Wednesday, September 21, 2011
In my prep (and associated shoe-conundrums and training-turmoils), I learned a lot while walking:
3. Expensive shoes can still hurt your feet, even if you do all the proper analytics to get you the "good" and "right" shoes.
4. A new pair of shoes that don't work can jack up your knees in a matter of days. This is bad...very bad!
5. Numb toes are NOT a good thing.
6. Sometimes it takes 6 pairs of shoes to get to the right pair of shoes (or at least the "right enough" pair of shoes)....even after 3 months of perfect training in cheap Tar-ghzay shoes. (Add in, you need 2 operable pairs of shoes for THE Walk!) I opted for the New Balance 860s which were designed for the walk, and truly wish that I would have gone that route mid-June to avoid the quest I embarked on instead.
7. Shoes only have an odometer of 400-500 miles before you need to get a new pair. For the price, it's sometimes mind-boggling.
8. Blisters hurt like a son-of-a-gun. Avoid them at all costs. When you feel that hot spot coming on, stop then and there to take care of it!
9. Walking is good therapy when someone you love is sick.
10. Walking is good therapy when someone you love goes on to heaven. (Well...sort of...is there ever good-enough therapy for that?)
11. Walking with buddies makes the time go quicker.
12. It takes a very long time to walk 10 or 20 miles. Patience most certainly becomes a virtue.
13. Fundraising is easy when the cause is good, but equally hard. I don't like asking for money.
14. People are so incredibly generous. I am soo incredibly thankful!
15. Doing something bigger than yourself feels good, even when the flip flops and cute sandals no longer do.
16. Cancer is an overwhelming, horrible disease that mutates into so many forms. Whether breast or bladder...I hate it.
17. Walking most certainly slows you down to make you better able to "smell the roses" and gain greater perspective.
18. It's easier to walk in the springtime breezes or amidst the cool fall air than it is during the summer humidity.
19. Teaching in tennis shoes to save my feet for the walk is sooo against my aesthetic sensibilities, yet so necessary an evil. So you learn to color coordinate.
20. Having your family and friends behind you is worth its weight in gold!!
Catch you on the flip side!
(Hopefully, the feet are functional on that side!!)
Pic from our "Green Chicks 4 Pink" T-shirts graphics (names & logo listing for all of our team's $100+ donors), http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3651/3416001461_1e41d2ea26.jpg and