Putting My Best Foot Forward
The AT has already humbled me, and I haven’t even started.
It’s been a minute since my last post, to be honest, I’ve been in panic mode over an old foot injury.
It began with my shakedown hike through The Whites a few months ago. I started hiking with high spirits, my gear in order, and my old dog Gracie Lou by my side.
Then, six miles in and halfway up a mountain, the universe decided to remind me that I’m not indestructible. I felt a sharp pain in my right foot, a familiar pain, distinctly reminiscent of mile 10 in a previous half marathon I ran. I clearly remember my foot breaking…but I kept running…then didn’t go to the doctor afterwards. We’ll chalk this up to a rookie move.
So halfway up the mounting and instantly in agonizing pain, I begrudgingly turned around, took off my boots, put on my Chacos, and walked back down – all the while stringing together the most eloquent rant of profanity that has ever been created.
I quit my job.
Sold almost everything I own.
And I can’t even make it 6 miles.
I felt defeated, but by the time I reached the bottom, my foot no longer hurt. That debilitating pain seemed to be completely contingent on my shoe choice. For a moment, my screams of profanity turned to joyous cheers for Chacos and whatever beautiful angels create them.
When I came back to Texas, I went in preparation mode. I made an appointment at the podiatrist and started looking at alternative footwear.
Fast forward two months later and I’m on the right track to the trek. (Yeah, that was a pun) I’ve got anti-inflammatory pills for the hike, I’ve been doing physical therapy every day, and training with my new ortho insoles in TRAIL RUNNERS. No more boots for this NOBO. I’m now back to worrying about which pasta side I should eat vs if my foot is going to fall off before I even leave Georgia.
Take care of your feet ladies and gents. For that matter, take care of your entire body and mind. That’s what it’s all about.
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