Thursday, July 8, 2010
Roller derby is effin up my feet
I have always thought feet were really gross. Most people don't really take care of their feet and pamper them the way they should. But think about it: your feet probably work harder than any of your other body parts. They support all of your weight (and most of us don't distribute our weight in the way we should--so our feet must work extra hard) and if you have a job that requires you to stand a lot, as I do (hello being on your feet about 8-10 hours a day), that is some serious support being given. I've always made it a point to take care of my feet. I pumice them regularly and rub lotion in them to make them soft and release the tension. Now, my feet are nowhere near perfect. I have permanent callouses because I don't distribute my weight evenly. However, now that I'm doing roller derby (and skating damn near every day--and not leisurely skating, actively skating--sweating and huffing and puffing) and my feet need TLC more than ever, I feel like it's a lost cause. I have new callouses, and my blisters have blisters. I am coming to terms with the fact that I will have really gnarly feet and it's just the price I'll pay to participate in this truly rad sport. And if all that I end up with is gnarly feet--I'm getting off REALLY easy. Check this out.