Re-Hike Your Training Hike

Poo Poo Point is a 8 mile round trip hike in Issaquah, Washington.

The view showcases the beautiful Olympic Mountains to the west and Mt. Baker to the north. I was lucky enough to see every outline of each mountain today, the day was clear and beautiful. This was the hike I used to train for the PCT. While I was hiking today, I remembered my first time hiking it before my thru-hike.

Almost a year ago, I remember putting my pack on for the first time.

I loaded it with bottles of water and was surprised at the weight once I reached the incline. Today, one thru-hike later, I returned to my training hike. I relived each step and remembered my old feelings of curiosity and excitement.

The PCT was my first back packing trip.

While I was training last year, my thoughts were scattered and ultimately, I didn’t know what to expect. A whole new world was shown to me once I stepped foot on that trail. I have grown and expanded more than I could have thought. Re-hiking my training trail made me realize how much land I’ve seen and how many steps I’ve taken.

It’s a fun path to revisit.

Go back to your training hike and remembered all that has happened since the last time you were there. Remember all the people you’ve met, remember all the mountains you’ve crossed, remember all the climates and weather you’ve lived in, remember all the terrain you’ve walked on – sand, snow, dirt, rock, lava, mud. And remember, it’s been you. It’s been you the whole time. Your legs and your mind have done it all, no one else. It’s a feeling of power that will never leave.

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