I had to buy a new pair of hiking boots goddammit. Apparently I lost my arch from the last time I hiked the Camino and now my toes hit against the front of my boots. If I walked the Camino wearing my old boots this time around, I’d have no toe nails left by the end of the trek.
It sucks. Not only the spending money part, but buying and breaking in new boots specifically for a 500 mile walk is daunting. My old boots were so comfy! They were perfect!
And this my friends, is the height of my current problems.
I’m wearing them now, my new boots.
When I first took off my old boots to try on the new ones at REI, I was literally astonished. “Holy crap they’re fantastic! It feels like I’m giving my feet a drink of water!”
They felt lighter and even more comfortable than my old pair.
Me – “I probably don’t even need to break these in they’re so comfortable.”
My first hike was fine but when I went again the next day, the illusion shattered. They’re a lot looser than they were on that first day hike. Today I added an extra insole but now the tops of my toes on my left foot are getting scuffed.
I have crazy narrow feet. They’re long and they’re narrow. These boots are made for narrow feet but they haven’t seen the likes of mine before.
Tomorrow I’ll try again without that extra insole and make sure I lace them as tightly as they allow. If that doesn’t work, my next move is to double up my socks.
But seriously, I can’t think of any other pressing problems other than that.
Well, there is one other problem……
Since I started listening to audiobooks about virtual reality MMORPG games, I went on ahead and bought myself one. A MMORPG game, not virtual reality. Elder Scrolls online.
I played for 2-days straight. The last 2 days of my life were lost to that game. And now that I’m back from my hike, all I can think about is playing that game. I don’t care about anything else.
I’m supposed to call my friend today……yesterday I blew off 3 separate people all wanting to do something. And alll I want to do is game. This isn’t anything new, people are used to it but with this game in particular, there’s no end to it. I can’t say I beat it and then shelf it and wait for the next one to come out months later, no. This never ends.
It’s September 5th. I leave for my trip on October 9th…I think it’s October 9th.
I’m not ready for it. I’ve been hiking up my big little mountain non-stop to no avail, it’s not getting any easier. I haven’t lost weight. I’m not stronger. Four years of working 70-hour weeks did this to me. I find it hard to believe I haven’t lost anything yet. When did my retirement from massage begin? It has to be at least 3 months ago. 3 months of hiking every single day with no improvement?
I don’t know wtf’s going on with that but I’ll keep at it. I’m pretty relentless when it comes to certain things. Like leveling up my character.
I have an idea that will make me more money but I don’t want to write about it now. I’m losing daylight (game time). I’ll save it for another day. But an idea such as this, one that is actually doable on paper and doesn’t cost an arm or a leg, is so in-my-face stupid obvious I kick myself for not doing it sooner. I guess it takes about 3 months to recoup from 4 years of hell and that’s why this idea is just becoming known to me now. I was too stressed and too tired before now.
Anyway, I got to play my game.