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6.18 Miles

I got my exercise today by hiking a total of 6.18 miles looking for geocaches. I found 5, then later drove to a sixth one that was a park-n-grab. The trail where I looked for the caches this afternoon was a beautiful trail, probably one of the nicer ones in Greensboro. It was lots of fun and good to see that I could do a six mile hike without much difficulty. I had plenty of water with me, but I didn't bring any snacks to eat. Next time, I'll need to bring something -- that was my downfall. By the time I got back to the trailhead, I was ready to go home. As soon as I got home and ate a little, I realized I could have kept going for another six.

I think I'm in the market for some new hiking boots, though. Since my old pair fell apart, I've been using sneakers. I don't think I'm getting enough ankle support from them, though. I also think my right foot is crooked. The ankle is pretty weak and was starting to complain by the end of the hike. The outside ball of my right foot doesn't feel like it hits the ground flat -- it feels like it's rolled inward some. *shrug* Maybe some good hiking boots would help that, maybe I should look at getting some sort of specialized shoe insert to help straighten things out, but I'd probably have to visit a foot doctor to figure something like that out.

I also think I'm in the market for a better backpack solution. I've been using a backpack that I picked up at a trade show a few years ago. It's great for toting around books and notebooks, but it's kinda awkward for toting around the stuff I take geocaching with me -- 6-8 quards of water, a camera, extra batteries, assorted trade items. I've seen some of those packs that have a single strap and think that something like that might be worth looking into. Or, at least a daypack that's designed for outdoor use instead of use at a convention.

Finally, I think I'm going to pull out my out my outdoor vest for when I go geocaching. I got it years ago, and it's great -- lots of pockets, lightweight, comfortable. I can probably clip my GPSr to one of the clips on the pockets, too. Caching with that vest will help with the backpack issue, too -- I can use the pockets to carry trade items, travel bugs, a small notebook, etc. I might even be able to carry some bottles of water in those pockets, too.

It was a great day for caching. It was cool and overcast. Lots of fun. And I'm glad to have cleared out another trail around Lake Brandt. One of these days, I'll clear out Bur-Mill park. That will be a bit of an accomplishment.


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Aug. 13th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
You may do/know this already...
I used to have problems hiking even with great boots. When I mentioned it to my Dad, he gave me some advice he got from his DI while at boot camp:

- On flat ground keep both feet parallel and straight ahead.
- As ground rises or falls point your feet outward, shorten your stride and pick up your pace i.e. if you half your stride ~double your pace. (When I started doing this I didn't tire as quickly as I used to.)
- Regardless if some or all this may be natural to you, you must always be mindful of how & where you set down your feet.

It took me a few tries but eventually I stopped having very sore and damaged feet. I still got blisters once in awhile but that's easily remedied. Definitely visit a podiatrist if it keeps up or gets worse - who likes pain?
Aug. 13th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
Re: You may do/know this already...
I hadn't heard those tips before -- I'll have to try them. Thanks. I'm really trying to avoid a trip to the podiatrist if I can help it, especially since I'm sure the first thing a doctor will tell me is to lose at least fifty pounds, which is one of the reasons I'm trying to exercise more.
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