When I was in middle school, cross country was the only fall sport that didn't cut people. Fresh into a new school with way more kids than my neighborhood elementary school, I decided to try out, wanting to make new friends and try something different. Honestly, I really loved it. I wasn't that good at it, but I could run the full 2 miles without stopping, and little 11 year-old me was proud of that. #ilookthesameat11and27
Flash forward to senior year of high school when I was swimming long distances (500 free, 200 IM, and the mile) on two swim teams. Swimming was fantastic for my knees, but I started having a new pain: in my feet. Once again, it was back to the pediatrician, and this time to a podiatrist. I was given a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. I have super flat feet, meaning I'm predisposed to this type of foot pain. In one of my very first appointments, I vividly remember the doctor asking if I had ever had any knee pain, because this would be a very first sign. I thought back to middle school and asked if it all could be connected. The doctor said that it definitely was, and that my Osgood Slatter diagnosis was most likely incorrect. I went through a ton of physical therapy, learned a million stretches, and my whole body started to feel so much better.
It really stunk to learn four years later that I could have participated in cross country through high school if my original doctor had just thought to look down to my feet, and honestly, I'm still a little bitter. When I got to college a few months later, more emphasis was put on strength and flexibility while playing college golf, so I didn't do a lot of cardio and didn't have time to in my spare time. #yesihadpurplehair
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So, that's my story. I'd love to hear from any of you who have had similar knee or foot issues and how you still live a healthy lifestyle!