What Training for the PCT Looks Like
With three weeks to go until I start my hike, I’ve been doing lots of little things, including organizing my photos. I’ve been taking photos on my training hikes and I thought it would be nice to look back on this winter and the beginning of spring.
The longest hike I’ve done so far is around 24 km/15 miles in about 4.5 hours. It’s been a balance working full time, getting out hiking as much as possible, and studying for the grad school admissions test that I’m writing before I leave for the PCT. Realistically, I’ve been getting out about twice a week – usually for one longer hike (3-5ish hours) and one shorter hike. I’ve been cross country skiing often, both at work and on my days off.
One of my main concerns has been getting my shoes and insoles figured out. My feet were feeling good until about three hours in, when my feet would start hurting from overpronation. I’ve started using different insoles and so far, so good. My alignment is better and the increased thickness reduces the volume inside the shoes, which makes the fit more secure. Fingers crossed!
Here’s my photo roundup of my winter and spring training hikes so far. I stuck more to sidewalks and urban areas when it was icy or the snow was deep, then I got back on the trails as it warmed up and the snow melted, which my feet and shins appreciated.
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