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Starting Small...

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After finding myself struggling to really get going on my training this year, I've decided to start small. This will be my 6th time walking the incredible 60 mile journey and for some reason the training portion has left me lacking in the motivation department. I've been doing my usual two or three days at the gym combined with my weekly outings on the tennis court - but I know it's time to get serious. So I'm setting a few goals for myself this week.

First up, a new pair of shoes. I probably should have bought these a few weeks ago because I like to give myself at least two months to really break them in. For anyone who has done the walk before - don't be taken in by the latest athletic shoes technology out there. Sure, some of it's cutting edge and fabulous. But if you've found something that works well for you in the past (which means you crossed the finish line with your toe nails intact and had almost no blistering)... stick with it! I really don't think there one shoe brand out there that's right for everyone. But I will say that I really believe almost everyone can benefit from a good insole. Not the flimsy little foam ones that come with the shoe - but a good, molded one that fills your arches offers some serious support. Also, I'm a huge fan of getting my athletic shoes half a size bigger than my regular shoes. Your toes do not want to make contact with the end of the shoe!!! It may feel like nothing at first but at the end of those 60 miles it feels like your ramming your feet against cement.

So that's it - focus on comfort and support and what feels right for you. I'm probably going to pick up my shoes tomorrow and am hoping my next blog will be all about breaking them in. If you've bought your shoes or are about to get a pair - share your thoughts with me. What works for you and why. Maybe our experience will benefit first-time walkers and give them some great ideas to work with. And stay tuned... my next blog will deal with the second most important layer of your "equipment"... socks!!!

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