Vanessa Friedman’s essay “Why I Got Off the Pacific Crest Trail Instead of Walking All the Way to Canada” dives into the challenges she faced as a self-described “fat slow lesbian” on the PCT. The trail hiking community, celebrated by many as welcoming and a “second family” was less welcoming and more passive aggressive towards someone they felt was an outsider. It’s a long read, but absolutely worth your time.
The road to wellness is paved with good dietary intentions. We ate too much for whatever reason – holidays, stress, just the joy of it being Tuesday – and we vow to “clean up” our diet. This takes different forms for different people, whether it’s an attempt to cut out all soda that cratered at the first office party, or the Whole 30 that ended up being a Whole 3.
Poor technique, muscle imbalances, and a limited range of joint motion are all factors which can make you more susceptible to injury when exercising. These three routines are great for strengthening and stretching your muscles to keep you injury free through all your training.