Our expert says:
You've almost certainly overdone it - to go from zero to 3 hours of hiking, wow, that's a huge jump and it's no wonder you felt like you did yesterday and today. It's just too big a gap. Your body will however get used it, and by next week, the pain will be hugely reduced and you won't feel as tired.
However, it's not ideal to do one mega bout of exercise every week and nothing in between. I'd really encourage you to look at finding ways to train at least twice in the week as well. Even if it's just 30 minutes on say Tues and Wednesday, walking, or cycling or aerobics or something. Just to get some kind of training effect.
That's not to dismiss this weekend hike and it will help, there is no doubt. And you will get better. But if you can, doing more in the week makes it much, much better, so I'd say try for that.
As for this, by the time you read this, you should be feeling a little better, and hopefully by weekend, much better, then you can tackle the weekend again. Just take care, because that is a massive walk to do on no fitness.
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