Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Big Walk Update

 
I've gotten lots of terrific advice about the upcoming Avon Walk. I have heeded exactly some of it. My 39.9 mile adventure is a couple of weeks away and I have taken my new walking shoes out on a few trial runs around the neighborhood. A few means three. Around the neighborhood means around the block a couple of times, but to be fair the blocks are kind of long-ish.  Jeff firmly believes that I'm in denial about this whole endeavor. That is a distinct possibility.

The new walking shoes feel great. They are, however, not great looking. They are big white marshmallow shoes that remind me of the white Reeboks Jazzercise-style numbers I wore the summer of 1983 when I worked at The Red Onion in Beverly Hills. The Mexican restaurant had a sports theme. Waiters wore basketball uniforms, waitresses were cheerleaders, busboys wore baseball pants and jerseys. I was a hostess and so was made to wear a referee uniform, which made sense in food chain logic except that it also made me look as if I was moonlighting at Footlocker.

Related: It is impossible to get the smell of cheap salsa out of polyester.

I know these pristine white shoes will be my tell of unpreparedness at the big event. I am contemplating running them over with the car a few times just to make them look a little more worn in. Or I could just walk in them more. Decisions.


27 comments:

  1. It's the shoes. New Balance makes some that would be approved by Bob. Check the web site. This pair definitely are holding you back.

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    1. I think these are New Balance... they feel good though!

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  2. I hope at least a few of the other ladies on the walk went to middle school in Texas (as I did).

    Why?

    Because when they see your blindingly white new sneakers, they will run up and start wiping the soles of their shoes on yours, thus grubbing them up and taking away a bit of their "I've never walked outside my kitchen" vibe.

    #helpful

    XOXO

    A.

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  3. That's a tough one. I'd go with telling everyone you had to buy new shoes after your last 3 marathons.

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  4. I have to admit, Lisa, I am a little concerned about this upcoming walk. My advice is to have a LOT of band-aids on hand.

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  5. Wow! 39.9 miles! I'd take those new shoes out for quite a few more walks/runs before the walk. Otherwise, I agree with Ms. Moon, bring lots and lots of bandaids!! You could also try wearing them all day around the house to continue to break them in. :) Wishing you the very best in your endeavors. You are walking for a great cause!

    Jennifer @Shine with Jennifer Leigh
    http://blog.shinewithjl.com

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  6. it could rain (seems cloudy here in so cal) so maybe you can jump in some puddles with B.

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  7. Hopefully this won't scare you too much, but I once did a 30-mile walk that took me on a loop from Santa Monica to MacArthur Park and back. Finishing was no problem, but I could barely stand the next day. Considering scheduling a day on the sofa catching up on tv shows.

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    1. Well... it's about 30 miles the first day and ten the day after that, so. Yeah.

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  8. You'll be ready Paigey, I just know you'll be fine. We've done 40 miles in one day shopping the outlet stores. Just think about the pie. It always ends in pie.

    *Coffee.
    *Carbs.
    *Hydrate.
    *Marshmallow Shoes.
    *Pie

    Done.

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  9. Sorry but those shoes just made me stop and stare. So if people start staring at you during the walk, it is not because you are dragging your butt along its because of the shoes.

    That is a long walk.....

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  10. All I know is that my mother, who walks 5 miles a day just because, felt a need to train for 3 months prior to her Avon walk.

    And her daughter, who walks from the house to the car, felt she was nuts.

    Just sayin'.

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  11. Can we sponsor you and your marshmallows?

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    1. Please! My marshmallows and I welcome sponsorship. The Avon Walk link in the first paragraph of the post should take you right to my donation page. Thanks!

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  12. At this point, just run 'em over. Can't hurt, right?

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  13. So impressed that you are taking on an edeavour like that! And here I am fussing about whether or not to do a 5k! Ack! I sound like such a wimp! Best of luck!

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