In addition to my running, I’m trying to go out for hikes most weekends between now and Mt. Hood. Today I tried out my new hiking boots and my pack (which I’ve had for a couple of years but never used). And my new softshell pants and Capilene top. REI Outlet FTW!

The boots are these and I love them. One of my climbing partners got the same ones and she loves them too. They won’t be the ones we climb in (TMG is providing real mountaineering boots for us), but they’re great for training.

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Today’s hike through Forest Park: 8.7 miles in 3 hours, with a 20+-pound pack. It felt really, really good. There’s a mental shift here — I’m learning the ability to keep going…and going…and going. At first I looked at my watch every 5 to 10 minutes. Then, gradually, I stopped.

I’m glad I didn’t have a recurrence of last week’s sickness. With only four climbers, we think we’re only going to have one guide, which means when one of us has to turn back, we all turn back. I don’t. want. to be. the person who makes everyone turn back.

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