Madame Ambassador is back with this week’s installment of 3-Day Thursday. Today we’re going to talk about shoes – not Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik – but shoes you can train to walk 60 miles in!
Early on in my 3-Day experience I decided that I was going to take advantage of every official training opportunity that was offered to me. After all, even though I know how to walk, I wasn’t sure I knew how to prepare for a 60-mile walk, how to pack for 2 nights in a tent (!), and what to expect along the way and at the end of each day.
The 3-Day has an online calendar which lists training events and clinics, sorted geographically. I found a shoe-fitting clinic at a running shop in the next town, and attended with my walking partner, Debbie. The running shop is an official outfitter for the Breast Cancer 3-Day; they offer discounts and specialized support to people who come into the store via the event.
Steve, the manager of the store, asked me to walk the length of the store so he could check my gait for pronation or any other issue that my shoe needed to address. He then measured my foot, looked at the sneakers I had been walking in (2 years old, way past the point of retirement!), and brought out a selection of shoes for me to try. I have never spent so much time trying on sneakers to make sure I had the best fit and the most comfortable pair of shoes!
Steve was so patient with us (you’d think we were selecting heels to wear to an evening event!), as we tried on shoe after shoe, then went back to the originals, then tried one shoe on the right foot and a different shoe on the left. You may be thinking, “well, that’s his job”; it may be his job, and I appreciated how well he did it! It also underscored the difference between choosing sneakers at a full-service store and picking up a pair from a serve-yourself mass retailer!
Anyway, I ended up with a pair of sneakers that are a different brand than those I usually buy. I’ll train in them for a few more weeks, then buy a second pair. I plan to alternate pairs as I train, and have both with me for the 3-Day event. Two pair of sneakers are suggested for the walk itself, in case one pair gets wet (please, no rain!)
The message in this post is about all the many types of support and guidance the 3-Day offers for people who walk the event! Who knew that a new pair of sneakers could make me so happy?! And, hey, even if you’re not walking the 3-Day, you might consider treating yourself to a proper shoe-fitting, it can make a huge difference in the way you walk!
Next week: I’m attending the Breast Cancer 3-Day Expo this weekend. I can’t wait to tell you about that experience!
As of today, April 23, there are 93 days until the Breast Cancer 3-Day Boston!
training: Spring colds and viruses last week (kids) and this week (me) have put me off my training schedule a bit, but I’m confident that I’ll jump right back in when I’m able.
fundraising: Friends bought me another 10 cups of virtual coffee this past week; I’m getting there!