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Because I’m Crazy [Pre-PCT 1]

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I have decided to do something absolutely insane, allow me to explain. I have decided that I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail [PCT] roughly a year from now. This trail goes from Mexico to Canada, is 2,650 miles long and takes 4-6 months to complete on average. This is about the time that people say “But what about your rheumatoid arthritis [or fibro, or sjogren’s, etc…]”. To which I say, “doesn’t that make it all the more impressive”. I have done my due diligence to ensure I take care of myself on the trail. I have spoken with my rheumatologist about how to get biologics on the trail. We decided switching from my Actemra IV to Actemra subq may be the way to go. She is fully supportive of this endeavor and is amazed with my turnaround. Considering 2 years ago I was so sick I wanted to die and practically crawled to Mayo Clinic, this is nothing short of amazing. I read about the PCT a few years ago and thought, “I wish I was healthy enough to do this”. Now I can, and I will.

“Why now?” is also a question I have been hearing a lot. Well, about that. My RA/RD is currently under control and I intend to take advantage of this. Additionally I will be graduating next May with an education degree. In Oklahoma. During a hiring freeze. So, due to the fact that only rural districts are hiring [which you always get stuck in] I will be taking off for 6 months and praying Oklahoma can figure out it’s current budget crisis. This is the only time in my life that I have limited responsibilities, I only have my husband to worry about.

Now they say you only need 12  weeks of training before leaving for the trail. Then I thought to myself 52 weeks of practice seems pretty good too. I have begun my doing 60-90 minutes of cardio 4-5 times a week and began resistance training to strengthen my core and back. I’m 4 weeks into this training and so far my body has held up with no, I repeat NO issues. My calves are so muscular I could probably just hop into a low flying helicopter*. My amazingly kind and understanding husband will be mailing me my oral medications as I continue down the trail. I have started making my own dehydrated meals, can make a fire out of anything, and learned how to layer like a pro. I will not be unprepared. I will continue to update as we get closer to my departure.

PCT (1)

Hart’s Pass, Washington

*Please do not attempt this.

 

 

 

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  1. Wow! What an incredible goal and undertaking. I’m envious and overwhelmed for you at the same time. My parents live very near Snoqualamie Pass and are super familiar with RA challenges. If you want or need anything to help when you are near there I would be happy to connect you up!

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    • Annie, that is so kind of you! I’m nervous but so incredibly excited that I have a chance to do this. Y’all are pretty much on the trail itself, we should talk more when I get closer to leaving. I’d love to meet up and chat with you in person!

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  2. You are so not crazy. I’m amazingly proud of you for setting such an ambitious goal and putting real-life plans in place to make it happen. I couldn’t make that journey at this point in my life, but I am thrilled I will get to share yours. (Have you figured out how you’ll post on your trip????)

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    • That means a lot Carla, thank you!I’m so excited to have the chance to make concrete plans so far in advance. Due to the fact that I will need to stop in towns to pick up my Actemra shot I am hoping to update the blog from my phone using whatever wifi I can find. The goal is to have bi-monthly or monthly updates.

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