Trying to Climb Mountains (Literally)

Yesterday I was feeling in a bit of a slump all day so I skipped my run and instead did a 2 mile climb at 8-10% incline on the treadmill.

Next year Adam and I plan to go hike some mountains (not sure which ones yet) so I’ve been trying to add climbs like these into my cross training days a bit.

In 2010 we took a trip to Seattle and hiked Mount Si – my very first mountain!

Mount Si

Si was literally one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been BUT I nearly died during the four mile climb that quickly scales to an elevation of 3,500 feet (that’s over 800 feet per mile).

Does dying sound a little dramatic? Maybe, but it DID feel that way at some points! I may or may not have told Adam several times that I was about to black out.

Okay, I’m pretty dramatic.

View from Mount Si

I know for many trail/mountain runners that elevation probably sounds pretty tame, but for a Florida girl like me it was a TOTALLY crazy experience! It definitely didn’t help that at the time my fitness level was 0%. Why I thought I could easily scale a mountain is beyond me.

You know when you’re really hungry and you add a crazy amount of food to your plate thinking you’re going to eat it all? And then people say, “your eyes are bigger than your stomach!”

That’s me and fitness related goals. I get easily carried away, which is why A.) It’s not that surprising that I thought I could climb a mountain easy peasy and B.) It’s not surprising that I really, honestly, 110% believe I’m going to run a 50 mile ultramarathon before I turn 30.

Even though I complain and get dramatic when things start going bad, I’ve got this little voice in my head that tells me I better not give up OR ELSE.

So, I climbed Mount Si even though I thought I was dying and I’ll probably run that 50-miler even though I’ll feel like I’m dying.

With that said, I am determined to be much more prepared when I meet my next mountain in 2014!

What’s your best mountain climbing tip?

Which mountain should Adam and I plan to climb next year? 

(remember: we’re beginners!)

Do you ever get carried away with your goal setting?



  1. October 7, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Hiking up a mountain can be totally intimidating if you aren’t used to it. I mean, it seems like it should be like walking but the elevation gain is intense. I would say you need to come to Colorado and enjoy the hikes here, but doing it all at a higher elevation anyway might be intense. I think you should go to Maine! I used to live in Bar Harbor on Mt Desert Island near Acadia National Park and the mountains there are fantastic with view of the ocean and at a lower elevation. If you want real mountains, though, the Rockies are where it is at!

    • October 8, 2013 / 3:45 am

      I’m a big fan of Tony Krupicka and reading his blog has me dying to try one of the paths up Green! We haven’t been looking at Acadia, but I’m researching it now and it seems like it would fit our abilities. I’m really, really interested in Colorado though…!

  2. October 7, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    I’ve climbed a few mountains in my time. I loved climbing Mt. Saint Victoire in Aix en Province, France and Croagh Patrick in Ireland. It was raining ice on us when we climbed Croagh Patrick and I gave up for fear of falling to my death…but it was really cool to see the sheep on the mountain, and the view was astounding. Mt. Saint Victoire was gorgeous and afforded such a beautiful view of Aix. I also climbed Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, which was really scary because of how steep it is!

    I love mountain/rock climbing :o)

    • October 8, 2013 / 3:55 am

      WOW I’m so jealous! Mountain climbing in France and Ireland sounds like the coolest thing ever. I need up up my vacation game!

  3. October 8, 2013 / 10:02 am

    Such pretty scenery! I love going for hikes (especially during the fall because of all the foliage) and we’re lucky to have some great spots less than an hour away 🙂