Buen Camino

“Pride goeth before a fall.”

Last year I walked 700+ miles and bragged about it in my Christmas letter. This year I got sidelined with plantar fasciitis. I bought new shoes, rested, stretched, had Physical Therapy, and two really good foot massages, but I still can’t walk a mile without pain.

Since January 1, I’ve “walked” 61.5 miles. I snowshoed, cross country skied (very little), walked, and taken credit for my weekly restorative yoga class. I even count the 0.4 mile on the step bike I use for my warm up at PT. Here in Florida, I am swimming laps in the pool to count towards my miles.

Currently, I’ve finished 326.3 miles of the Camino (since September) with 154.5 to go. At this rate I might finish by the August, six months after my projected goal of the end of March.

But it is still a Buen Camino, a good hike. I’m healthy (except for my foot) and doing well. My cancer numbers are good. It has been two years since my second cancer diagnosis and the first med regimen is still working well with no noted side effects.

And, I am very much enjoying two weeks in sunny Florida. I visited my aunt and uncle in Titusville for 4 days and then drove south to spend a week with friends on Captiva. Lizi and I will end our trip with 3 nights and 2 days at Disney. I think a day of walking at Epcot will do serious damage to my feet so I am planning to spend the second day just relaxing at our resort. We have lifetime passes to Disney, but since it is spring break, there are blockout dates to the parks that day. A last day of rest and relaxation poolside sounds just right to me.

And hopefully, when we get back home Spring will be just around the corner.

Buen Camino!

4 thoughts on “Buen Camino

  1. Chris, glad to hear you are physically doing well except for that foot! Enjoy your time here in sunny Florida!!

    We moved (11 of us altogether) to FL in July 2021, and loving every minute of it! We are all located north of Tampa. 😎🌴☀️

    All the best to you

  2. Sorry to hear about your foot! But nice (in a way) to know I’m not alone. Not sure if mine is plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, but either way — ouch! I’ve been rolling a bottle of ice under the foot while I sit- that has helped! Best wishes – Deb

  3. Hi Chris, sorry you’re still troubled with your feet! Just like the people who do the Camino on site! I’m plugging along but will finish after the 6 months I set for myself too. No worries 😉! So happy the cancer is staying “managed”. A gift. Florida sounds lovely – have fun!

  4. Plantar Fasciitis can really set you back! Sorry to hear it has altered your goal, but it looks like you’re doing a great job of subbing in other ways of doing your buen camino! I’m finally back to running and am hoping to do my first 5K with Hannah this weekend. Enjoy your time in Florida, and maybe we’ll finally have decent weather by the time you get back home! – Sue

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