Gravel Road Hike

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  1. hikerdana

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    I've discovered an old fire lane / access road / recreational trail behind the church where I drop off the boys one day during the week. I was told it was a three mile loop, but after one quick hike I estimated it would be a little bit longer, since they were not considering the distance to the pond. The first time I didn't do the whole loop due to time and the setting of the sun.

    The second week I returned with a flashlight and attempted to arrive a little earlier. After letting a friend know where I was going I decided to attempt the whole loop, barefoot of course. The first part to the pond was nice on the feet, but then it turned into a gravel road. Not 100% gravel, but lots of it scattered on the tread way. There was occasional spots which gave my feet a break, but overall, it was tenderizing my feet for most of the hike.

    I've hiked one of the larger mountains in our state last year barefoot and did well. I figured with an additional year under my feet it wouldn't be too difficult. And it probably wouldn't have been difficult if I hadn't undertaken the hike with a time limit, which was fairly reasonable, but looming over my head none the less. I had less then 1.5 hours to hike at least 3.5 miles, but in the dark with just a flashlight.

    What bothered me the most was my posture kept deteriorating. I notice I was often walking slightly bent over and I would feel like I was waddling along the trail more than I was striding down the road. My pads took several good hits on raised rocks and of course the many smaller rocks would jump under my foot no matter how hard I tried to avoid them. I often proclaimed ouch loudly and just as often softly. I was wishing for shoes by the end of the hike, but was still impressed with my feet's ability to make the almost 4 miles in under 1.25 hours. My average pace, while not great for a jogger was 20.59 minutes a mile.

    I'm still debating trying it again next week. My feet were just a little tender today and as I sit here typing I can feel the soles of my feet calling out to me to be kind to them. But I respond, What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
     
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    I like that you let someone know where you were going. More people should do that. It would avoid a lot of heartache.

    What I loved about my runs, like hikes, was each one posed different challenges that allowed me to get more in touch with the experience and more in touch with myself. Some of the most challenging runs were some of the most memorable. I sure do miss being out there.
     
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