While being on trail was difficult with all the obstacles to trip and fall over, being off trail is not easy either. I had an accident on this morning’s run. As I was running I could see Jim approaching in his truck on his way to work, as I moved to the side of the road as he got closer I stepped in a hole where the pavement had broken off and went down. It was a nasty fall! I managed to shave the skin of my left hand in two spots and scrap up my left knee pretty good. Plus Jim had to witness it. He said it was heart wrenching to see, but he picked me up and got me home.
It has been almost 10 weeks since I completed my thru hike and I have recovered well. Minus my accident this morning. My feet and knees are much better. They are not 100 percent, but they don’t cause me any pain. I am back to my regular walking and running routine.
It took me about 4 weeks to gain back the few pounds I lost on the trail. My eating habits are not as good as before the trail but I am working on getting back to my previous routine. I was gluten free by choice and am trying to get back into that and cut back on the sugar. Sugar is a huge challenge for me. I love chocolate and ice cream!
The recognition and congratulations I’ve gotten from friends and family on finishing the trail have been amazing. The link below is from a local newspaper. I was the cover story!
My Mom and Jim hosted a celebratory party for me for my Appalachian Trail thru hike completion yesterday. It was really awesome. I can’t believe how many people were there. It was pretty hard to make rounds and make sure I spoke to everyone. I’m not usually the center of attention at a party.
I’ve adjusted easily to being back in civilization and going back to work. It’s as if my hike is a very distant accomplishment in the past now. All of my gear has been cleaned and put away.
I went for my first run last week since being back. I took it very slow and just did walk/run intervals. My feet hurt some but not nearly as much as my knees. My knees really bothered me but towards the end of the run they were feeling better. On my second run my knees did much better and I will continue with my runs a few times a week to stay in shape.
I am planning another hike for next August. The Northville-Placid trail in NY. The trail should take less than 2 weeks to complete. It is less than 140 miles. I hope to have some great company on this trail, my Aunt Julie and some of the girls that hiked the AT with me.
AND… drum roll please…
Jim said he would do the Foothills trial again with me!!! Hopefully his shoulder will heal well and we can do that next spring.
I went back to work yesterday. It was like a slap in the face! 😯 I couldn’t even do my first task… Sign in to my computer. I didn’t remember my password. Then that night I am laying in bed wide awake at 1:30 in the morning thinking about work and unable to quiet my mind. How did I survive before the trail?
I went to the grocery store today. Most of you probably think it isn’t a big deal but, I drove there…in my car…that I haven’t driven in 6 months. I think it went well. My husband was in the passenger seat. He didn’t say anything but he opted to drive us home.😄