SUMMARY: Wednesday Night at Rancho San Antonio.I have a sad litany of joints that are displeased with me. There's my crappy knee (the one that got operated on a few years back). It has been less happy with me in recent weeks--although I think gradually worse over months.
My right hip has been unhappy for well over a year (the one where the doctor thought it was the muscle and it needed rest but just kept getting worse? that one. There's a post about that somewhere... ok, here and here). That's the hip that's sometimes so painful that it wakes me up at night turning over, for example.
Then there's the OTHER hip, upon which I unceremoniously fell back in April at Haute TRACS during the last Steeplechase run. I think it's getting worse. It has now made my right hip's pains seem trivial. Sure, I've done two more agility trials since then, and a couple of nice brisk hikes with the sierra club also.
But, last Thursday in agility class, I discovered that the first couple of runs I just couldn't run, the stiffness and pain was too much. Walked and jogged a little around the field for several minutes to loosen up more, and then barely managed the rest of the class. Haven't done much since then. But have been feeling the lack of exercise, so I tried the Rancho San Antonio Hike with the Sierra Club Wednesday evening. I was chugging along with a bit of hitch in my giddyup, chatting, thinking a bit about the pains, and determined to just man up and get through it--only 2 hours, 5-6 miles and 800 feet elevation, really, a babe could do it!
I made it up the steep water tower hill, about 30-40 minutes in, but, when we continued down the other side, and I had a chance to think about how much it hurt to keep up, I realized, wow, I really shouldn't be out hiking.
The taste of failure.
I still had, of course, 40 minutes of hiking by myself back to MUTT MVR. I wasn't incapacitated, but my hip was not not not happy. My condolence was that I got to snap a few photos on my way back (the troupe goes way too fast to snap photos while we're moving).
I therefore also skipped class with the dogs last night. I still haven't called the doctor to have things checked. Blah.
But, here ya go, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in the hour before sunset--on my photo site.