1.8 miles roundtrip with perhaps 30 feet of elevation gain.
One of the many great aspects of New Hampshire's White Mountains is the diversity of the trails. Most of the trails are rocks, boulders, and roots -- but there are quite a few tame and flat paths out there too. Today, I decided to take my injured gam to the Presidential Rail Trail (just west of Gorham). This trail is wide, flat, long, and never comes close to going up a mountain. Most hikers avoid it, but for me and my Iliotibial Band Syndrome, it was the perfect terrain.
|The long and unwinding Presidential Rail Trail|
Note -- I have yet to see a specialist (my first appointment is next week). In other words, I hiked today on the advice of no one. If you have ITBS, then follow your doctor's orders and don't exercise before you're sure you're ready. In other words, I took a risk today. My mind desperately needed my body to get back into the woods, though...so I feel the venture was worthwhile.
I stayed off my leg as best I could this past week, and I've been doing these excellent stretches. There has been significant improvement in day-to-day leg function. Walking these 1.8 flat miles, however, was challenging. I walked normally from Appalachia to Randolph East, but the return trip was not so easy. The pain reappeared and I had to slow my pace. When I got home, I put my leg up for a couple of hours and took some ibuprofen. My muscles now feel like I hiked ten miles instead of barely two.
I'm thrilled to have gotten out of the house and into the woods, though, and I don't mind the less-than-killer mileage. An injured gal has to start somewhere.