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A Grueling Hike

On Friday, Dave and I left for Lake Tahoe to do the 28th Annual Mountain Run at Squaw Valley with his mom, sister, brother-in-law and their two kids, ages 2 and almost 5. Dave’s mom has been doing this for 10 years (she’s 65!!) and it’s very near and dear to her heart, as the run in part benefits the Tahoe Forest Hospital Cancer Prevention Program and she has lost a few loved ones to cancer, one friend succumbing less than a year ago.

Before the run (which you can walk, if you so choose), I bet Dave that I would beat him up the hill. He’s older than me, and I saw this was a sure win. I’m in fairly good shape (for someone who blogs and reads a lot) and I’m never one to turn my back on a little competition.

Well, this mountain run starts at an elevation of 6200 feet and ends at an elevation of 8200 feet, totaling 3.6 miles. I live practically at sea level (upon a Google search, the elevation where I live is 160 feet), but not having spent much time in the mountains, I’ve never had to acclimate.

This walk (I didn’t run) was BRUTAL. I thought my legs were going to fall off, I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest, and I seriously thought about turning around with almost every step I took.

Half-way through the walk I told Dave I took back our bet. There was no way I’d beat him to the top.

I hated every single second of it. And I wasn’t that thrilled when I finally finished, convinced that I’d pay for my exertion later. Well, I’m proud to say that my legs barely feel all that uphill walking, and Dave and I decided that it’s not an extremely arduous hike, especially for those of us who’ve hiked a bit in the past, but the altitude is really what does you in.

Dave’s sister walked up the hill with her almost five year old daughter, alternately having the girl walk and pushing her in a walking stroller (or whatever you call those jogging type strollers). They seriously slowed us down, but that was just fine with me.

I’m glad it’s over, but I’m pretty darn proud of myself. And as painful as it was to reach the top, I’m seriously considering going to Tahoe earlier next year so that I’m more acclimated for the mountain run. I’m sure I could beat my time from this year. 🙂

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13 Responses to “A Grueling Hike”

  1. debnance

    Oh my goodness! What a hike!


  2. Darlene

    Wow, congrats on completing that hike-it sure does sound grueling. You should be proud!


  3. Sarah

    Wow! You’re amazing!

    I, however, am in pain just looking at the map…..


  4. Jen Forbus

    Nice accomplishment, Trish! I LOVE walking and hiking, so that looks like fun. I’d probably have your same problem, though, with the altitude. Glad to hear you want to do it again!


  5. Heather

    Congrats on your success!!!!


  6. Florinda

    My in-laws have a cabin up in that area, and yeah, the altitude can sneak up on you.

    Congratulations on making the hike! To celebrate, here’s a little blog award for you. Happy Monday :-)!


  7. Jeane

    I haven’t hiked in a long time, but you reminded me of one I did to the top of a waterfall. Doesn’t it feel like a great accomplishment!


  8. Becky

    Congrats! That’s a huge deal, man!


  9. lisamm

    Wow, Trish, I’m so proud of you, not just for making the hike but for doing it in the name of charity–very cool. BTW what WAS your time??


  10. Elizabeth

    Wow, I’m impressed. I probably wouldnt have even finished. The last time I was in Colorado the altitude nearly killed me!


  11. chartroose

    Kool! If you ever make it out here to the Springs, we’ll hike Pikes Peak (14,100 ft.). I haven’t done it in years though, and will probably bitch the entire way!


  12. Dawn (SheIsTooFondOfBooks)

    congrats on the big hike! It’s amazing what our bodies can do (and can recover from!).


  13. mellymel

    i salute you. i can’t even hike at sea level – oh sorry, then it’s called walking. 🙂


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