Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24th Mile 508

I will not complain. I will not complain. I will not complain.

Today was a much better day, mostly because the winds died down in mid morning and only did the helpful wind thing- cooling me off in the afternoon. We did another 15 mile day but I have to admit I was hurting mightily from 10 miles on. I don't know why I'm not getting stronger, in the sense of being able to longer days with more comfort. Tomorrow is a short 10 mile day but the next day needs to be a 24 mile day, walking across the Antelope Valley in one go. Mostly due to there not being water for many, many miles. At this point I don't think I can hike 24 miles on my feet. What to do...?

On the upside I passed not one, not two, but three different signs (in different places) saying I had reached the 500 mile mark. Let me see, 500 three times, hum... that must make 1,500 miles! How do you like my math?


  1. Now listen my friend. You are a Santa Cruz (ok a little inland)kid who gains no joy from heat. You've got a major growth on the ball of your foot that looks gross and feels like S _ _ _! Believe me, you ARE getting stronger and your results are Just Around The Next Bend! This too shall pass. Have you considered padding around the blister or cutting a hole in your insole so the blister doesn't get the full impact when you step? Just a thought.

  2. I will not complain. I will not complain. I will not complain. Five hundred miles in a little over a month sounds great to me. I think it took me a year to walk that far. Twenty-four miles in one day sounds tough but if anyone can do it, you can. Go get 'em, Tiger.

  3. Hmm, let's just take a look at this situation. A how many year old woman?, on trail for one month-ish and walking 500+ miles, to date, in all sorts of circumstances, including wind which is just the worst. What's a little complaining? I say you've earned as much as you'd like. Just keep in mind that complaining takes quite a bit of energy, and generally doesn't do a bit of good, in the end.

    You're AMAZING!! Just keep on keepin' on. (Cristie, again, and still anon.)