Slept well after a long soak and food, and this morning I am feeling cautiously optimistic. I have some concerns about my left shin. My forefoot blister looks worse but it doesn’t bother me now. It is healing and turning more to a blood blister/hematoma at base of toes. This might be why my left shin has developed the really bad shin splints. I think I may have been shifting weight to compensate. Fortunately, the shin splints are only on the left leg.
Dr. Monica, 5:00am Day 7 –May 15
I think the problem yesterday was that I was on a bike trail where I could not easily meet up with Bill for breaks in the RV. I had gotten into such a great rhythm the previous days of stopping every 3 miles to powder down my feet, change socks, put my legs up, eat and re-hydrate with Gatorade. Yesterday I was on the road for 9 miles without any of that: I believe the frustration and eagerness to make up the lost time just led to a cascade of cramping and exhaustion.
The expectations for today: after some advice from a friend who is a long-distance running coach in Thailand, I will be I will be taking teeny tiny baby steps…. “Ultrarunners have some slogans: “Start slow then taper off” and “relentless forward progress, one foot at time” –Karl Kunz
Today the overall mileage on the map is much shorter, but my pace will be SLOW AND STEADY –reminiscent of Captain Tom – I just wish I had his walker for support – by the end of today I might need to buy one!
Dr. Monica 6am Day 7 May 15
Here is the map route plan for today. Hopefully with lots of breaks and no major changes!!
Well you can’t keep her down for long! Pretty much right after I posted the photo of her lying down with ice packs, she was already up again — taping her shins and ready to take on the last leg of today’s revised itinerary: Camp Pendleton Main Gate to Carlsbad: the last 4.5 miles of the day!
Here she is — slowly but VERY determined to get to Carlsbad!
In her own words:
See the map below for how this difficult day actually progressed. I definitely got quite a lot of mileage walked — just not all in a continuous line!! I am SO GLAD to have Bill close by for situations like today! Things could have ended in disaster without this incredible man watching out for me!
Monica, May 14th
Photos from the road before: Camp Pendleton Main Gate to Oceanside:
Another hotel with bath tonight and tomorrow we head to San Marcos!! Thanks to all of you for your healing thoughts and prayers! And to everyone who has made a donation today!
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7:50 am Fitbit says I’ve gone about 4.5 miles so far.
After walking about 5.5 miles: Oooops trail closed ?? Someone rolled the orange fencing back, does that mean it’s OK??
Message from Bill:
Rather than risk running into a live fire exercise on Pendleton, Monica turned around & is walking back to the Ranger station where I dropped her off. I’ll pick her up & drive her to the Las Pulgas gate. (She will still have put in her 10+ miles, just not completely in one direction! )
The ranger we spoke to at the trail head said that the trail will take you all the way to San Diego… He may not have been aware that the trail halfway to Las Pulgas Gate was closed and/or failed to mention that getting there would involve trespassing on government property!
9:45am 8 miles Monica just texted and sent this video:
The path here is certainly worth walking twice, especially on such a gorgeous day, but I am a bit disappointed. Also I’m just hurting a bit more today with the shin splints- would’ve met up with Bill at least once by now to drink Gatorade and rub down with my magic muscle spasm potion. I have food and water- that’s not an issue. Just the other “luxuries” I’m missing right now!
10:07 am “Just made it back to where Bill dropped me off.! He is not here yet but I have a place to sit in the shade!”
Route today: San Onofre via Camp Pendleton to Oceanside. Fortunately, Bill served over 20 years in the Army National Guard and has been able to get approval for me to cross the base but I need to go through the Las Pulgas Gate with him to verify ID etc. Once on the base, I will follow the bike route.