May 11, 2012
Today is a rest day, but it’s also Foot Massage/Pedicure day! This is sort of for work, since I’ll be meeting with clients while wearing open-toed sandals over the next two weeks, but during the process I realized how critical it is for training too.
My feet were a mess.
I felt terrible for my manicurist at Bliss on Broadway, who so tactfully informed me that in just four weeks I’d developed more calluses and blisters than she’d seen on people who hadn’t had their feet taken care of in years. She carefully cut away the dead skin around the healed blisters, scrubbed around the not-yet-healed blisters, and smoothed the calluses until my feet were baby soft again.
The true Bliss though? The foot and calf massage. I imagine this is what nirvana might feel like. Oh. My. My feet and calves were so incredibly tight that every touch hurt at first, but with an expert amount of pressure she worked through the knots one by one, releasing my muscles back to normal. I started to wonder whether I would be having so much trouble with my left heel if I’d had a foot massage before and after my first attempts at breaking in my new boots. Too late now, but going forward I’m definitely going to try to do this more often. Running and hiking are killing my feet.