I love to walk.
It gives me time to breathe, time to decompress, time to be outside, and it’s good for me. My love for walking was inspired by my Mom when I was a little girl – my short little legs would try to keep up with her legs (which now, relative to mine, are short and little – haha), and we’d walk all over the neighborhood. It was our special time. My long walks continued all the way into my adult life where I’ll never forget seeing Travis down by the Marina Green before we had started dating. I was power walking, he was running. Later that week he sent me an email and made fun of me for “skipping.” Hey, he fell in love with that skipper. 🙂 All I know is that all my walking (or skipping) kept me in great shape, kept me healthy, and most importantly, kept me happy.
Now that I have three kids of my own, we’re already going on walks together and exploring our neighborhood. The girls love it. Every Saturday, we go on a “family adventure.” Mommy and Daddy push the BOB and the Double BOB, get some exercise (running around Lake Merritt), and then take the girls to the playground and to lunch. I can only hope our girls discover a love for walking and for exercise like I did at a young age.
If it’s fun, it never feels like a chore.
I have to say though, for as much as I’ve recently enjoyed running with Travis, I’ve officially sidelined myself because of a nagging knee. Unfortunately, my “good knee” has become my “bad knee.” Back to skipping – I mean walking – I go…and I’m actually pretty excited because now I have these new shoes from Vionic.
They’re made with Orthaheel Technology, which is a biomechanic orthotic footbed that naturally aligns your feet and may help to relieve heel pain by reducing over-pronation. They’re even supposed to help with knee pain (thank goodness). I’ve been wearing them around for a couple days now and while I was a little skeptical at first (the orthotic footbed takes a little time to get used to), I’m really enjoying them now. They’re very comfortable and I love the color I picked out (as do the girls). 🙂
I personally feel like the width of the shoe is a little much for me, but that’s compared to my Nike Free’s which are super narrow and honestly, not terribly supportive. Knowing that these shoes are potentially going to help prevent and alleviate pain makes me care a whole lot less about them being a little wider than I like. Fingers crossed that the combination of me walking more, running less, and wearing these shoes will improve my knee pain in the coming days.
And with all this talk about walking, I wanted to share some info on the Vionic Walkabout Challenge in the month of February. In essence, it encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle by walking everyday for 30 days (for as little as 30 minutes) – easy right?
By pledging to participate in this challenge, you can even win some prizes. Everything from shoes to cookbooks, and the grand prize is a trip to Napa (yes, please!). Signing up is super simple and participating is easy (not to mention good for you).
Here’s a link to read more about the initiative and to sign up :: 2015 Vionic Walkabout