Mom Hikes Up a Mountain

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Hey guys!  I’m leaving for a fun run along the beach, but I wanted to share with you a "race recap" from my MOM!  Last week, she hiked up a 6,500 foot mountain with a group of friends.


A few months ago, my mom never, ever worked out  But, she decided to start walking around her hilly neighborhood in the morning.  Mom was SO surprised how quickly she graduated to light jogging intervals and worked her way up to 1.5 miles.  She’s living proof that anyone can turn their fitness around, no matter what their age!


Here’s her recap!


Mom said: "Mount Laconte in Tennessee is  6593 feet and rated as strenuous on the hiker’s difficulty scale.  It took 5+ hours to get to the top! 

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The trail is uneven, rocky, wet, uneven and often close to the edge.  My hiking group included some experienced hikers and newbies like myself.  Here’s our group (I’m in the red hat on the right):

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As we moved up the mountain, the mist grew deeper and we loved being in the quiet and surrounded by the mist.  

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We saw several deer, and we had been told to be careful since there had been a lot of bear activity this year.  Sure enough, a couple people did see a black bear walking around!


It is normal for it to rain on hikers and it did rain during our climb.  The temp went down into the 40s at night.  We stayed in a cabin at the top of the mountain, but there was no heat, showers, or electricity – just Mother Nature. 

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As far as my gear goes, I invested in a quality pair of hiking boots and made sure they were waterproof.  I wore Caitlin’s athletics pants from high school and carried my $9 kids backpack from WalMart! This is the first time I ever carried weight on my back and hiked – that increased the difficulty level a bit also.  I would recommend that people ensure their packs fit well and that they have support belts which allow the pelvic bones to support some of the packs weight.  Also, be careful about the shoulder straps because they can create blisters!  


Going down the mountain the next morning was a lot easier.  :)  But I’m not even sore and I feel so accomplished!

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I really, really can’t believe I did it.   It is amazing what our bodies can do if we just start exercising for 30 minutes or so a few times a week.  A little bit of exercise — and determination — goes a long, long way!



  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) September 13, 2009, 4:50 am

    Way to go Mom! She is a great testimony to everyone out there that they can do it! No matter what kind of encouragement I give my parents, they just won't do anything like this. Like Dara Torres's book title "Age is just a Number."

  • VeggieGirl September 13, 2009, 5:43 am

    INCREDIBLE feat!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 13, 2009, 5:51 am

    Yay, MOM!!!! She should be very proud!!

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) September 13, 2009, 5:59 am

    What an accomplishment! Congrats to your mom!

  • Lexie September 13, 2009, 6:05 am

    Wow! That is so awesome! Your mom sounds so cute and happy 🙂

  • Leianna September 13, 2009, 6:16 am

    WoW, congrats to your mom, so awesome to see other family members getting exercised involved when we do!

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey September 13, 2009, 6:18 am

    I'm so proud of you, mom! What an awesome accomplishment and adventure…can't wait to see what you get into next!

  • Lizzy September 13, 2009, 6:30 am

    awww way to go mom! seriously thats amazing

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 13, 2009, 6:38 am

    Way to go Joy!! I'd love to be able to hike up the mountains in TN. You should be very proud of yourself 🙂

  • K from ksgoodeats September 13, 2009, 6:39 am

    Oh wow! How inspiring!! Congrats to her 🙂

  • NYgirl@heart September 13, 2009, 6:42 am

    That is so awesome! Go Mom!!!

  • Nicole ( September 13, 2009, 6:55 am

    Wow! That's so awesome. It looks like quite the adventure!

  • Chris September 13, 2009, 6:57 am

    Congratulations to your Mom! I use a rucksack to increase the intensity of every walk or hike I take – but I've never managed 5 hours straight up – what an achievement! Regardless of age, not many people would do that much!

  • Niki September 13, 2009, 7:03 am

    Awesome!! Congrats to your mom for completing such a great accomplishment. I'd like to see more guest posts from her in the future. 🙂

  • platipus329 September 13, 2009, 7:10 am

    That's so awesome! I think people get scared from becoming a regular exerciser because they think they waited too long but your mom shows them just how wrong that line of though it

  • Korrie September 13, 2009, 7:12 am

    Wow! Thanks to your mom for contributing such an inspirational post! My mom over the past 6 months started walking for 30 minutes a day and has had GREAT results. It has boosted her confidence and she loves the way she feels! Yay for inspirational mommies! =)

  • spunkysuzi September 13, 2009, 7:14 am

    Beautiful pictures! Your mom is awesome 🙂

  • cookinfanatic September 13, 2009, 7:22 am

    Wow! What an exciting & incredible adventure – and not to mention the gorgeous scenery. Go Mom!

  • Mrs. LC September 13, 2009, 7:39 am

    MommaHTP you are AWESOME!!!

  • Susan September 13, 2009, 7:54 am

    do you use the garmin foot pod with your forerunner? I'm thinking of getting a forerunner and i'm just making sure how accurate it tracks your run. Thanks!

  • Mackenzie September 13, 2009, 8:25 am

    Great post! Thanks to Caitlin's mom for sharing.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 13, 2009, 8:31 am

    Wow, looks like you had a great time……….I love HIKING! I am from Colorado (born and raised), miss the mtns so much. =( Laura

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 13, 2009, 8:53 am

    mom says thanks for the kudos!!

    susan – no i dont. i have compared the garmin to google earth and mileage in the car, and its extermely accurate.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 13, 2009, 8:58 am

    Wow incredible! My dad and grandparents are super active and it makes me so proud

  • Liz September 13, 2009, 9:27 am

    Your mom is awesome! So inspirational for people of any age!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 13, 2009, 9:37 am

    Wow – A BIG Congratulations to Caitlin's Mom!!!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 13, 2009, 9:39 am

    Congrats to your Mom, that is awesome.

  • Adriane September 13, 2009, 10:07 am

    Awesome job MOM! You are an inspiration!

  • Lauren September 13, 2009, 10:44 am

    What a coincidence, I just hiked Mount LeConte a few weeks ago! It was BEAUTIFUL. Very tough but very much worth it.

  • Taylor September 13, 2009, 10:47 am

    That's awesome. Congrats to mommy HTP!!

  • Happy Feet 26.2 September 13, 2009, 11:37 am

    Ok Moma HTP – it's awesome first of all, that you can wear Caitlin's high school pants. That is a great achievement to begin with, but then the hike too. Way to go!

  • Pam (Highway to Health) September 13, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Yay for your mom! That is awesome!

  • Meg C. September 13, 2009, 8:34 pm

    how awesome for your moms! what a cool accomplishment.

  • Samantha September 15, 2009, 6:39 am

    Mnt LeConte is an amazing experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone that loves hiking and nature!! I did it for the first time with my mom in 2005! AMAZING!!! My mom is my inspiration-she is the reason I run!

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