A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Operation Appalachian Trail!

I am so excited because as soon as I hit “publish” for this blog, I will be hopping in my car and heading to Caledonia State Park to embark on a trail running adventure!

A few months ago, I posted my Fitness Bucket List. Well, one of my crazy ultra-running friends particularly liked #5- Run the entire Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. And unlike me, he is actually DRIVEN to make this dream a reality for himself. He organized several weekends of trail running sections of the AT- all culminating with him (and whoever else joins him) completing it within about 3 months. A lot of his trail running friends are doing some or all of the weekends with him.

I am not running the entire thing, but I am going to do some of the runs. I am lucky to live within 45 minutes (or closer) to several AT trail heads. These also happen to be very run-able sections. There are certain parts of the trail I have run more times than I can count, but there are lots of other sections in Pennsylvania that I have never stepped foot on. After today’s run, I have calculated that I will have run 111 miles of the AT starting from the PA/MD line and going north. I have about 118 miles to go until I can say I ran the entire length of the portion of the trail in PA.

Today I will be running from the PA/MD line to Caledonia State Park. I thought it was going to be 16 miles but after doing some more research yesterday, I realized it’s actually going to be 18 miles. It sort of shocked me- I don’t know why 18 sounds like so much more the 16, but it does! I’m the only one cutting it short. The group I am running with will be doing just about 30 miles. I’m stopping short for several reasons.

I have no business running 30 miles right now. 
I’m not even sure I have business running 18, but oh well.

I have to be back for my piano recital at 3pm.

I have already run the last 12 miles they are going to be covering, 
so I will not be missing trail that I haven’t yet run.

 I'm taking my camera and hope to have some fun pics and a run re-cap for you all tomorrow. Although I may be too exhausted and will have to put it off until Monday or Tuesday. But for now, I am ready to hit the trail!

Do you live close to the AT?

Have you ever run/hiked on the AT?

Do you enjoy trail running?


  1. That's cool you live so close to some of the trail heads. Can't wait to see pictures!

  2. OMG THAT SOUNDS AMAZING. Have fun!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

    I may add this to my bucketlist!

  3. what an awesome adventure. can't wait to see the pics!