Hike Distance: 6.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 21.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 640 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 2213 feet
Yet another wonderful hike at Whipple Creek Park! I’ll be staying close to home, because of my back issues, and this area offers elevation gain as well as distance. Being a Saturday, my wife and I would normally take a longer drive to a new hike. Unfortunately, she is busy visiting her father, for possibly the last time. 😦 She’ll be home tomorrow so hopefully we can get back to a more normal routine next weekend?
Plenty of hikers, and people on horseback, were on the trail system today. Thankfully, they were spaced out so that it didn’t feel too crowded. The people were very nice and we exchanged niceties.
I started getting twinges in my SI joint within about one mile of the trailhead. I started wondering if this was going to turn into significant pain. Rather than sulk I decided to analyze my walking dynamics. I started to realize that my right leg had a smooth motion through the entire step but that my left leg never went back very far. I also noticed that I never used my left foot to push away but instead just pulled it forward.
I started trying to emulate my right foot motion with my left foot. The difference in my pain was huge! I no longer had any twinges in my SI joint, and my overall back pain was also reduced. I’m not sure if my walking motion was the change I need to help heal my back but I’ll be seeing the physical therapist in two days. The physical therapist will definitely be getting a huge report from me, and I hope the road to recovery can start soon.
I hiked my typical counter-clockwise loop. It was a mostly cloudy day but the sun came out at the end of the hike. This hike gave me some hope that my back could get back to some normalcy! Definitely worth getting out to Whipple Creek Park. 🙂