Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ow Ow Ow Ow!

So, I definitely have plantar fasciitis. Which is basically an injury to the tissue along the arch of the foot. It's a killer b/c while it heals overnight, it re-tears with every step you take the next day.

So. My hot podiatrist (seriously, this guy is DREAMY!!!!) told me I can't run (or walk for exercise) for two weeks. Sharon told me it would be better to wait a whole month.

So in the meantime, I'm supposed to stay off of it as much as possible. Which makes my cardio workouts really limited. I can swim (yeah, right!), row (fun, but get's sooooo boooooring after 10 minutes) or bike.

I've been resisting the bike. I don't hate it but it too gets boring after a while. So Sharon's been strong-arming me into taking a spin class.

I finally did this morning. Aside from the trauma of having to hear that horrilbe "Tears on My Guitar" song (which henceforth I had avoided being subjected to) set to a dance/spin beat, it wasn't that bad. I didn't love it, but it wasn't horrible.

But now my tush hurts like hell and for a while there other parts ... girly parts that I am rather attached to .... hurt like hell too.

But I survived. I'm sure I'll never hear the end of it from Sharon. Or Garth.


garth said...

Sorry this tip is too late but you should only do 30 minutes duration for your first spin class. And the time limitation has nothing to do with your cardio endurance or leg strength. It's all about the ability to sit down!

Believe me, it takes time to condition your butt to endure over two hours on a bike. And padded shorts are strongly recommended if you plan on riding longer than 60 minutes. Good luck! (Sorry to hear about your foot injury. It took a month for me to get over a low ankle sprain so I haven't been running either. I did an easy mile run for the first time last weekend. Maybe it was the same thing you have cause it was on the inner arch below the ankle.)

EEE said...

Do you feel it mostly in your heel? PF pain if felt mainly in the heel. They even used to call it "Policeman's Heel" because it hits walkers/runners a lot b/c of the sheer number of times you're re-tearing the fascia.

Want the number for my dreamy podiatrist?

And thanks for the tip. The class is only an hour and I'd biked up to 40min on the stationary bike before.

garth said...

Umm, no thanks. You keep your hot podiatrist and I'll keep my milf chiropractor / accupuncturist. And she has really good hands and massage techniques.