I wrote about my not-so-good foot weekend here. But by Monday morning, the foot was starting to feel a bit better. And when I laced it up into my workout sneakers, it felt totally fine! So I cleared myself for a trip to the gym.
I planned to take a BodyPump class, but go easy on the weights (and forgo any jumping), followed by a yin yoga class. Since most of yin is sitting (I describe yin yoga a bit more here), there would be very little need to walk or stand barefoot.
Fortunately, I arrived at the gym 15 minutes before class – just 5 minutes after sign-in opened (at Fusionopolis, this is usually plenty of time). I was spot #34 of 40.
Unfortunately, when I stepped into the room, it was…full. Like, no space in the front, no space in the back, maaaaybe I could have squeezed in if everyone moved, but *sigh*. I really do hate being crammed in for Body Pump. So I’ll admit it: Instead of being “that girl”, I just turned around and walked out of the room.
Fortunately, this gave me ample opportunity to stretch and roll my legs, especially my calves. Tight calves/Achilles can contribute to plantar fasciitis. In fact, I *did* find a super tight spot. [I swear that I am writing a calf-stretching post. Tomorrow will be the magic day!]
Unfortunately, I still had plenty of time to kill before yoga. I figured that a mile on the treadmill wouldn’t hurt, since my foot was feeling good, right?
Fortunately, everything seemed to go pretty well, and I did a bit over a mile at a nice easy pace. I was feeling good, but stopped anyway, and spent another 10 minutes rolling my legs out. Yin yoga was great, too. I really enjoy the Monday night instructor (Joyce), and we focused on ankles and feet. Perfection!
Unfortunately…it’s now Tuesday night, and despite more stretching, rolling, and icing…my left heel does not feel very nice to walk on.
Fortunately, I have a few zillion piles of work to do this week, so perhaps that will keep me distracted while I work on healing the foot.
Unfortunately, my husband still has to live with the cranky, non-running me during that time.
Fortunately, I can still swim and (I think) spin, so I’ll get that cardio in somehow.
Most fortunately, although I’m new to this whole blogging thing, a few fellow bloggers have been kind enough to share several bits of wisdom. I’ve been harping on ice and tennis balls, but then Cecelia from MommiesRun. suggested that I put a golf ball in the freezer, then roll that under my foot. Clearly, she already knows how much I love multi-tasking. Now I just must find a golf ball.
And then Cait (the Arty Runnerchick) reassured me (Was that reassurance, Cait?) that plantar fasciitis is “mysterious”. This is jiving very well with my experience. [It hurt two days ago…less yesterday…more today…this step hurt…that step didn’t…now it pulls…next it feel burny…and on, and on…] She seems to have a bit of experience with this ailment. And Lisa at Jogging on Coffee is going through a bout of plantar fasciitis as well. Who said this was an ailment that most often strikes men in their 40s and 50s? Ladies, I suggest we have a big ‘ole party. I’ll provide the frozen water bottles and ice cream. 🙂
Anyone else have to join??
[Trust us, you really don’t want to.]
So what’s your fortunately/unfortunately for today??