I was supposed to meet with a client this morning but he canceled on me so I decided to take the opportunity to take another practice hike. This time, four miles at the Greenway here in Clarksville. I grabbed my pack and headed out in this cold weather. It was a whopping 28 degrees this morning. The wind made it a little bit more chilly. I popped on a podcast and slung the 40 lb. on my back and started walking.
I walked 2 miles in 45 minutes at about 2-3 mph. I walked a little faster probably due to the fact I was listening to a podcast and not paying attention to my surroundings nor was I listening to my body. When I got to the two-mile marker. I sat my pack down and took about a 7 minute break. I drank some water and listened to the birds. I decided I would put my phone up and not listen to any radio or podcast on the way back to get an idea of the solitude, quietness, and the way I process the hike without anything distorting my thoughts.
Walking alone can be a little more dreary because I’m paying more attention to details of my body simply because my body is more noticeable than what it would be if I weren’t paying it any attention. Which is a good thing and a bad thing. It keeps me in check to my body but… I hate hearing about it.
I wasn’t paying it much attention on the first two miles but on the way back I noticed my left knee beginning to hurt. I think it was more of muscle soreness that my knee. Also my left calf became sore as well. I also saw a dirt path leading up one of the hills so I decided to take that way just to get a feel of rigged terrain rather than the paved path. It definitely made my legs cry but it wasn’t too bad going up. I did however realize that after I started walking on flat surface after the climb that I began to feel a little dizzy. Over exertion may have caused vertigo to start-up. It didn’t last long but definitely made me aware that I can’t do too much or I might have a bout with vertigo on the trail.
By the time I finished my shoulders were very tired. I stopped a few times and bent my back a little for relief. My feet became sore and when I got home I realized that just that little walk began to cause a blister on the bottom of my foot. My legs are most definitely tired. I do think when I’m on the trial it will be a slower walk and nicer hike. Plus when Carrie and I go, there will be much to talk about so to keep my mind off the aches and pains. I realize in less than 5 years I’ll be 40 years old. Reality bites!