Until 4 years ago, I was a consistent runner. In July of 2014, I started experiencing foot pain from plantar fasciitis. It took me a year and a half before I finally saw a doctor, and since then I have tried pretty much everything: Orthotics, stability shoes, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicine, 3 injections, a walking boot, acupuncture, and consistent stretching and rolling out my foot and calves. All of it has helped, and none of it has fixed it.
Meanwhile, my physical fitness, which was quite good when this all started, has taken a dramatic downturn. At first I continued to exercise frequently, often six days a week, doing circuit training videos and walking. After awhile it seemed like parts of the workout videos were continuing to aggravate my foot. And then when I was wearing the walking boot, I couldn’t really walk, either. I joined a gym so that I could use the exercise bike, but I have found this to be very challenging to keep up with.
This past year is probably the least I have ever worked out, except for maybe the late months of my pregnancy and the early months of the girls being born. Getting to the gym is a challenge. I would have to wake up earlier than 4:00 a.m. to exercise before work. The gym is literally across the street from where I work, so I was hoping I could stop there after work at least a couple of times a week before I came home. In reality this happened very rarely, though. I made it to the gym about once per week during November and December. Then sometime around March my workouts stopped altogether.
I am finding it VERY challenging to get excited about the exercise bike. It is incredibly boring. And I’m not doing it often enough to notice any kind of fitness gains or to set any kind of goal. I realize the ultimate goal is good health, but it’s hard to work up excitement for something so mundane. I miss running terribly, and I wonder if I will ever be able to run again.
I currently have no game plan for my foot. One doctor has recommended surgery, but the surgery only has a 70% success rate, which makes me hesitant to try it until I know for sure that I have tried EVERYTHING else. I know that I have GOT to get exercising again, though, even if the exercise bike isn’t very glamorous.