I am fortunate to have a great deal of land surrounding my property.
When we first got married, my husband and I had no money. We could barely afford groceries and the mortgage on our home. I definitely couldn’t afford to pay a gym membership or buy fitness equipment. In an effort to keep myself in shape, I started running. It cost me nothing to go for a run around the neighborhood. When I initially started, I barely had the stamina to run a full mile. It didn’t take long before I was running upwards of ten miles every day. Unfortunately, I’d bought a cheap pair of sneakers at Walmart. They weren’t designed for running and offered no arch support. I developed some major problems with my knees, ankles and feet. I suffered from a painful case of plantar fasciitis. I had no choice but to give up running for quite a while. The pain was so bad that I could barely walk or sleep at night. Resting, icing and stretching my feet gradually helped. I really wanted to start running again but was afraid of it. I did some research and learned the proper ways to warm up prior to a run. Along with thoroughly stretching my muscles and loosening up my joints, I made sure to drink more water. I also started running barefoot. I am fortunate to have a great deal of land surrounding my property. This allows me to run in the grass. I’ve gradually worn my path into a smooth, hard, dirt track. Running barefoot has worked miracles for my feet. Although I no longer allow myself to run every single day, I still run long distances.