Ice Breaker – Take A Hike

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Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

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Tonight, we are dropping off my son with a bunch of other Boy Scouts, and we won’t see him for two weeks.  He flies into Denver tomorrow where he will get used to the altitude by going white water rafting and visiting a few other spots.  Then he will be heading to Philmont, the largest scout reservation in the world, where he will be hiking ~80 miles over the course of ten days with other boys from his crew.  From what we have heard, this will be a life changing experience for him.  This week’s Ice Breaker is inspired by my son’s upcoming adventure.

Question:  What is the longest distance you have ever walked or run?

My Answer:  I’ve run three marathons, and all three included a little bit of walking to go with lots of running.  A marathon is 26.2 miles.  This is probably the longest I have gone on foot in one shot.  If you add up miles over a few days, I think I did 35-45 miles on the Appalachian Trail over the course of three days when I was in high school.

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