It’s been a little while since I posted! And to be honest, it’s because I’ve been cheating on running. It’s hard to find inspiration to write about running, fueling for running, or races if you haven’t been in that arena for a bit. In July, Devin and I found the joy of hiking. It was completely accidental, but probably one of the best hobbies we stumbled across.
Typically at the start of summer, we will make our “bucket list”: the top things we’d like to do during the season. Some friends had told us how beautiful Harper’s Ferry was and that we should definitely visit. See my post here on that day trip. So, we hit the trail after lunch and some historical site-seeing. The hike was about 5 miles and a pretty steep incline to a beautiful overlook of the rivers and downtown Harper’s Ferry. Our heart rates were elevated, our legs were burning, and it was exhilarating to have the reward of the overlook after a tough upward climb. On the way home, I felt a sense of utter satisfaction. My body and mind were both tired in a perfect way. I felt relaxed, tired, and calm.
While running can offer the same experience, I have found hiking allows me to get out of my head more. It’s church-like, therapeutic, and exhausting all rolled into one. It’s moving meditation.
Since we discovered our love of hiking, we have now completed the following hikes/hiked the following locations (which we highly recommend):
- Hollow Brook Trail (in a torrential downpour)
- Middletown, MD/AT to Washington Monument
- Raven Rocks/AT in Virginia near Bluemont
- Sugarloaf Mountain
- Anthony Moleras State Park
- Pfeiffer Big Sur (much was closed due to the rock slides and fires)
- Point Lobos State Reserve
- Muir Woods
- Gambrill State Park
- Millers Head, Shenandoah National Park
- Hawksbill Summit, Shenandoah National Park
It’s been an amazing summer and fall so far. We’ve learned a new love for the outdoors and now we’re exploring camping. More on that to come! I may also start trail running as a way to reinvigorate my first passion 🙂 Have you found a new way to workout that you love?