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Hiking Notes: Dealing with the Aches and Pains

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Sometimes I really get into it and really push myself when it comes to working out and exercising. It’s important to know when to back off and rest, letting the body heal itself. Because that’s what’s happening when we push ourselves to the maximum. It’s important to avoid injuries that will set you back weeks, perhaps months, in regards to one’s training.


With regards to hiking, I tend to go out there and push myself hard. I’m feeling the aches in my calf muscles and the soreness in my knees, but when is it a good time to back off and rest?

The ideal scenario (and this dates back to my running days) is to keep an accurate log or journal, so that you can see exactly how you are training each day, each week, each month.

Most definitely, if you are feeling sharp pains in any of your joints, tendons or muscles, you’re going to want to see you doctor immediately.

But, there is the usual soreness and the aches from a good workout. And typically, you’ll want to follow it up with an easy workout the next day, or just go ahead and take a rest day. It’s important to listen to you body when it’s telling you it’s had enough. Rest, already!

Then there are the foot aches and pains. I usually can tell if I have gotten the wrong pair of running or cross-training shoes because immediately they don’t provide the cushioning effect from all the pounding your body is taking. And typically, I take out the insole padding and get something better for whatever type of workouts you’re going to do. The insole padding your shoes typically come with aren’t that great, so you definitely need to buy some better ones. Go to your local running store, or even a Walmart or a Target and at least get a Dr. Scholls insole pads. Your feet will love you for it, and also your calf muscles, your shins, your knees, etc.

For hiking, trekking poles are great for taking the weight and pressure off of your feet. I don’t currently own a pair of trekking poles, but I intend to buy some eventually, especially now that I’m day hiking quite a bit lately, and plan to backpack in the near future.


I do have a fear of getting injured. As a working drummer/musician I worry that if I get injured I won’t be able to play, and I won’t be able to earn money playing. So, I have to constantly assess if I feel I’m doing the right amount of training through hiking, running, walking or whatever workouts I’m doing to stay in shape and stay healthy.

In recently days I’ve been tapering off my distances, to 3-4 miles a day. I would like to do much more like 10 miles a day. And one day earlier in the month I did do an 11 mile hike. If I just try to stay true to the hard and easy system I should be fine, and also listening to my body.

I also have to be aware that I’m drumming up to 4 hours at a time, and all the work involved in loading in, setting up, and loading out the drums is all physical work that has to be accounted for. I’m just trying to management my workouts the best I can, and I should study my posts on previous workouts to learn from them.

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Randomguru is a musician and blogger living in San Diego.


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