Weather: 93°, sunny
Time: 30 minutes
About this hike: The heat is definitely challenging my time to the summit. I find myself stopping more often. That said, this was an enjoyable hike. Summer really isn't so bad—there are far fewer people, easier parking, and a good portion of the trail is shaded. Of course I stick to early mornings before the hottest part of the day.
Knee is feeling better. It still bothers me after a run, but doesn't stay hurting for too long. In fact, I was at the exit gate of my complex today before realizing I didn't have my Velcro brace. I chose to turn around and grab it as it has made a huge difference.
Today after the hike my knee felt no worse for the wear, and I was putting weight on it, jumping, etc. like normal. After 5 weeks I hope this strain injury is finally behind me. And I have to ask myself—were the Grand Canyon and Bill Williams Mountain hikes that caused the strain in the first place worth it?
When I got home instead of feeling exhausted I felt like lifting weights...so I guess I got my workout in for today and tomorrow!