Thursday, February 25, 2010
Toenails Are For Sissies
Image from flickr.
It's ironic that I never lost a toenail after a half marathon, but I'm probably going to lose at least 2 after one hike. I need new boots. They didn't rub any blisters except under my toenails. My feet must have swollen and my toes started striking the top of the boots and I didn't even notice because my knee was hurting. Around mile 13 the other hikers started taking my stuff to lighten my load because I was limping. It turned into a contest to see who could carry the most. The winner actually took my pack and strapped it to his, carrying 2 packs the last six miles. I expected people to be saying, "Don't invite her again." Instead, I've gotten emails asking if my knee was better and hoping I'd make another hike soon. I did have a lot of fun, despite limping the last 3 hours.
One hiker sent this to everyone (I changed the other's names to initials):
The results from the "Quien es mas macho(a)?" contest from the 2/20-21 Lone Star backpacking trip are now in. Apparentely there is a three-way tie between WB. ("El Burro" aka "I'm tired of being Mr. Donkey" aka "The crazy backpackin Cajun"), GS.("I can carry what-ever-the-F you strap to my back, regardless of how it is attached"- sorry G, you missed out on the "mr Donkey" story) and most importantly Jennifer D. ("The Pain blocker" -- who hiked 20 miles with severe patellar tendonitis). You guys and gal carry the torch. Runners up were C ("Bloody Toes" aka "pyro"), K ("Forgot my Boots") and K2 ("The Water Carrier"). Fyi, these results were a very close call.
It was only severe the last 7 miles. I'll post the entire story soon. I spent the last 4 days on the couch. I limped in to school today because I had a Humanities test. I just realized I missed a Spanish test and don't think I'll get a makeup. If I do get one but have to take it tomorrow, I'm not prepared. I'm wondering if I make A's on all the other tests I can still pass? Maybe I'll hang in until the next test and decide if I need to drop. I'll talk to my professor tomorrow.
I'll heal soon. I'll get new shoes, hiking poles, tape for my knees, and try again.