A little over a year ago, I embarked on a pretty serious fitness journey where I not only changed the way that I was eating but I also started a pretty consistent walking program. By January of last year, I had gotten up to walking 3-5 miles four or five times a week. I was feeling really strong and pretty good about me sticking to it because let’s face it, exercise has never really been my thing. When February hit, I began having problems with pain in my foot and ankle — well, truth be told, I’d had trouble with the same foot/ankle off and on for years but I’d take Motrin or Alleve for a couple of days and I’d be back in business. Unfortunately, I’ve developed an intolerance for that entire class of medications so off to the podiatrist I went. Turns out I have chronic tendinitis in my foot that is of course aggravated by the repetitive motion of WALKING. I left there with a compression sock, a compression brace, orthopedic pads a boot a prescription for custom orthotics and a CANE! He also told me that the ONLY acceptable shoe for me to wear would be hiking boots . . . all the time. AS. IF.
All the equipment did help and after wearing it for awhile, my foot was great and I was ready to go. About half way through my first day back in shoes, I had a severe back spasm due to being off balance from the boot and my back was out for a month. That pain was WAY worse than the foot pain. Haven’t been back in that boot since. I said all that to say that because of all of these foot issues, I am in pain daily and as a result haven’t been able to exercise for nearly a year and I really feel it. Late last night I got the bright idea to use icy hot on my foot and I actually experienced significant relief. So today, I’m back on the treadmill. I’ll definitely have to work my way back up to where I was but I’m just thankful that I can begin again. I may need you guys to help keep me accountable and certainly feel free to join me. I have a tendency to be tough on myself but I just have to remember that it’s not the destination it’s about the journey.