Let the High Sierra Training Begin!

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Now that the Nicolet Bay 5K is over, my sights are set on our High Sierra Loop Trip in July. As I’ve said many times before, I want to be in as good a condition as possible for the trip so that I can enjoy it to the fullest.

I’m breaking my training into two segments: a six-week plan starting now and a four-week shift just before the trip. Here is my current six-week training plan:

David Kirsch’s Sound Mind Sound Body plan got me into the best shape of my life about 5 years ago. You follow a workout schedule tailored to your body type, so for me, I work a lot of upper body and obliques. The focus is on keeping the mind-body connection throughout the workout. You don’t complete a set amount of reps – You follow what your body is telling you to do that day. I get my music going and have a great time with each workout  🙂

Jason and I are hoping to be up to a 5-mile run by the time we head west. Since all of our training will be at a low altitude, I’m hoping that the running (as opposed to walking) will help us build up our lung capacity and prepare us for the higher altitudes.

To help fit in my workouts and to not feel completely exhausted, I’m using up a bunch of my vacation time (and furlough days – Yay  😡 ) over the course of the six weeks.

So far, this week has been great. I’m excited to continue training and hopefully reach my goals!


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2 thoughts on “Let the High Sierra Training Begin!

    1. Laura Post author

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to look into some arm warmers like this. I know I checked some out last fall as the temps were dropping and I was still running outside. But I never really looked at it from the perspective of hiking/backpacking. I definitely don’t want to take my pack off any more that I have to while hiking 🙂


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