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October 19, 2007

Hiking Like a Local

I have a few extra pounds around the waist right now, so I'm trying to get more exercise, and while I'm checking out local health clubs I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather today and go for a hike in the foothills. This is one of those benefits of being unemployed. Mmmmmm......

The trailhead is only about a five minute drive from my house, so it's quite accessible. No excuse not to go for walks here all the time, really. Except for one thing. It's kind of a weird one, so bear with me. I seem to be fine hiking up in the mountains, but every time I go for a hike in the Front Range my legs itch like crazy. I've looked around on the web for a solution and have only found one person who describes similar symptoms and I wasn't able to comment on their blog for whatever reason. And there was no insight in other commenters' words, just sympathy.

Here's the deal: I hike up and up happily, like I did today, and then I turn to come downhill and am in agony. It's a downhill thing. If I could do an all-uphill hike I'd be fine, but I don't know of any of those yet. Let me know if you know of some weird vortex where I can live and hike in peace. My legs also itch like crazy when walking in the cold. I'm pretty sure it's not a dry skin thing--maybe a circulation thing. I think I've determined that the itchy areas are also cool to the touch. Any insight, if you've heard of this sort of thing, would be much, much appreciated. My doctor had no advice. Suffice to say, this might be my last hike in the Front Range.

Anyway, on with the hike. I enjoyed the way up and once I'd slowed down and was on flat terrain I went back to my happy place.

I ended up accidentally turning off the main trail too soon and was spit out into a neighborhood. This turned out to be quite nice, as I put on my photo eyes and enjoyed the fall suburban scenery.

Ah, the leaves may be gone from the trees in the mountains, but fall is still in full swing down in the flatlands.

Posted by beth at October 19, 2007 12:47 AM

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