Tenderfoot in Training

31 Mar

Tenderfoot in Training

Easter Sunday brought us a real spring day in the Midwest. Sunny with enough puffy clouds to prevent the sun from becoming intense. There was a cool breeze afloat. I took this opportunity to begin training for my Dolomite hike in earnest. Too many sedentary hours took its effect on me the past few months. The weather was not conducive to hiking, besides the fact that I was recuperating from some drastic dental work and had been told to take it easy. Today I took my dog Burnie down the hill to our local greenway, Grant’s Trail which runs roughly eight miles through south county passing the famous Budweiser Clydesdale pens and the home of Ulysses S. Grant. I wanted to do a two hour hike, one hour out and one back. Completed. I wore my Lowa hiking boots, which felt great. However, I was still hiking for two hours and the tender soles of my feet began to burn. I’m sure that if I had not been wearing my woolen socks, I might have been nursing some evil blisters tonight. All is well. First two hour hike was a success. I’ll spend some time at the gym on the elliptical. Next hike we’ll be pushing three hours.





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