Test Hike #3: Not Really a Test Hike
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 3:21 pm

I went on a 13.9 mile walk (with only a light backpack) yesterday, from the Branch Ave Metro Station to Judiciary Square. About 3/4 of the way through, the back of my knee started feeling weird, almost twinging, like it did during some of my "long walks" in 2011, and my feet hurt in a way they didn't during either of the last two hikes I did. I'm unclear exactly why this is, but it could be because of one or a combination of: long distance on concrete; rapid pace (3.7 mi/h); or no appreciable breaks (both hikes included one or two instances where I stopped for 10 minutes or more, but today's walk included very little time stopped).

While walking on the side of a road, my foot sunk into probably six inches of incredibly loose wet dirt, and had I not been wearing hiking boots, I probably would have lost that shoe. As it was, I had to shake a little dirt out of one boot, but a regular shoe would have been completely covered in dirt and would have been a hideous mess to clean out.

Normally, I'd say more experimentation is in order, but I don't really have a whole lot of time for that, and I'd rather do more hikes than more sidewalks.

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