North Scottsdale Hiking, My Story

North Scottsdale Homes for SaleNorth Scottsdale Homes for Sale – attracts people from all over the country and world due to its diverse offering of activities, such as world class golf, hiking, biking, shopping, etc. Today, I am going to talk about one of my favorite North Scottsdale Homes for sale activities, hiking. North Scottsdale is full of trails up and down the McDowell Mountain Range that are free and open to the public. The two trailheads I spend the most of my time currently are Pinnacle Peak and Gateway.

I have hiked Pinnacle Peak, Camelback and the Go John trail in North Phoenix Homes for Sale , many times prior to the summer of 2011. I made a commitment to myself that this summer would be different than just casual infrequent hikes now and then.

I wanted to establish a regime or schedule that could get me into a healthier lifestyle. Yep, I needed to get in better shape and thought no better way than enjoy the North Scottsdale Homes for Sale scenic outdoors, than one step at a time.

I decided one Tuesday in late May that I would get up every morning, an hour and half earlier than normal and go hike pinnacle peak. I did it the first Wednesday and walked most of the way, about to the 1 ¼ mile marker and walked back. I did not go down the backside of Pinnacle Peak Homes for Sale because it was too steep and I was way out of shape and I knew that my goal was to get there but the first day I just felt pretty crappy. The weird thing was that when I was done, I was excited to be done and that the first time was in the books.

DC Ranch hiking gateway

The next day, my wife woke me up at 5:30am. I am not an early riser and I do not prefer to wake up this early but my get out of exercise excuse when I woke up at 7:00a was: I had to get to work. I would then skip exercise go to work and stay out of shape. Once Lynn (what a great wife) gets me up each morning, I am up, make the coffee and watch 20-30 minutes of CNBC then off to Pinnacle peak. I did it 3 times the first week including Saturday; I went all the way to the end. I remember thinking to myself, it is just walking up a steep incline, walking is not too bad. The worse thing that could happen is that I walk slower, if I need be. I made it that day and everyday since. The first time it took me about 75 minutes to go the 3 1/2 miles or so.

Each day, I felt stronger and better. I even started to run in different parts down hill and now even up hill. I take off 1 day a week. In July, I went 26 out of 31 days and now look forward to it, weird. I now finish the hike in less than 60 minutes each time with my best time coming in under 55 minutes. On weekends, when I have more time, I sometimes do it a second time, building up to it of course. All of a sudden, I am a hiker. I love the time to sort things out in my head. The weird thing is I am too tired to stay up late and eat potato chips. I desire less bad food because I am working too hard to lose it. Now I working on hiking up to Tom Thumb’s which is east of DC Ranch Homes for Sale and Silverleaf Real Estate.


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