The Avon Walk Saga

It’s now about four and a half weeks until the Houston Avon Walk (26.2 miles on Saturday/13.1 miles on Sunday…or close to that), and I have been through a crazy amount of training difficulties.

First, shoes. I needed new ones. I got the wrong ones, and I was getting blisters and sore feet…

So I went back to my old shoes and walked ten miles. Mistake. Then I had foot “issues.” To the point that I was icing my feet and taking prescription strength ibuprofen.

Then training stopped. Dog-walking stopped and I rested.

I went to a running store and got fitted for shoes but they kinda hurt my arches in testing them out inside my house, so I was afraid to wear them out.

When two weeks past with limited improvement on the “issues”, I went to the podiatrist. I was told (happily) that everything looked good, that I’d probably just overused my feet. (That strikes me as hilarious.) I was put on a steroid treatment and sent on my way.

I went back to the running store, was given a lecture (a nice one) and was told to wear them outside, then come back with my “wear-patterns” and they’d reassess and replace the shoes if need be.

Sunday I walked three miles, no issues. Yesterday I walked four and a half miles, no issues but a slightly sore leg. Today I walked four and a half miles (around the mall…pic is me at the Easter Bunny’s digs) with no issues.

Thursday is a big day. We are supposed to walk eight miles to a tea room, where our stinky selves will have lunch before walking home. I think I’m going to have to get a ride home. I’m not sure I’m ready for that distance.

I hope I’m back on track. I’ve had enough drama.

Posted in life on 03/20/2012 05:55 pm


  1. That’s awesome that you just keep going!

  2. Spring hit and we’re doing a lot of walking with the baby. I’m still using last years shoes and I’m feeling it. Hopefully you are back on track, Alyssa.

  3. I’m jealous of your fortitude. Walking eight miles for tea is admirable. Now if it was for gelato? I’d be there. Go you!

  4. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    WALK ON!

  5. What a shame. You poor thing. I got blisters walking last week. Forgot to double sock.

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