My 52 Hike Challenge

 

If you are reading this, you have most likely seen my journey.  I discovered #52hikechallenge through My Peak Challenge, an online community that encourages challenging yourself to be the best version of yourself, through fitness, nutrition, or personal goals.

I first joined MPC in 2016 to reclaim myself.  I felt I had lost sight of who I was in the active arena.  Having been an athlete in high school and after, then keeping up with 3 young boys kept me moving for most of my life.  But, before getting involved with MPC, I felt I had lost my “toughness”.  I was spending too much time sitting out and watching, rather than getting in the mix.

I lost count of how many times I talked about “getting in shape”.  In 2015 several things happened that put me in a new direction.  First, I read the book Wild. It got me thinking about her own “toughness” and asking myself, why not me?  Then my boys got me a Fitbit for Christmas.  About that same time, we traveled to my brother-in-laws ranch in Texas.  While there, we went out skeet shooting.  I watched as everyone gave it a try.  They were having so much fun.  Then one of my boys looked at me.  My first instinct was to decline.  Then I thought of Wild.  To say I loved it was an understatement.  The fact I was with my boys, and actually hit some of the clay pigeons, was the icing on the cake.

In January 2016, by pure chance, I discovered My Peak Challenge because of my Outlander obsession.  That is a story for another blog, actually a previous blog!  I thought what the heck, I will give it a try.  Nothing else has worked, so maybe some Sam Hueghen motivation will.  To say it has changed my life does not do this statement justice.  In a year of life not always going as planned, it became my distraction and so much more.

A healthier life, new friends from all over the United States and World, and of course  hiking.  I never, in my wildest dreams imagined, when I joined, that I would gain so much.  I have hiked in over 8 States, 1 Country, and 17 different cities over the past year.  I have Hiked with my husband, old and new friends, my boys, and some grand dogs.  I hiked in as cold as 6 degrees and as hot as 100+ degrees.

I look up trails wherever I go now and often choose hiking over shopping!  I have so many ideas for 2018 and know I will be hiking in new places and with new friends and family.  I still have to get one in with Rizzo!

The 52 Hike Challenge site asked participants to fill out a form about their experience.   I gave it some thought and came up with what hiking really has been for me.  As I mentioned earlier, it has allowed me to reclaim myself.  And in doing so, I have met incredible Peakers, seen so many amazing places that make my photographer heart happy and my soul sing!

 

See you on the trails…

Love, Kris💚