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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaM View Post
    And by "anyone who suggests that you might in any way be causing your own problems" I assume you're refering to the people who think that my pink backpack is a good reason for someone to attack me with violent sexual threats. Feel free to feel that way, and I feel bad for any friend or family member of yours who gets raped or mugged.
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    I CANNOT believe you attacked Marta in this way. You obviously have a problem. I thought that the primary problem that you had caused for yourself was to hike without shoes on, if in fact you did this; I certainly don't know because you have obstinately refused to answer the people who have asked about this. For shame for your comment to Marta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickb View Post
    I wish I had not looked up "donkey punch" on wikipedia.
    I don't know what that is but I have no intention of looking it up; there is enough innuendo to know that it is not something that is respectable.
    I just wonder about a woman who would adopt that as a trailname. Just because someone wants to call you that doesn't mean you have to accept it or answer to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MurphyGreen View Post
    I don't know what that is but I have no intention of looking it up; there is enough innuendo to know that it is not something that is respectable.
    In the context of a man giving a woman a "donkey kick," I believe it means to get her p.g.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston View Post
    I'd like victoria to explain two things:

    why/how she got the trailname llama punch, and/or the history behind it.
    The history behind it is that it came out over a great weekend I had with my local trail buddies. We got a little nuts, hiked a lot of miles, and had a great time. The joking got a little raunchy. The exact moment I was given the name escapes me, but the name reminds me of the great time I had with my friends and the good feeling I get from accomplishing something on the trail (in this case, hiking an 18 mile day right off the couch). That's why I keep it. I do love the looks it gets me, though, from people who can't figure it out. I don't generally explain it.

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    why she thought hiking barefoot was a good idea
    Because at home I'm a barefooter. And my foot injury was caused by the shoes I put on for the next two days, not by my day of barefooting. I strongly suspect that if I had stayed barefoot I'd be uninjured and on the trail right now. However, I'm beginning to see that going home and having to decide to head back was good for me in the long run, so I'm not sorry it happened. The timing of my return will also place me on the trail in about the same spot as one of my local hiking buddies, too. It would be great to hike with her for a while.

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    Don't let the razzing get to you, VM. Just hike and see what happens.

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    I never let razzing get to me. I'm itching to go, but my foot just isn't ready yet. We've settled on April 1st, so I'll be going stir-crazy until then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaM View Post
    The history behind it is that it came out over a great weekend I had with my local trail buddies. We got a little nuts, hiked a lot of miles, and had a great time. The joking got a little raunchy. The exact moment I was given the [donkey punch] [] escapes me, but the name reminds me of the great time I had with my "friends" and the good feeling I get from accomplishing something on the trail (in this case, hiking an 18 mile day right off the couch).
    I think Victoria's too young and wild to be married.


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    Just a thought. When quoting someone its probably best to do so without modification.

    After reading insure ants post above, I was take a little aback.

    Then I went back to read that VictoriaM was infact given the name.

    In any event, I am too old and mild to even be condsidering such thoughts this early.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer View Post
    You may turn out to be 2007's Minnesota Smith.
    MS had to stop posting, start hiking, and keep hiking to become anything more than a provocative Web Blazer.
    If not NOW, then WHEN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marta View Post
    MS had to stop posting, start hiking, and keep hiking to become anything more than a provocative Web Blazer.
    True, True.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaM View Post
    I never let razzing get to me. I'm itching to go, but my foot just isn't ready yet. We've settled on April 1st, so I'll be going stir-crazy until then!

    I haven't been following this since I dropped in my 2 cents, but it sounds like you are going to give it another try. Good for you. Take it slow and you'll be OK I think. Give your tendonitis plenty of time to heal Make sure your feet are properly supported by your footwear. I also hope your doctor gave you some stretches to do to warm up and loosen up the affected tendons and muscles, and that you are doing them. If not, you need to bully your way in to see a sports medicine doctor or a podiatrist. A specialist may be able to get down to WHY you are having foot problems and give you some real solutions to those problems.

    A cortisone injection can also go a long ways toward improving things.

    Your restart date is very solid BTW. In 1995 when I thru'd, April First was a surge day. Tons of people hit the trail around that time at Springer. I started on March 28th and made it to Katahdin by October 8th despite losing almost a month in zero days, injured time, sick days, etc. along the way.

    Also consider taking an anti-inflammatory each morning to prevent inflammation that'll mess up those tendons. Back before they were yanked from the market, I got great results out of Celebrex for my recurring tendonitis problem (mine was in the sides of both knees (Iliotibial band syndrome) ) Ibuprofen manages it now, but I've also had good results from Aleve.

    Stretching is a very good thing though. If the muscles attached to the affected tendons get stretched out nicely, then the tendon itself won't be stressed as much in use.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemanat95 View Post
    I haven't been following this since I dropped in my 2 cents, but it sounds like you are going to give it another try. Good for you. Take it slow and you'll be OK I think. Give your tendonitis plenty of time to heal Make sure your feet are properly supported by your footwear. I also hope your doctor gave you some stretches to do to warm up and loosen up the affected tendons and muscles, and that you are doing them. If not, you need to bully your way in to see a sports medicine doctor or a podiatrist. A specialist may be able to get down to WHY you are having foot problems and give you some real solutions to those problems.

    A cortisone injection can also go a long ways toward improving things.

    Your restart date is very solid BTW. In 1995 when I thru'd, April First was a surge day. Tons of people hit the trail around that time at Springer. I started on March 28th and made it to Katahdin by October 8th despite losing almost a month in zero days, injured time, sick days, etc. along the way.

    Also consider taking an anti-inflammatory each morning to prevent inflammation that'll mess up those tendons. Back before they were yanked from the market, I got great results out of Celebrex for my recurring tendonitis problem (mine was in the sides of both knees (Iliotibial band syndrome) ) Ibuprofen manages it now, but I've also had good results from Aleve.

    Stretching is a very good thing though. If the muscles attached to the affected tendons get stretched out nicely, then the tendon itself won't be stressed as much in use.

    Good luck.
    Some good advice here. I went many years through rowing with one thing or anymore bothering me. I little advil before and after goes a long way. I get better pain results from Aleve. I would definitly be careful though with taking more than the directions say. Especially if you are having other problems. Having food in your stomach when or shortly after you take these goes a long way. To me it helps keep my stomach from yelling at me.

    I would say starting out slower and stretching is the way to go. If I am stiff I like to walk for a half hour or so in the morning to warm up my muscles before I stretch. This fits my hiking style as I do not like to eat right when I get up and usually have to many layers on starting out. I also like to stretch at the end of the day to calm everything down before I do to sleep.

    If you are having muscle problems a lot of water helps out to.

    Having said this, talking with a doctor first would probibly not be a bad thing. Go to a sports med. one. They are used to focusing on getting athelts back into their max preformance levels in a short amount of time.

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    Do you think your trailname will have any impact on whether or not men "stalk" you on the trail? Seems to me that any name that has the sexual innuendo of "Llama punch" will encourage a like response.
    Some people take the straight and narrow. Others the road less traveled. I just cut through the woods.

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    Hmmm... I don't believe there "won't be another chance", unless you're dead. I tried a thru-hike twice once back in 1969 and again in 1977. Yes 1969 and 1977!!! Because of circumstances beyond (1969 the draft) and in 1977 I had to abort the hike after about 500 miles. Yes, I went through a sort of depression (both times). After 1977 I though I was done and would never be able to make another attempt. The years passed and here I am 30 years later, fast apporaching 60, being 2 years from retirement and am contemplating another attempt at a thru hike in 2010. I've suffered a lot of setbacks over the over the years, but I have learned one thing: Times change, circumstances change, you cannot predict what the future will bring.

    The only never ever I subscribe to is "Never, ever give up your dreams"!!

    I do not know if I will even make it in 2010. Again circumstances may come up that will not allow me to try a thru hike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaM View Post
    Do you mean that I should go do whatever I want and if my mairrage of nine months fails I should just shrug my shoulders and move on? ....
    Hmmmmm....when I was still in my ninth month of marriage, the LAST thing I would ever consider would be spending the next 4-6 months away from my spouse. But that's just me.

    Victoria: I sincerely hope that your health allows you to successfully do the things you want in life, and that you are happy with the decisions you make. The only advice, and I hesitated in doing so when you first posted this, regretfully now, I would offer is that something like this is probably best kept among those who know and love you. Seeking sympathy for a general situation is one thing, but now you find yourself defending personal and private, even intimate, details about your life to people who don't know a thing about you.

    Best of luck to you.

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    iceman and hammock engineer: Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I don't have great insurance (we buy our own) and mine is already about maxed out this year from having a checkup and x-rays on my knees before heading out in March. Getting in to see a specialist for my foot is out of the question. I'm doing as much research on the condition as I can, though, and hopeful that reasearch, going slow, advil (not too much, I don't like taking it for more than a couple of days) and a little prayer will get me through.

    Creek Dancer: It hasn't so far, and I don't expect it will. a) I'm not terribly attractive, so I tend not to attract the attention of men. b) As I mentioned, I don't general explain what the name means because the exact definition doesn't really have anything to do with me, so people rarely know it contains any innuendo. c) I talk about my husband constantly, and I firmly believe that the first step in avoiding unwanted attention on the trail is to make it clear that you're not available. d) I think the whole "stalking on the trail" and "pink blazing" thing is blown way out of proportion. Everyone on the trail was very nice and polite to me, men and women both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saimyoji View Post
    Seeking sympathy for a general situation is one thing, but now you find yourself defending personal and private, even intimate, details about your life to people who don't know a thing about you.

    Best of luck to you.
    Thanks for your good wishes. I haven't disclosed any intimate details of my life, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaM View Post

    Creek Dancer: It hasn't so far, and I don't expect it will. a) I'm not terribly attractive, so I tend not to attract the attention of men. b) As I mentioned, I don't general explain what the name means because the exact definition doesn't really have anything to do with me, so people rarely know it contains any innuendo. c) I talk about my husband constantly, and I firmly believe that the first step in avoiding unwanted attention on the trail is to make it clear that you're not available. d) I think the whole "stalking on the trail" and "pink blazing" thing is blown way out of proportion. Everyone on the trail was very nice and polite to me, men and women both.
    Some things have NOTHING to do with whether you think you are attractive or not (your husband thinks you are attractive, so....) Some things are only about a half a step away from rape, maybe less than that, and rape has nothing to do with sexuality, it's all about power and victimization. People looking to use a woman (or man) as a sexual toy are about 1/4 step away from rapists...just one bad day away. You do NOT want to put yourself in such a person's view, ever, in any way....EVER. You think you have difficulties now? It can get a LOT worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemanat95 View Post
    Some things have NOTHING to do with whether you think you are attractive or not (your husband thinks you are attractive, so....) Some things are only about a half a step away from rape, maybe less than that, and rape has nothing to do with sexuality, it's all about power and victimization. People looking to use a woman (or man) as a sexual toy are about 1/4 step away from rapists...just one bad day away. You do NOT want to put yourself in such a person's view, ever, in any way....EVER. You think you have difficulties now? It can get a LOT worse.
    I'm not sure what you're suggesting here for VictoriaM? That she not appear in public, ever? That she wear a Taliban-style burqa? I honestly don't follow your logic here, Iceman...

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