Maybe Something Is Working

Yesterday I had to cut my backpack saunter short because of a cramp in my calf. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t want to keep on going and maybe make things worse. This answers a question I’ve been pondering about whether I should take my supplements with me on a backpacking trip — both times I ended up with a bit of a problem — the calf this week and the thigh last week — came after several days of being too lazy to take a handful of pills. As silly as it is to get nutrition (and fractured nutrition at that) from various capsules and tablets, apparently, these supplements do help keep me active.

Another potential problem is that I do the backpacking practice from Friday to Sunday, and people who only exercise on weekends often end up with injuries. I figured I wouldn’t have a problem because the days I don’t hike, I take dance classes, but perhaps it’s time to change my hiking schedule. If I only saunter a couple of miles, I have no problem doing other physical things, so I am going to attempt to take shorter saunters more frequently to see if that will help build strength.

It’s one thing if I never build up enough strength to do some sort of epic hike, but it’s another thing entirely if I am prevented from even attempting the dream because of injury. (Besides, one iffy limb is enough!)

Because of the calf situation, the friend who keeps me company while I struggle with the backpack on Sundays suggested we practice tap instead. So that’s we did. And then, when I got back, I still went trudging for a couple of miles. I don’t feel as if I’m getting any stronger, and yet I can remember that just a few weeks ago such a walk carrying a weighted pack would have worn me out. So, maybe something is working?

It seems odd to me, even now that I’m focused on finishing my decade-old work in progress, I am still interested in an epic hike.

In a mythic hike.

I recently came across a really great hiking term — MYTH: Multi-Year Thru Hike. Isn’t that a cool acronym? A MYTH could be something more practical for me to work toward — doing the whole Pacific Crest Trail, but not all in one year. It sounds like it would be a lot more fun that way, especially since so many people who do the thru hike in one year (five months, actually), seem to feel lost afterward, or depressed, or suffering various ills. (Generally, those are younger folks, so I doubt I’d have the same reaction, but who knows.)

Still, a hike of any magnitude is far in the future. More immediately is my May trip. Even more immediately, as in right now, I have a literary trek to take. My characters are about to leave the oasis where they’ve been resting and are heading out across the desert. Considering how frequently bits of my novels come to life, I won’t be too hard on them lest it backfire on me.

See you on down the road.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels UnfinishedMadame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light BringerMore Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fireand Daughter Am IBertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

5 Responses to “Maybe Something Is Working”

  1. Charlotte M. Liebel Says:

    PAT ~ Wouldn’t it be great if, suddenly, your Sunday companion decides to go on your long trek! My two-bits. Regarding vitamins and proteins, and skipping. My supplement even with vitamins is MUSCLE protein brand or another brand taken with morning coffee. Trader Joe’s and CVS have my favorites. This does work for me especially as I need the boost in case of skipping and/or little breakfast. Take any suggestions made with a grain of salt, of course. Best thoughts of you for your bravery.
    Charlotte M. Liebel

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      No, my Sunday companion won’t go with me. She hates hiking and backpacking and camping. I’ll check out Muscle protein brand. At the moment, I’m using a no-brand item that I can mix with juice or whatever to give it some flavor. I’m also considering All-One with vitamins and minerals already added in. I was using a pea protein that tasted great, but only had half the protein. All part of the research! Thanks for your input. I always appreciate your two-bits. Hey, I notice from your signature that you do reviews. Would you like a review copy of Unfinished?

      • Charlotte M. Liebel Says:

        Hi again, Pat ~ Was away from home and forgot the name of the protein. So, it’s Body Fortress, super advanced WHEY PROTEIN. 60g protein and 12g BCAAs – 2lbs (32oz). I stick with WHEY. Once upon a time, I was gung-ho for chocolate and now my flavor is vanilla. Great for the past few years. And, yes, I’d be happy to review Unfinished. However, Amazon sometimes ‘loses’ gifted copies. Still, can try. Have taken a hiatus and am far behind on reviews, which saddens me, and cannot promise a time.

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          Thanks for the information about the protein powder. I’m not thrilled with the idea of the artificial sweeteners, but the rest of it sounds good. As for gift copies — as long as you just say you were given a review copy, you’re okay. The reviews that get disappeared are the ones that use the words “gift” and “in exchange for a review.” I sent you an email.

  2. LordBeariOfBow Says:

    Well it ain’t me 😈

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