I have written in the past about getting/being in shape is one of the best things you can do to prepare for any disaster scenario and was working hard at it, then an injury happened. I had been hiking an average of 30 miles a week for close to a year, but some extreme weather had kept me off the trails for about a month, when I finally got the chance to get back out there, I apparently over did it. A little over half way through a 10 mile hike I began to feel pain in my right foot, but with nearly 5 miles to the trail head I really had no other choice than to keep going. Needless to say, the results weren’t good. I could barely walk by the time I got back to the car and the pain continued for months. I assumed I had aggravated an old injury that would get better with time and rest, but month after month it continued. I finally realized I had something called plantar fasciitis, a common problem for runners and hikers. Bummer. Special socks, shoes, insoles, braces, etc, with little improvement. Till the wife found this:
No, it didn’t cure it in a week, but after a month it has definitely helped a LOT! I readily admit that I haven’t been following it as diligently as I should, but the pain is all but gone, and I even got in a little hike in the woods recently. I thought my hiking days were over, but fortunately that has changed for the better. I think I’ll start off a bit slower this time. I’m posting this in the hope that it may help someone else get back on the fitness train.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.