2018 was my second year in triathlon and I was itching to try the longer distances. So at the end of the season a few of my friends and I signed up for the Ironman Maine 70.3. A half Ironman distance (1.9KM swim, 90KM bike and a 21.1KM run). No sooner I did this, I was getting some pain in my right heel. Started mild, but as time went on, I was not able to run without being in pain. It was now 2019 and I was starting my training for Maine. I did not need this setback. I was in pain even walking around my house.
Time to see the physiotherapist. It was Plantar Fasciitis An inflammation of the dense fibrous band of tissue of the sole of the foot that is marked especially by heel or arch pain (Merriam - Webster). We did shockwave therapy, laser therapy, exercises, laid off the running and I was starting to panic about my big race. It was May and I was still not 100%. I was seriously worried that I wouldn’t be able to race in August.
On one of my physio visits, she said to me, “get yourself a pair of OOFOS”. I was like, ‘what?’ OOF what? Had no idea what she was suggesting. Went to my local run store and took the first pair they had in my size. I was willing to try anything. I got home and slipped on the OOFOS and….. Wow, my feet felt incredible. I didn’t have that heel pain and my feet felt supported and cushioned at the same time. Is this for real? Is it a placebo effect because I wanted it to feel good? I continued to wear my OOFOS daily and eased back into a run schedule. Can a shoe heal you? I don’t know, but they saved my feet this summer.
I made it to Maine! At the Expo, OOFOS had a tent set up and I bought myself another pair. 2 of my other trip friends were also sporting OOFOS with great results!!
The race was everything I wanted it to be.