Here we are flying out to San Diego with many questions going through our heads. Did we bring everything we need? Did we bring enough? Are out packs too heavy? Will we have enough food and water? But the scariest question of all is "Will our bodies and minds allow us to complete this adventure?"
From everything I've read, the two biggest reasons people do not complete the thru-hike is injury and mindgames. Injury is something we just have to hope against. We will be starting at a comfortable pace and building up miles slowly and carefully. This should help us avoid injury. This should help us avoid injury. But how do we prepare our minds?
You know when you go out for a jog and you want to keep running, but the voice in your head keeps telling you that you are tired and why are you doing this and why don't you just stop running. Well, imagine that for 2,700 miles. There will be good days where the sun is shining and we feel great, but what about those days where it is raining and our feet hurt and the mosquitos are ridiculous. Those are the days where we need to fight, fight, fight.
Here's to that voice in our heads and may we be strong enough to win!