Yep, battling some slightly sore knees as I sit at the computer tonight. I had a good hike at Torrey Pines yesterday and hit the treadmill for a five mile mix of running and walking on an incline today. Now it's ice time. I'm not too worried, though, because I remember feeling a little achy when I stepped up my training at the one month mark last year. Also, my new shoes should arrive this week and, even if it's only a placebo affect, I know my joints will feel some relief as soon as I start breaking those puppies in.
The skies finally cleared and made for some great walking weather this weekend. In fact, if we get three days like yesterday come November 19th, we'll have reason to celebrate. I remember, years ago, when the walk was held closer to the beginning of October. We usually had beautiful, sunny days but we also had to contend with some heat - and that can really take a toll. I've also walked in the rain a few times - nothing much more that some light sprinkles - but that can pose some issues too. Wet feet love to blister!
That brings me to my annual reminder about the importance of keeping your feet dry during this 60 mile journey. There are all kinds of tricks for this - from blasting your feet with antiperspirant or powder to special socks. Different things work for different people but one approach that everyone has given the thumbs ups is carrying an extra pair of socks. When you sit down on a nice patch of grass to eat your lunch at the half-way mark of each day - nothing feels better than taking your shoes off, letting your feet and shoes catch a good breeze, then putting on a fresh, clean, dry pair of socks before you set off again. 3 Day Heaven!!
This year I welcome stories and suggestions from other experienced walkers. What has worked for you in the past and what would your recommend against? Please feel free to leave your comments and ideas below. I think it's incredibly valuable for first time walkers to hear from those who have made this trek before. There's always a great sense of support and friendship during this amazing event - why not start it now? And if you have any questions - please post those on this blog page as well and I will try to answer them in my next entry. One month to go - let's make the most of it!