Mileage to date: 134 miles (in 9 days)
Let me tell you why I chose the title for the post. We have been a bit behind schedule even though we have walked for 8-10 hours a day. Yesterday, we decided to go for it and make up the mileage. In 10 hours we walked 31 km (19 miles) to Santo Domingo. There came a time during the day when I was having a lot of pain in my ankle and was going very slowly. My mom was about 30 yards ahead of me and was waving something. As I got closer, I could hear her saying, ¨Cookie, cookie, cookie!¨ She was trying to get me to walk faster by bribing me with a cookie! I yelled out, ¨I don´t want a flippin´cookie! In fact, I don´t even like those cookies!¨ LOL Needless to say, I finally made it over to her. We were in the midst of farmland and there was a shallow cement canal. I took off my boot and soaked my ankle in the icy water. Ahhhh! My left ankle has been swollen and feeling very bruised for the past 3 days. I chalked it up to long days and many miles. With the help of Motrin, everyday I was able to move on. Although yesterday did push my limits. During the last few miles into the town, all I could do was shuffle. I had to stop and wiggle my ankle about every 100 yards. This would help me go a little bit farther. Finally, we reached the abergue!! I was relieved to get off my feet. In my mind, I wondered if I would be able to continue with this kind of pain. At some of the albergues there are volunteers who massage your feet. At the one we arrived at, there was a physical therapist--free of charge!! He had many people wanting his help and I patiently waited. When it was my turn, I explained that I had no blisters or sores, but that my ankle was very sore/bruised and the tips of my toes were numb. Right away he started to poke & twist my ankle. I cringed and yelped at the pain. After a thorough inspection, he said, ¨You have a dangerous injury. It seems to be a problem with your ligaments. If you twist your foot on a rock, you will probably break your ankle. This is something that you don´t want to mess with. I can wrap it, but you need to stay off it for at least 1 day. And you should not carry your backpack for 2 days.¨ I told him that I couldn´t stop and he warned me that if I kept going in this shape, I would severely injure my ankle. He also said that I could just ship my backpack ahead and then I won´t have to carry it.
So, we received special permission to stay in the albergue one more day. Unfortunately, we will have to take a bus to the next city, which is Burgos. I´m disappointed because it will take a few miles off of my total, but I guess it will be worth it in the long run. I must say that it has been nice to rest. I am finishing a book and catching up on the blog. I am also uploading a video and will post some more pics later today.
Overall, we are doing great! Having fun, meeting so many new people and enjoying good food!