Running is becoming my preoccupation. I'm still kinda amazed that I can do it at all. And I don't do it well. I'm a shitty athlete. But being a shitty athlete means I am an athlete, and I'll take it. This is tremendous progress for me. This is the pay-off of almost a year of pretty steady work.
I'm running 5K most days, but still taking the time to hike when possible. Hiking and camping are an amazing escape. There isn't much that feels better than returning to the campsite after a twelve or thirteen mile circuit hike, building a fire, and just relaxing before turning in. I've really come to appreciate the solitude; it's a meditative and rejuvenating experience for me. Sleeping in the tent is becoming second nature, and the sounds and sights and smells of the mountains are something I've come to crave.
Here are the Facebook photo albums and notes for my last few hikes.
I hiked Sharp Top Mountain at Peaks Of Otter about three weeks ago. It's a short but demanding hike, and the views are beautiful.
Last week I was on vacation and I spent a couple of days in Shenandoah National Park. On the first day I hiked down the Appalachian Trail to Rapidan Camp, and back to Big Meadows over Stony Mountain. It was a beautiful day spent along some incredible streams and waterfalls.
On my second day in Shenandoah I made the (relatively) short hike to Mary's Rock on the AT. Another fun hike with another gorgeous view as the pay-off.
The summer is just starting. It isn't even Memorial Day yet. I'm excited for the miles and views and campfires to come over the next few months.