My feet are large (Divulging my shoe size is like divulging my weight -- you'll need to torture me to get the information. Oh, hang on, I may have revealed it during a weak moment in one of my blog posts. But please don't Google my blog to find it). They're wide. They look funny. They hurt in the mornings (plantar fascitis in the heels, the doctor says). Some people wish for whiter teeth, more hair, bigger boobs, flatter tummies, muscled calves. I want prettier feet.
But in a very short time, I will be taking the journey of a lifetime, and I won't be able to do it without my feet. So I need to start showing some serious love towards these tootsies of mine, and start treating them like pampered princesses. I make sure I rotate my ankles and stretch my heels every morning, and before /after exercise. I like to ice my heel down on nights following a particularly long walk.
Next up -- dress my feet up in some pretty pink socks! No, I'm kidding -- what makes these socks great aren't their color, but the fact that they're thin and lightweight and made of some magic material that pulls moisture away. Moisture, feet and long walks don't go together because that combination results in some nasty blisters. Oh, and you end up with stinky feet. So for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event on Oct. 1-3, I'm taking along 6 pairs, 2 per day so I can change socks halfway through the day (along with some thick socks for nighttime, of course!). In fact, I'll be taking along more pairs of socks than underwear.
Finally, to walk all those miles, I need the Right Shoes. These Nike Air Zoom Vomeros make my feet feel like they're running on clouds. Okay, maybe not clouds, but definitely extra-soft cushions. They are the best running shoes I've ever owned, but I've had them for over 2 years now. They still feel great, but they have seen a lot of use, so I decided to get a new pair.
When you're buying new running shoes, why mess with success? I got exactly the same kind as my old one (just a newer version). You don't realize that your old shoes are old until you get a pair of new shoes. All that cushioning must have gotten compressed over the years, because you can really tell how much more cushion-y the new shoes are! In fact, the only thing wrong with these new shoes is that my old ones have pink trim and my new ones have yellow trim (when you have feet as large as mine, you can't afford to be too choosy). And they're a bit too shiny-white for my taste. I need to break them in so that by the time October 1 rolls around, walking with them will be like walking with an old friend. I'm also in the market for a second pair of shoes, maybe walking shoes this time, so I can alternate and see whether walking or running shoes are better, or whether they don't make a difference to me.
They may not be Cinderella's feet, but (with apologies to Nancy Sinatra) these feet are made for walkin', and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these feet are gonna walk a mile or two (or sixty), and if they get me through the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, they're going to look like the prettiest feet in the world.
Energizer is sponsoring my participation fee and fundraising requirement for this event, but I would love to be able to raise more for breast cancer. Please help me reach my goal of $1000! Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. You can click on the widget below to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation.