I've been home for a week now and I'm just starting to readjust. It's been strange, but sad in a way how easily the routines have been coming back to me.
I got a horrible feeling when my plane took off out of Bangor. I don't think it felt real until that moment that this was really over. I saw the forests and the lakes below slowly fade out of my vision and drop below the clouds. They were gone, or rather, I was going.
The first morning I was home I got out of bed and went out to the kitchen. I stood in the middle of the room for a few minutes not knowing what to do. There was nothing to do, there was no where to go.
I expected driving to feel very weird, but it felt like I had driven just the day before. Going back to work was a similar feeling; it was almost like I never left. And it's been going well, and I'm thankful.
I'm also not sure how to get into an exercise routine. I haven't done much since I've been home and my legs are restless. I tried to run the other day but the impact was so hard on my knees and ankles that I had to stop. Instead I walked for a while and did the steps on the bridge where I trained before I started. The steps felt like nothing for my legs and lungs. I know I need to increase my activity to maintain my stamina but I don't know what I can do right now that is low impact. And I don't know when my body will stop feeling the effects of 2,181 miles.
My shoes don't fit me either! I'd read before my trip about how your feet can grow along the way, but I guess I didn't believe it until it happened. My shoes are snug not only length-wise, but width-wise as well. And the bottoms of my feet are peeling. It doesn't hurt but it doesn't look very nice either.
So, do I miss the trail? You bet. I miss the peace, the freedom, the people. Do I miss the rain? The mud? The ache in my feet? Of course not, but really I don't think of those things. The good outweighs the bad by far.
Well...this didn't really turn out to be the post-trail blog I was hoping for, so I'm sure I'll write more. And I'll talk about my gear in a future post as well. Aaaand, I'll stop being tired and stiff one of these days, right?