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Melyssa: Slay the Thru-Hike Demon!

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Challenge Recap

 

Task 1:  Weekly 10 mile hike with a full pack.  A

I completed this every week

 

Task 2: 25 mile shake down hike and completing any to-do list items the hike generates: A

I only did 20 miles, but due to the new shoe inserts I purchased the day before I started this trip, I decided not to push my feet.  I gave myself an A for being smart about the inserts and for completing all my to-do list items the final week of the challenge.  

 

Task 3: Yoga 3 times a week with one being a studio class: B

My weekly grades for yoga were A (4), C(2), A(4), B(3), D(1), A(4) is 18 points divided by 6 weeks is 3 or a B.  I learned a tremendous amount about where I am when it comes to flexibility and a lot about the different styles of yoga.  I really enjoyed this exploration and will definitely keep this a part of my fitness routine.   

 

Task 4: No soda:  A

I haven't had a soda in 6 weeks.  Woohoo!!!!!

 

So I say this challenge is definitely a success.  The purpose of this challenge was to prepare me for the week long backpacking trip that I am starting this coming Saturday with my brother.  That will be the true test of whether I did enough.  

 

I learned a tremendous amount from this challenge.  First, the format of the challenge is a great tool for me as I like to get As and it helps keep me accountable.  There are several times that I would have skipped my weekly hike and I definitely would have left my to-do list until the last possible moment, because I am one of the world's biggest procrastinators.  So, thank you NF!!!!  I feel like I've made (and unfortunately lost as they disappeared from their challenge :( ) several friends here at NF during this challenge.  I enjoyed following the other challengers and I learned so much from them.  They helped motivate me and keep me going on my challenge.  So thank you all very much!  I look forward to seeing all of you during the next challenge!!!

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Great job on your first challenge.  You definitely are well prepared for your hiking trip!

 

Did you decide what guild suits you best yet?

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Great job on your first challenge.  You definitely are well prepared for your hiking trip!

 

Did you decide what guild suits you best yet?

Thanks

 

The next challenge I will be going with the Scouts since the first week I will be doing my week long hike and it fits in nicely there.  Although, I don't race, I basically enjoy doing endurance things whether long hikes, long paddles, long bike rides, etc and working up to longer hikes, paddles etc.  I followed experienced people from several different guilds this challenge and I feel the most at home with the scouts.  Thank you for following me on my first challenge, it meant a lot to have your support and guidance.  

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I can't wait to see how awesome you do next challenge :)

 

I am so glad we can follow people even in other guilds ;)

I am looking forward to the next challenge, although I'm having trouble seeing past the first week and the hike.  lol  

 

Oops, I actually thought you were a scout.  My bad.  Guess I need to read the small print.  

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haha nope... 

 

I have wanted to be a ranger since I first read LOTR nearly 30 years ago ;)... all my dnd characters are rangers or multiclass rangers... ::P

 

I love the distances... and i love the lifting... and I love the eating... so ranger it was!

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haha nope... 

 

I have wanted to be a ranger since I first read LOTR nearly 30 years ago ;)... all my dnd characters are rangers or multiclass rangers... : :tongue:

 

I love the distances... and i love the lifting... and I love the eating... so ranger it was!

I really need to read LOTR.  I think of Rangers, I think of Army Rangers.  lol  

 

I'm not fond of lifting (unless it involves a fork) and I dislike going to the gym (unless it is super cold out).  Warriors are so far beyond me I just look at them in amazement although I followed a few of them this challenge as well.  I think you are the only Ranger I followed and the whole time I thought you were a scout.  Well next time I'll be following a Ranger!!

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Melyssa, I just wanted to say thank you for supporting me through this challenge, even though I didn't stop by your thread and return the favor like I should have.  It's something I need to do better on.  But I did really appreciate your support, and I hope to continue on with a NF friendship. :)

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Watching your challenge has been a real inspiration. You seem to be able to focus on a few different goals and activities.

You'll be so prepared for your trip and it will be awesome!

Make sure you give us a run down when you get back.

I feel inspired to plan some of my own thru-hikes and get track fit in upcoming challenges.

Well done! :D

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Inspired by your challenge!  Congrats and best of luck on the next challenge.  I used to do maintenance on the AT when I lived in Virginia and I miss it.

 

This next challenge will be my first.  I've been training off and on for two years to do a half marathon.  I got way laid by an injury and getting sober.  My plan is to work on overall health.  

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I was hoping to get my initial post for the new challenge entered before I leave for my backpacking trip, but they must be working hard on the rules for this challenge.  No biggie, I will just start my entries when I get back a week from Sunday.  

 

Good Luck on the new challenge everyone!!!

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