Archive for March, 2010

More new shoes.

29 March 2010

[This post has been adapted from the most recent post on my blog at the 3-Day website.  To view my page there, go to and search for my name]

On Saturday, I went to a walking clinic and a short, 2.5-mile training walk. It was great! It was really amazing to meet other walkers, each with his or her own reason for doing the walk. One survivor in our group had just finished treatment two weeks ago! She felt a little tired by the end of the 2.5 miles, but she made it!  Plus, the time goes by quickly when you are talking to other people and getting to know them!

The clinic afterward was at a running store, and the guys there were able to watch us each walk barefoot and tell us what kind of shoes would be best for us. I have a mild overpronation, which if you know feet means that my shoes tend to be worn down at the outside of the heel and I need a shoe with some arch support. So they recommended a shoe for me, and it is indeed a very comfortable shoe!  The women in the group I had just walked with all approved it as well, commenting that the shoes matched my outfit!  And since I am supposed to bring two pairs of broken-in shoes on the walk in October, I figured I would get them.

I had them hold the shoes for me, as I had a gift card I wanted to use, and today I picked them up. I am looking forward to better weather before using them, though…they are lightweight running shoes with a lot of mesh, and will let my feet get soaked in the rain!  It is supposed to stop raining by Wednesday…

Anyway, I have walked nearly 25 miles in training so far.

These are the new shoes: Etonic Kendari in 7 wide.  For reference, behind them is one of my trusty Merrills that I love, but which I fully expect to wear out this summer with training.

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Spring training

21 March 2010

I have a feeling training in the Spring is going to be a lot more pleasant than Summer training later this year.

The weather has been beautiful this weekend and we have been taking advantage. I have been walking, and Greg has been gardening. Today I saw two magnolia trees in full bloom, a lot of magnolias in bud and partial bloom, many crocuses, tiny daffodils smaller than crocuses, pansies, and lots of people out working in their gardens! This was on a walk of about 3.5 miles, which I did in a little over an hour. It was a good walk!

On Friday I took a personal day from school to attend the NSTA convention in Philadelphia. I planned ahead to get of the train at University City, so I would have a two mile walk to the Convention Center before attending any events. All worked perfectly, and I wore my pedometer to count my steps. It is half a mile between my house and the train station, adding another mile to my day’s total. The one thing is I can’t figure is how far I walked on the floor of the vast exhibit hall, or going back and forth between sessions at the convention center, the Marriott, and the Loews Hotel. I am guessing, since my pedometer read 17914 at the end of the day that I must have gone at least an extra 2 miles while at NSTA, but I cannot truly tell.

Saturday I had initially planned to attend NSTA, but after the past several weekends being very busy and really only “1-day” weekends, I decided to give myself a 2-day weekend and stayed home.  I managed to get in 40 minutes of DDR, and a LOT of good sleep!  I feel much better for all the extra sleep!  Last weekend I was at our local AAPT meeting on Saturday, the weekend before that I spent all day Saturday in Brooklyn with Science Bowl, the weekend before that I enjoyed my friend Sarah’s company on Sunday, and the weekend before that was Physics Olympics on Saturday.  So even though I am looking forward to Spring Break next week (starts March 27!), I felt like I really needed two days of weekend. It was great!

Now if only I had finished all this grading…

PS: you can keep track of my walking training on my new Training Log page.  Click on the link on the upper right when you are on the home page!


9 March 2010

This evening I had a country dancing gig with the performance team of the dance group I belong to.  We earn money for our dance group by performing English Country Dancing at senior centers, summer colonial festivals, “Washington slept here” houses, and the occasional ice cream social.  For once, the gig was actually near home, at a community center only 1.6 miles away according to Google Maps walking directions.  Yes, they do walking directions in addition to driving directions!

So I walked there, did the dances I was in (which is exercise in itself) and then walked home!  When you do an exercise that isn’t what you are training for (dancing as opposed to walking), it is cross-training.  It is an important part of my training schedule!  I am looking forward to adding DDR as cross training, hoping to add in another zumba class at school, and swimming in the summer.

3.2 miles for the day logged.

Total miles walked in training to date: about 5

Around the block

8 March 2010

NOTE: This blog entry also appears on my Susan G. Komen 3-day for the cure page.  Click on “Please Donate!” at the end of this post to see it there and to make a donation!  Thank you!

OK, so I am still not walking very far. But the snow is mostly gone, the sun is visible later in the day, and I bought a new pair of walking shoes on last week. They arrived today so I took them for a spin.

These are “Nordic walking shoes” with “dorsiflexion technology” by Springboost (, and while I probably won’t actually use poles (as Nordic walkers do)while walking these are definitely heavy-duty walking shoes. There is a very lug-ful outer sole made of vibram, so the traction will be very good and if I ever step in dog doo it will take forever to clean it off. There are two interchangeable inner soles, one for 0° and one for 2° walking angle. The pamphlet advises starting out for a couple of weeks at 0 and then switching to 2, which puts your heel closer to the ground then your toes while standing and supposedly improves your posture and works more muscles. Whatever. I got them on sale. The shoelace system is a little over-complicated, but I really like the top lace-grommets, which are shaped to let you pull the lace through easily and then grip the lace before you tie them.

I meant to go just around the block but I got a little excited and went around several blocks. I could definitely feel my calf muscles being stretched even with the 0° insoles, and I felt them a lot when I went up a mild hill. But then, I also did not stretch before walking and I am out of shape.

So the conclusion? I will have to walk some more in these shoes, but there are pluses and minuses. They are very toasty shoes, probably from being waterproof, and they are a little tight (my feet are wide) so they are probably not “all-day” shoes for the 3-Day unless it pours on one or more days. They feel very supportive and I like the idea of exercising more muscle groups, whether it is really that effective or not. I did manage to get them for $100 off the original price, or I probably never would have bought them.

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3 March 2010
Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day for the Cure!

What it says above.  I’ll be walking 60 miles in October and I am trying to raise $3000.  You can donate by clicking the “DONATE” button above.

I wrote a post in my walking blog on my official 3-day web page.  It says, in part:

When I was a kid in school, my parents both worked outside the home. They hired babysitters to be at our house when I arrived home from school. I vaguely remember the Puerto Rican girl who loved “I Love Lucy,” but I loved Mrs. Elmer. Mrs Elmer took me ice skating at the Aud, taught me how to take the bus almost anywhere in the city, drew me into Girl Scouts, and was a wonderful person. She had a double mastectomy and was killed by cancer in the late 1970’s. I was so upset when she was sick and in the hospital that I was rude to “Aunt Nellie” who Mrs. Elmer had found to take her place. I have no idea how I was rude, but I remember being grounded for a week.

I have learned that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.  I rather expect to be one of them.  Ten years ago, I had a scare.  My doctor found a lump in my breast and said I had to see a surgeon.  I was seeing an old male gynecologist, and he was very unhelpful and nobody answered my questions at his office, except to tell me that the recommended surgeon was wonderful.

The recommended surgeon was wonderful, as was the nurse practitioner who worked with her, who held my hand as I had a needle biopsy done.  The biopsy found no malignancy, but it did find papillary cells, which have been shown may develop into cancer.  So the lump, a fibroadenoma, had to come out.  Before I had surgery, two lumps were identified in one breast and one in the other, and all were removed.  A couple of years later, I had another (surprisingly fast-growing) lump removed, and my new, younger, female OB-GYN decided I ought to have annual mammograms.  So I have been having them since before I turned 35.

So far, so good.

Susan G. Komen For The Cure is a charity that is very highly rated on Charity Navigator, earning 4 stars (the maximum).  They funded the research that led to the discovery of the BRCA1 gene (breast cancer gene) and are currently funding research into early detection and into preventing metastasis (probably why Mrs. Elmer died), among other areas of research.  This charity has raised $1.2 BILLION since Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister Susan G. Komen that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

Please click on the “DONATE” button above and give what you can.  If you are able, $500 or $100 would be wonderful.  If you are stretched thin, $20 or $15 would be wonderful.  I’m going to train, walk 60 miles and raise $3,000.  What will you do?