Camino #20 – More Aches & Pains

It always happens, doesn’t it. Just when you feel you are on a roll, the stars are aligned and you are making progress, or at the very least enjoying yourself, the “Gremlins of Self-Destruction” decide to have a field day!

I’ve developed Plantar Fasciitis. It’s a very common foot ailment, which you CANNOT walk through. All the information online says – do not aggravate this condition. So, I stayed home on a gloriously +10ÂșC sunny day. It broke my heart! However, I did find exercises for it and I did find that it is mainly caused by excess weight on the feet. It must have been that pair of merino socks that I threw into my pack at the last minute – Alas the straw that has broken the camel’s back…or at least it’s feet!

I also found out that, if your hips are weak, the weight then transfers to the knees, ankles and feet. I refuse to cave and say, “Oh, I’ll just have my pack transferred.” No I’m a stubborn old broad and I refuse to give up. So, I will start at the top – or at least the middle and begin by strengthening my hips, while I do exercises to strengthen my feet.

You have to know, right now, how I hate exercising. I could walk for miles, climb mountains, if I have to, but to lay on the floor and do a workout comes pretty close to a life in purgatory.

Today I got down on the floor – not once, but twice and did two exercises ten times on both sides. I will do more. I’ll stop at four times a day. There has to be limits or you overdo things right? I even spent $28.00 on resistance strips. These are wide elastic “bands” that add more pressure to your exercises. I bought the beginner package. There were 3 graded strips. Each one, I presume, adds more resistance to your exercises. There is also an intermediate package – three more graded strips and finally a senior one!!

This is why it takes so long to get out of purgatory. Not only do you have to work through all these exercises 3 or 4 times a day, you have to do them with various levels of structured penance – the rack comes to mind! First you exercise without resistance and then you gradually add seven, colour coded levels of resistance. Right now I could do with a plenary indulgence or two.

I’ll keep you posted – Buen Camino

2 thoughts on “Camino #20 – More Aches & Pains”

  1. Oh, Carol, you make me laugh! I am imagining you on the floor, in purgatory, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

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