May 29/30, 2017
So far the walk has gone as smoothly as can be expected, but I am amazed how quickly these past few days have changed. The stories and experiences are just starting to be uncovered with every corner I turn, and every person I meet along the way. Unfortunately, I must now stop temporarily to deal with the smallest muscle/tendon issue, an anterior shin splint — I think. I will soon get back into walking shape again.
Although I know this is a common issue among runners, however, this was never an issue for me in the past while running, hiking, or scrambling. After some reflection, I am certain it has to do with the wearing of Crocs on the road until my trail runners were dry. This was a mistake that I must now pay for with time.
Thankfully I have caught this issue early, and I am hopeful the prognosis will be favorable. If I stubbornly continued to walk, this whole incident would haunt me for months, or worse, potentially take me off the trail for a considerable amount of time. I am trying to stay positive, and will view this as a learning experience. It was a tough decisions to make, and even harder to digest because this was due to a poor decision on my part.
As with all other injuries and difficulties that have been thrown at me in the past, I will address this immediately, and find a solution that will get me back to walking strong again.