Let active recovery be an integral part of your training routine, even during hiking off-season. This prevents peaks and valleys in your fitness level and helps you recover physically and psychologically from the stress of training and hiking.
I’m learning that it’s ok that I’m not superwoman and can’t hike 20 miles with a 40 pound backpack and that I need to section hike the John Muir Trail in more days than I expected to. And most importantly, I’m learning not to be ashamed of my limitations.
Like most, I've struggled with bad knee pain on the trail, especially the steep downhill sections. After much research and talking to doctors on what to do about my knee pain, how to prevent it and how to deal with it on the trail, here is what works for me.