aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

First Conditioner Hike

I haven't done any serious hiking for 9 months. I do a 1-mile perambulation of my neighborhood a couple times a week, but that's not hiking. Being bound for Philmont in six months, I've got to recover my strength and stamina, as well as lose some pounds. So I took advantage of a bright winter day to do a 5-mile hike today.

I walked from my home to Leonard Springs Nature Preserve, down to the wetlands and back up to the road, and then home. My time for those 5 miles was 1 hour 52 minutes, or just a sneeze better than 2.5 mph over the course. My left knee started to twinge as I started the last mile; probably should have worn my knee braces.

I need to hike regularly until I can knock out ten-milers without wearing myself out. Then, I'll need to strap the backpack on and start carrying some weight. The upshot is, I really need to do some significant walking every week. I could use a hiking buddy.

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