Adele: Training for the Next Journey

Warriors to Summits alum, Adele has remained active with No Barriers, attending the Summit and representing our work in various speeches and engagements. And she hasn’t lost her love for hiking and the feeling of being in the wilderness. Thus, Adele has been training to hike the 2,200-mile trail north, starting at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and ending at Mount Katahdin, Maine this April. She hopes to raise awareness of No Barriers and money to support our programming.

In training for the Appalachian Trail, I work with a personal trainer three times a week on mostly legs and core (but he forces me to do arms too…ugghhh). I hike a couple of days a week, either by myself or with a hiking group. Also, I run a few times a week. Katahdin, my dog, hikes with me and he goes on 10-14 mile walks with me. During the summer, we spent a lot of time in MA and some time in NH hiking.

In preparation for this journey, I have learned that I am very lucky to have the support of my family and friends to ensure this trip is a success. During my fundraising, I received emails from members of my old military unit and I was amazed at their support. Some of these people, I hadn’t ever met, but they had heard about my journey and wanted to provide words of encouragement. I had left my military unit feeling like a failure, after being injured and having to leave it. But, these people reminded me of why I loved that unit so much and that I was capable of anything I put my mind into doing. I feel like I have already won an important goal, due to them.

What am I looking forward to the most? I am looking forward to seeing exactly what I am made of now. I know this trip is going to be difficult and I may want to quit at times, but I look forward to pushing myself and reminding myself why I am out there. I still have a lot of inner peace to find and I can’t think of a better place to find it, then while hiking from Georgia to Maine. Also, I am really looking forward to the interesting people I will meet along the way. Everyone is hiking for their own reasons and I can’t wait to learn about them.

Please consider supporting Adele as she hikes for No Barriers programs; you can contribute to her fundraiser here: https://www.crowdrise.com/nobarriersontheappal.