Oh, My Aching Feet!

Progress Report On My New Healthy Lifestyle:
I ended summer walking every day and with my eating
under control, but I have to admit the last two days have been tough.  Upon entering my second week of teaching, the
work hours got much longer, more junk food was available, and fatigued, my  self- control hit a wall and shattered.
But, it has only been two days, so I plan to get back at it
on Wednesday.   During the end of summer, I faced all kinds of
obstacles with my walking. 
A coyote in the neighborhood…acting funny!

I was charged by two big bucks and a doe  (so sorry there is no video!)

My new very early morning hours have me walking in deep
darkness, and it is hard to see obstacles.

Finally, my feet and one knee began to throb with pain for days.  My husband, who has become an avid runner,
quietly said….YOU NEED NEW SHOES!  I am
someone who loves to shop and purchase new clothes…but not for exercising.  I do not get the point of having expensive
workout clothes…I would rather spend it on REAL clothes!  I confess I also felt that way about
shoes.  But, walking on concrete hills
quickly wore them down.
Mr. B sent me to the NEW BALANCE STORE.  There I entered a cloud of nostalgia where
shoe salespeople cared about waiting on you, measuring your feet, and bringing
you scores of shoes…as it was when I was young and SERVICE was important in
They placed me on a treadmill and watched me walk….put my
feet on an infrared gadget to see when I put the pressure the most when I walk…then
made recommendations based on my level of exercise.  It was great and I felt like I was walking on
a cloud!!  More than a difference…Mr. B
was right!  Service is still the best asset in retail!   I was actually informed that I would need new
shoes every six to eight months and they showed me how to tell when the shoe
was breaking down.
For now, no more knee pain and my feet feel much better….tomorrow,
I am  on the ROAD again with a few
regrets for eating those cookies and one piece of pizza…oh, yes, and the
breakfast taco!


Thank you, NEW BALANCE!!


  1. Yeah for new shoes! I know that I am in the market for a new pair and I'm impressed by the analysis NB has done. I'm wondering if walking with a whistle might not keep the wild life at bay. Happy walking and sticking with your plan.

  2. Good shoes are absolutely imperative if you're going to walk regularly. There are lots of ways to economize on our wardrobes but this is one area where spending the money is well worth it. I'm really impressed by the service and analysis you received at the New Balance store!

  3. Pam
    I live north of San Antonio and get up at 4:30 am to get my run done before I head for work in San Antonio. Yes it is dark and I carry a flashlight with me. And at times I've heard coyotes as our subdivision is surrounded by a ranch. I too have a long day — leave at 7:00 am and return home around 5:45 – 6:00 pm. I definitely understand long days. So whenever you feel that you are the only one up early to exercise, remember there are many others doing the same thing.

  4. I am also trying to walk for exercise and being the same age as you, experience the same aching joints, but will keep going as it is worth the effort! Good to know I am not alone.

  5. Wanted to add I live in South Africa and due to safety reasons have to walk on a treadmill, but imagine myself walking along the beautiful S A coastline with a map, blogging about it as I go along

  6. I love New Balance shoes and second that they do wear out! I am joining you with your daily walking determination although mine is going to include a dog.

  7. Once you know what your foot fit issues are it's easy to peruse the discount racks and spot shoes that address your issue. I'm a pronator and I look for soles with different material at the arch/heel, they put different density material there and it supports your foot/leg as you strike. Note the style name on the box and when you need new ones google around to see if anybody has them for sale.

    My workplace doesn't have a lot of snacks around, we'd have mice in a heartbeat, but I pack my snacks and stick to them to avoid hitting the vending machines in weak moments.

  8. Your post and the comments are inspiring. Early morning blogging has taken me away from my A.M. walks. I live in lower Manhattan
    and used to walk along Battery Park where I coud wink at the Statue of Liberty. (Give me your tired . . .) I am going to begin again knowing others across the country and the world are walking with me. I may even get new shoes!

  9. I need to get back to bike riding. Walking puts a lot of strain on my knees and biking is much easier on them. I had a heck of a time finding shoes that worked for me for walking. Oddly enough the ones that worked best for me were the Keen Venice shoes. I tried NB, Nike, Reebok, and others and had no luck. I am glad you found the right shoes for you.
    It is a challenge to find time to walk when you work. I used to go right after work. I found that even though I was so mentally fatigued the walk would unwind me and make it easier to sleep.
    Good luck!

  10. I have been dealing with feet problems for over a year now and they are FINALLY starting to get better, so I'm very glad you did something early on! It looks like you have super high arches just like me, so I would also recommend finding an arch support that works for you.

    Take care 🙂

  11. Pam i am with you on spending money on not cute items, but i am with the husband on this one
    you have to have good walking shoes and replace them often
    sad, but true!

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