As regular readers know, I’ve been trying to extend my walking distance each week in preparation for some upcoming hiking at some National Parks along the way on my GNABRT.
This week, I was knocked off my daily schedule by significant soreness in the tendons behind my knees. This surprised me, as I have been walking for many weeks (months…years, even) without any knee pain. Sore feet, sure. Tired calves, check. Knees…no worries.
Upon reflection, I realize this must have been caused by poor form at the start of my walk. I correctly go through a series of stretching exercises before starting out each day, so that is not the issue.
However, as I recall, the day of my “injury” had filled me with even higher spirits than usual through a combination of cool weather (for me) and a pretty sky. And, a little quietness for my music.
Now, I can’t dance worth a lick, but I am most definitely influenced by the music piping through my little earphones. When I’m not distracted by too much humanity, I might even skip to a shimmy (but never a shake).
I can’t recall the combination, but I expect that whatever tune led off the walk, in partnership with those aforementioned high spirits, had me walking at a brisk pace from the get-go. Generally, if you’re going to take a long walk, you want to start out at a safe pace and then bring it up as you get loose.
Once I get my pace up, I don’t slack off, so it’s likely I simply stressed the tendons too soon and paid the price for it the next day. Granted, I could feel there was something wrong later in the walk, but I’m much too pig-headed to simply cut it short and rest (although, in my defense, my walk doesn’t create many opportunities to “cut it short” due to the path being a long circle).
On the plus side, I’ve been able to complete the entire circuit the last two days without any lingering soreness, so I guess I’ve strengthened the muscles and tendons enough that recuperation time is thankfully brief.
I just need to be careful not to overstep myself so quickly in the future.