Nothing could have prepared me for the AT. No amount of running stairs. Not walking – certainly not in very flat Houston. Squats helped. Stretching was good, and I don’t regret and of the preparation. What does prepare you for the trail? The trail!
This is only day two and there are some lessons I have learned. First be sure to ease in. Every NOBO thruhiker passing us so far has been so kind and generous with advice. Universally it has been go slow to avoid injury. People who don’t do this spiral down and drop out. Without fail.
Second the weight and fit of my pack is damn important. I have to take it seriously. Take what I need and coincider luxuries carefully.
Third – hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Powerade – yum.
Finally my feet are my best friend. Camp shoes are my favorite thing right now. More than food. Not more than water. That would be silly.
Oh…and hanging bear bags? Hysterical, hard and deeply satisfying when you hit your branch!!!