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My feet are like a St. Bernard's paws: growing huge
As I was on my walk today, I realized that my toes were feeling a little crunched- and I have to admit, it was a strange feeling because my feet haven't grown since I was in the eighth grade, so it's been a while since I've manipulated my feet into sneakers that feel, after a surprisingly small number of steps, like a pair of narrow-toes stilettos. I'm glad my feet have started to expand a little through my training, though; I was worried that I would get on the trail without any knowledge of how my feet would handle the transition from walking down the driveway to get the mail to walking twenty miles a day. From what I've heard about feet & hiking, apparently the combination of heat and pressure day after day can sometimes cause the feet to swell. Who knew? With the combination of large feet and the lack of shaving that occurs on the trail, I'm surprised non-hikers in town don't mistake thrus for overgrown hobbits rather than homeless people. I assume this early swelling indicates one of two things: either my feet are prone to swelling and will continue to grow while I'm hiking or my feet are getting all this swelling done early and will be prepped and ready to go when I start hiking. I'm hoping for the latter.
I'm going to keep using my Saucony runners. They're comfortable on my feet, even for longer hikes, and I think the shoe's comfort is more important than specifically being a trail shoe. They're also lightweight, and they have mesh practically everywhere on their tops, so they'll dry out easily. However, with this new development of my feet reverting to their middle-school "always growing" state, I'm off to the shoe store to get a pair in the next size up.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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