I apologize for the title of this post, but it had to be done.
I just returned from a brief vacation to the Lakes Region of NH (aka just South of the Whites) at a condo on Lake Winnisquam. Our first day of vacation we hiked Mt. Major. This hike was short about 3.5 miles round trip to the summit giving a huge pay off with a killer view of the lakes surrounding the peak.
However I was faced with some knee pain on my right knee over the course of this brief hike. Now I wasn't able to determine the cause, but i figured it was one of three options.
1. I was hiking slower to function as a guide for the folks I was hiking with as they aren't outdoorsy people, and slowing my pace hurt my knees.
2. Out of practice as I didn't do much hiking while overseas (obviously)
3. The worst of the three, my old knee injuries are flaring up.
I have a Spartan Race coming up this week and I am considering doing a quick hike of Mt. Monadnock with what gear I do have and my Leki poles this week as a bit of a test with my pace where I stand. Still missing a jacket, proper trail runners, and a sleeping bag liner.