I guess the other thing I’ve been thinking on the trail and that I haven’t talked enough about is the pain. The PCT has introduced a whole new world of pain.

For instance, on a scale of 1-10 (1 is good, 10 hurts), I think what used to be 6 or 7 is now a 4.

Most days I start out feeling OK, and at some point the pain starts. Often in the morning, like 8. And I say to whatever is hurting, “You can go ahead and hurt, but we’re still walking for 10 more hours.” I just “walk it off”.

And after 900 miles I know some of my pains very well. The heel pain I’be been having for 700 miles? Yeah, whatever. Hasn’t stopped me yet, ignore it. It’s the new pains that get my attention, and I seem to get those pretty regularly. So far I just walk them off, maybe go real slow for a few minutes.

Sometimes out of nowhere something (foot, heel, knee, hip) starts hurting REALLY badly. It brings me to a full stop and it seems that I cannot go on. I ponder my options for a moment and decide I must keep moving, no matter how slow. And then, within 5 or 10 minutes the pain totally goes away. What the hell was that all about?

And of course, the night pains. It’s crazy how much it can hurt when you’re done, just laying there in your bag! There’s no way to lie for more than a few minutes that doesn’t hurt. Tossing and turning trying to get comfortable.

Well, I didn’t/don’t want it to be easy. How’s it go? “if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger.” Yeah, that.

5 thoughts on “Pain

  1. Hey Adam, If you’re still in Mammoth, you might try Superfeet insoles to help with the heel pain. They have a very good heel cup that helps cradle the heel to spread the pressure out; the hard plastic at the heel on these insoles also protect the feet better from stone bruises. They’d have them @ Kitteridge Sports, near the Post Office in Mammoth. The green ones are what you want. They really help when wearing superlight footwear. Also, Wigwam Ultimax socks are THE BEST. You’re now in my favorite part of the Sierra-from Kearsarge/Glen passes to Donahue pass. Happy trails.


  2. Travelers deserve to have their feet washed

    Incense, water to drink, and a warm bathing pool

    Travelers deserve fresh fruit and dates and crepes,

    Travelers need time to unwind and a slower pace

    And if one travels on foot, one deserves light and beauty and the sound of a clear bell

    If one travels by foot 900 miles one deserves praise and a round of heads and glasses

    Held high!!!


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