it was not easy for him too - his backpack was noticeably a source of discomfort (hikers going by pointed it out - he had to adjust and improvised extra padding) and his hip was preventing him from moving freely (he was actually limping after the first mile...) - I think this trip brought us closer.

Our hiking trip was a little breach in my training plan for the marathon. As a result of aches and sore muscles, I had to adapt in order to allow some recovery time (that I did not really planned for), however, I gain mental resilience and confidence that I can go till the finish line, even if it hurts... you can always rest and stretch later!

On the pier in Victoria, British Columbia

(* Picture from official West Coast Trail website)
On another note - I joined CGG111 for a 21 day challenge.
I am working on:
emoticon Tracking and staying on track
emoticon Drinking my water (and going for water instead of binging!)
emoticon Getting enough sleep (more than 5hrs)
emoticon Being active // going outside 10 min/day
emoticon Stretching

emoticon Tracking and staying on track - 1450 cal
My salad (lunch) was actually terrific: 150 gr spinach, 150 gr pumpkin (diced) and 1/4 medium onion - sauté for 3-4 min just enough to roast the pumpkin and onion and soften the spinach. Transfer to a bowl. Dice 1 large boiled egg and 100 gr avocado, add to the salad and sprinkle with a dash of hot sauce - I like it spicy!

emoticon Drinking my water - 8 cups, tempted to binge but resisted!
emoticon Getting enough sleep - 6 hours!!! emoticon This is my best night in a long time ... I was emoticon when DH woke me up!
emoticon Being active // going outside 10 min/day emoticon Walk with DH.... emoticon
emoticon Stretching ...

I think I will go for a short run in the morning. My clothes are ready ... (= exercise, outside and stretch after)
I have a meal plan (for Breakfast and lunch, we are attending a BD party and I check the menu, so I know what I will order... Plus, I will be the DD, so I will cut on calories and get my "sparkling" water - that counts right?)

Have a great Sunday!
GoVember Challenge - GO the Distance Team! emoticon emoticon
My 2013 total distance : 2000 km reached today!
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