Throughout February I have been working on upping my walking mileage as well as upping my speed. Early in the month I had spent a day in Bristol visiting museums and spent hours walking all over the city. Sadly I have been paying the price for that lovely day ever since.
See I had been climbing lots of steep hills that day, which is unusual in the town I live in, and I hurt my heel. I suspect this is plantar fasciitis as it is fine while walking but after a walk or jog (especially uphill) my heel screams in pain the moment it touches the floor. I have realised that my only option is the rest my foot for a while.
The problem for me is that having such a low fitness level the only exercise I have is walking so resting means not exercising. This is a massive problem on the face of it anyway but worse when trying to lose weight. I am desperately hoping that giving my foot a week to rest and heal will do the trick as the weather this weekend is looking pretty excellent and I am hoping to go to the Forest of Dean for a nice later winter/early spring walk.
If I am in agony again after that I am hoping that switching to cycling for a while will help the problem as we are planning to buy my bike this weekend. Hate to think how short of a distance I will be able to manage on a bike after not cycling but a handful of times (less than a mile each time) in five years. I am looking forward to being able to cycle to the store and build up my mileage though as one day I would like to cycle the Ridgeway with my husband. Hopefully my foot will heal and I will be able to get back into at least hiking again but if it continues to be a problem I think I could learn to love cycling.