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Training for Mt Rainier comes to a bump in the trail!

I visited my Physical Therapist and it wasn’t as bad as I thought! My IT Band (iliotibial band) was very tight & inflamed. The IT Band is a ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin; the IT Band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT Band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee becomes painful. I’ve been doing a lot of prolonged and repetitive activities for the last couple of weeks so it caused my IT Band to get a bit inflamed causing my knee pain.

In Week 14 I really decreased the training as my knee was still bothering me and my Physical Therapist recommended that I reduce my workload as much as I could while she did her magic! I did two 1 hr hikes— one with weight and another with no weight. On the hike with weight, I was planning to do a longer hike but my knee started to hurt so I decided to stop the hike and rest. I tried to do the Daily Dozen 2.0 one day but while doing the squats and lunges my knee was bothering me so just did a few reps of these exercises and decided to modify it moving forward. I changed the three-quarter squats for a plank, the lunges for V ups, the deep squats for steam engine laying down and the burpees for a plank.

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Training to hike Mt Rainier from Mt Mitchell

On week 12 of our training to hike Mt Rainier, we did a 9 hr hike so that pretty much sums up the week!

We were getting too comfortable hiking Crowders Mountain and Umstead Park so we needed to change our location. We decided to climb Mt Mitchell. For our Mt Rainier hike we will gain almost 10,000 feet in 2 days so we needed to train in a similar environment.  Mt Mitchell doesn’t elevate that high but is the highest peak east of the Mississippi and the only peak close to us.

Training to hike Mt Rainier from Mt Mitchell
Mt Mitchell summit

Mt Mitchell is located 127 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC and about 32 miles northeast of Asheville, NC. It’s the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains at 6,684 ft. and it’s beautiful up there! Driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway is awesome!  I really wanted to drive a bit more while we were in the area but we needed to get hiking.

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