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Training for the trail

You may have seen the Rocky movies. Even if you haven’t, the iconic images of Sylvester Stallone grinding out the miles in a grey hoodie on the grim streets of Philadelphia are probably at least vaguely familiar. No? Then surely you can relate to the frenzied dance workout Jennifer Beals put herself through after a long day at the steel mills in the movie Flashdance. Still nothing? Well, I’m not gonna say your too young to be using grown-up electronics like laptops and smart phones… but you should really consider expanding your cinematic horizons.

Now that I think about it, have you noticed that there really aren’t that many movie role models that have to work-out really hard in order to accomplish their goals? Sure, there’s Kung Fu Panda, but I’m pretty sure his story took place back before my time so even this exception doesn’t hold up. And yes, Jason Bourne is pretty active, but it’s clear he’s not working too hard. Do you ever see Iron Man working out? Or the X-men?

Anyway, I was trying to create a moving and motivational image of someone training tirelessly towards a seemingly impossible goal. Hiking over 2000 miles in less than 6 months is one of those seemingly impossible goals. The vast majority don’t make it. I’ve done some long distance hiking (some of it along the Appalachian Trail) but I’ve never been able to hike more than about 800 miles before crawling (literally) to the nearest motorized transportation that would get me back to my cave.

This time its going to be different! Seriously. I’ve been training for the past few months and I’ve included a few pics below to prove it. I’m eating healthy (I’m still technically a doctor so I get to say what “healthy” is) and Dad forced me out of my cave at least once a week to get outdoors while I was with him in Colorado.

For any fashion-conscious readers out there, no, the awesome onesie that I’m sporting is not for sale, but I can understand why you’d ask…


  • Reply The Showers of Blessing January 23, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Fascinating stories. I would love to come back to read some more. My daughter and her husband ar hikers and they do cross country skiing regularly. They camped and hike to the top of Mt Adams, OR. Will be back. Thanks for the follow.

    • Reply Gabriel January 24, 2017 at 3:03 am

      It’s my pleasure. I enjoy your blog, and I hope you don’t mind if I keep coming back in the hopes of learning a few blogging tips from a veteran. I’ve (very) recently made the transition from blogging for friends/family to blogging “for real.” It’s a challenging task, and I appreciate all the feedback I can get.

      • Reply The Showers of Blessing January 24, 2017 at 11:58 am

        It would be my pleasure to have you. Did you click on the “Reader” next to “My Site?” Then you click blogs I follow. I have that tab open all the time and see all the new posts coming in, and I click like and comment… so on and so forth to keep in touch. I got your new post last night.

        • Reply Gabriel January 24, 2017 at 8:34 pm

          Yes! I just discovered the reader section of WordPress and have made reading others blogs one of my favorite morning rituals.

          I sincerely appreciate the guidance, and hope that you will continue to share. I’m still learning, but LOVING the blogging experience!

          • The Showers of Blessing January 25, 2017 at 12:44 am

            Good to hear about your discovery.
            Here you can participate all kinds of challenges from WP. It gives you instructions of how to participate. By participation, your post will be shared with bloggers who participate. You can visit their post, they can do the same to yours. Visit, like, comment, and follow, hopefully they follow back.

          • Gabriel January 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

            Thanks so much for the suggestion. I’ve checked it out, and may consider participating in the future. For now, I think I’ll just enjoy reading some of the daily posts inspired by prompts.

          • The Showers of Blessing January 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

            Good idea! I did take on all the options one at a time. After a while, I couldn’t find photos or writings I had done, so I started adding folders for different categories.

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