A week ago I was forced off the trail due to a severely sprained left ankle and swollen lower shin muscles/tendons in my right leg (likely the EDL, or tibialis interior). Taking time off the trail for a rest day isn’t going to mess up your stride too much, but after a week off my feet I’m starting to feel lethargic.
I do love being home and enjoying life’s comforts and my beau, and taking time to heal has been my #1 priority. The dreams have subsided, which I’m not sure is a good or a bad thing yet: I was dreaming of being on a trail (not necessarily the AT), and they were pretty lucid, but I did enjoy them nonetheless.
The swelling has almost gone and I can walk without pain, but my feet and knees are still stiff in the mornings or if I stand after long periods of sitting down. I’m no longer limping which is a relief, and I’m no longer popping pain pills – which is even better.
I wish I could take my better half on the trail with me, it would certainly make the decision to return to the AT much easier on both of us. I don’t want to leave (per se) again, it was hard enough the first time, yet I have a yearning to finish what I started.
On another note, I started my trip weighing in at around 235lbs (total lard arse), and I’ve been watching what I eat since coming home – today I weigh 212.8lbs – for a total weight loss of ~ 22lbs. I feel great, and I have a level of energy that I haven’t had in many, many years.
Being home has given me the chance to be back with the most important person in my life, and to share my stories and experiences with her has been a treat. My wife’s support throughout the month hiking the trail was the most helpful, and I’ve realized that she’s been my very own personal trail angel this entire time. I wouldn’t have gotten out of Davenport Gap if it weren’t for her.
Anyway, back to elevating my foot and my daily dose of HGTV.