The question I kept asking myself–
Can this east coast girl handle the Rockies?
Whenever those voices inside your head start whispering nonsense that makes you question yourself, take a deep breath to quiet the voices and remind yourself that you are enough.
Being enough doesn’t mean it won’t hurt.
Being enough doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged.
Being enough means you show up imperfectly– ready to give it your all despite the inevitable obstacles.
I expected to come to Colorado and be challenged and strengthened, both physically and mentally, and she didn’t disappoint.
Back to back full days on the trail is enough to challenge anyone’s physical abilities.
Surprisingly, I didn’t have any issues with the elevation, but my pace dropped significantly the moment there was any uphill grade– making me feel like a snail.
I also quickly started taking ibuprofen 2x per day to dull the pain in my feet.
There were “easy” sections of trail that completely drained me mentally.
Long seemingly unchanging stretches of trail had me hawking my watch, willing the miles to pass quicker.
I had a tough time quieting my mind, but when I made the conscious decision to focus on my breath and stay present I was able to find a rhythm that was bearable.
So to answer the original question– yes.
I don’t know what the rest of the Colorado Trail has in store for me, but I know I will remain flexible and open to the challenge.
🤍 amanda maureen