This week doesn’t just mean Christmas for me (but I absolutely LOVE Christmas and everything about it), it also means only 3 months until I head out on the Appalachian Trail. And in those three months, I have a good number of things left to do before stepping under the arch at Amicalola.
#1. Commit to my 6-month wardrobe
Deciding on what clothes I want to carry has been the area of my gear list that fills me with the most dread. I hate making decisions. I also hate clothes shopping. Finding the right sizes and cuts to fit me is already difficult enough, as my torso is tiny and my lower half is just all kinds of disproportionate, but now I have to decide what clothes are going to be the lightest, most durable, and (at least for the first few months) the warmest. So yeah, as the queen of procrastination, I’ve put off the thing I dread the most for as long as I can. But now that my start date is quickly approaching, I really need to figure this out, cause clothes are kinda necessary.
#2. Plan or not plan my food (make the decision, and act accordingly)
Another dreaded aspect that has been significantly procrastinated. I’m pretty positive that I’m not going to send mail drops and just rely on what I can find in towns, but I’m going do some research to make sure that isn’t a stupid decision. I don’t have any dietary restrictions, so I’m hoping to be able to just wing it as I go. Winging it is my specialty.
#3. Attempt to get into better shape
Real quick note: I am not a personal trainer, or any kind of certified anything. Another note: some people don’t train at all. They just step on the trail straight off the couch. Some don’t make it the whole way, but some do. Which is also true for people that train. I’m choosing to train as much as I can because I believe it will increase my chances of making it to Katahdin, but there’s obviously no one right way to do it.
There are many different things I am doing to train. Ab workouts. Yoga (thanks to the quarantine back in the spring for giving me time to finally learn about/explore this type of exercise). Running (which makes me question how I ever survived cross country in high school). Walking with my weighted backpack through the neighborhoods near our house. Trail hiking with my weighted pack. Multi-day backpacking trips. So all kinds of everything. I’m hoping to get at least one more backpacking trip in before I start, but we’ll see if that happens.
#4. Enjoy Christmas/time with my family
Like I said earlier, I LOVE Christmas. Easily my favorite holiday. It’s not even a close contest. I love the lights, the decorations, the music, giving presents, everything. I’m home for a few weeks right now, and so is the rest of my family, which is nice because come March I won’t see them for about half a year.
And that’s my to-do list for the next few months. I’ll share my gear list once I finally buckle down and decide on clothes. It definitely won’t be the lightest base weight on the trail, but I don’t think it’ll be the heaviest either. That’s the goal anyway. For now, Merry Christmas 🙂
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Squats. Do squats for the next three months (and also some hamstring exercises). I find leg work to be way more helpful than running. Good luck!
Use poles. They will keep your arms in shape.