I can’t tell if time is going by too slow or too fast! I feel like it was just yesterday when Kory asked me what I thought about hiking the AT. That was probably about 6-7 months ago and since that point, it’s been the one thing that’s constantly been in the back of mind. We have a tentative start day of April 15th but it all depends on Kory’s thesis defense date. He has been working hard to wrap up the last of his research and his paper, but we can finally see the end of the tunnel. Work has kept my mind somewhat preoccupied but I still have those “oh, sh*t” moments periodically throughout the day. Training my replacements has kept me pretty busy but come next Friday I will be jobless and that’s when the pre-hike jitters will strike. I’m finishing up the last of my gear and clothing purchases and tending to a foot injury that has hindered my running for a few weeks now. My workout/running routine has been out of sync since the injury but I’m hoping things will heal quickly and I’ll be walking ready by April. There’s nothing like an injury a month before our start date to really calm the nerves! The countdown begins! If you are planning on hiking the AT and still have not registered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy click here to register.