For months I have suffered from plantar fasciitis. I have tried everything – corticosteroids, arch supports, ice, golf ball, active release therapy, stretching, splints, compression, rest…. Nothing was working. I have a triathlon in 2 1/2 weeks. Walking a mile hurt.
MIRACLE!!! (cue choirs of singing angels)
I went to a class simply called Flexibility last night at my new favorite place, Shine Fitness, where I recently attended anti gravity yoga (blog). I was a little intimidated at first because the class was filled with 3% body fat Cirque du Soliel looking people. Honestly, the total body fat in this 6 person class was about the equivalent of the body fat in my left thigh. Once the class started I was aware I was the only person that probably can’t hinge at the waist and touch my forehead to the floor. These people were contortionists. I’m not exaggerating when I say I saw this:
Uhhhh, yeah. But the instructor was very cool, and let me go at my own pace and ability level.
As I was driving home, I realized something. That awful pain in my right foot, the pain I was so sure would never ever go away, was just…. gone! I got out of my car at home, stood up, and yes, YES, the pain was gone! I wanted to immediately go run! I couldn’t believe it. Tears of joy streamed down my face. I was ready to send the amazing instructor lavish gifts. But I knew I wasn’t out of the woods yet. Plantar is worse in the morning.
I woke up this morning, and didn’t feel pain, but was nervous that the first thing I would feel when my foot touched the floor was that horrible pain I’ve become so used to. I’m so happy to report that there is no pain at all!
I feel like I have a new lease on life. A new body. Renewed hope and optimism. Just in time for triathlon season!!