Never once in my life would I have thought that I would have this experience. But, indeed, it happened to me anyway! For too long, I have been working way too hard at a boring office job that I never liked. With the ridiculous hours that I have put in in the past, it is a miracle that I managed to get any kind of exercise at all. There is no doubt in my mind that I have paid the price from my health. These long hours are taking the life right out of me. I am currently pushing middle age… and by middle age I mean middle fourties, and I can totally feel my body becoming a bit tired now. We should all give mother nature an applause for saddling us up with these horribly fragile bodies that make us age and get sick all the time. Now in mother nature’s defense… I am a tad bit on the heavy side and that’s also a bit my fault. I try to hit the gym a few times a week, but I don’t always get enough exercise. I do not really like having to put in all that energy if you do not mind me being honest. Living in a very small city, we have only a single gym at our disposal. And it’s not exactly a large place. I also do not like the smelly odor that hangs around there.
It was not too long ago that I was looking forward to having multiple weeks off, because I had been saving up some off days. I never like to spread them across the whole year, I like to save up and have them all at once. This last summer, I had almost the whole month of August off, with all my time for myself. I needed to find something fun to do with that deluge of free time I had on my hands. A friend of mine came over for a visit. His name is Frank. And Frank is a sporty person. He has taken up hiking a few years ago. He learned all about it from http://bootbomb.com. And when we were talking, he all of a sudden invited me to go along on a hike. I was thinking to myself that this guy had lost it. I’m way too fat and out of shape. How can I possible hike? I figured he was just yanking my chain. Or that he was just making a joke or something. But I soon realized that he was pretty serious about this.
He had it in his head that he was going to drag me along on a hike and there wasn’t anything that I was going to do about it. He is a very convincing person and it did not take him a long time to convince me. I was deathly afraid that I would not be able to keep up, because I’m in much worse shape than he is. I mentioned this to Frank but he told me he doesn’t mind if we take a few more breaks than average. He doesn’t always feel like straining himself too much, anyway. That sure was a relief. It was like a big burden fell off my shoulders. So after a while, I gave him the green signal he had been wanting to hear from me all along. I was not prepared at all. Nor did I know how you are supposed to prepare for something like this. Frank knew what sort of stuff you need to take with you on such a hike, so he helped me prepare for the trip. The one thing you are going to need for sure, is a good pair of hiking boots. Other than that, you will need extra clothes. You will also need a tent and sleeping bags if you intend to sleep on the trail. And you will also want to take coffee with you, if you just so happen to have a caffeine addiction going on in your life.
Frank and I hit the web and started making a list of all the stuff we wanted to bring. We stumbled across a website call the Boot Bomb and it had a good review on all sorts of hiking boots. We have been browsing the website a bit more and the site turned out to have boat loads of useful information. I took my time to take in the whole site and I have learned much from it. The page I liked the most was the one about the hiking boots, because that is what I was about to do. The webmaster is a guy called Brian and he has much experience with hiking. He has owned many pairs of hiking boots in his life time and he knows all about it. Since I am overweight, I sometimes suffer from plantar fasciitis. And the problem with this condition is that it can get worse when you strain your feet a lot, such as what you do with hiking.
I don’t know if you have ever had to deal with this condition, but it certainly sucks pretty bad. Thankfully, there are boots available that will provide the support required in order to manage this condition. It’s quite a hassle having to deal with this. You can’t be walking around on sore feet your whole life, so you have to do something about it when you still can. You owe it to yourself to take this seriously, or you are going to have an extremely bad time. Being overweight in combination with having to stand up straight for a job I had many years ago, have caused me to develop this little medical problem. I used to help my dad out as a young boy. He would often set up a market stand and sell stuff on the market. All that standing in combination with the heavy weight that was bearing down on my tooties, has given me a mild case of plantar fasciitis over time. It is also a genetic matter. Because my father himself also suffered from this. My mom’s family does not have it, so I have my dad to thank for this. Oh well, it’s not my dad’s fault.
Luckily, my condition is manageable. And I look forward to my upcoming hike with my best friend Frank!