I started the trail NOBO on March 17th.I know a looooog time ago. LOL. I was having a friggin' blast!! But, I had to get off the trail at Hot Springs,NC because of left foot pain possible stress fracture.I got back on the trail soon after that just to have to get off again because of the same reason. After my orthopaedic doc saw me, it turned out to be artheritis(DANG!) I was MRI' ed,injected and given a bill of "no stress fracture" of the foot diagnosis,but ironically, I was still stuck at home due to to storm damage repairs to my home for a few weeks and now I am ready to hike.I don't move real fast ( 12-15 miles per day pushing it real hard) on the trail so could you help me in deciding when I should Flip my hike. I have been to Big K already so "The Summit" is not that important to me but "a Thru-Hike" is. I want to finish this year. I don't mind the "cold" weather but I would rather not have to use(won't use crampons) to hike in ice. I kinda like what bones I have left. They gotta last me a few more years.Know what I mean? Ha! Please don't discourage me if you can help it ,but if it is so,it is so. I can take it.I think. Thanks for your help! Whiteblaze.net.You are in a lot of the trailjournals.com so don't let me down.