The first walk was part of my San Jose Fit group. This picture shows most of the walking group (at least those that showed up at 7:30 AM on a non-perky Saturday). In addition to us walkers there are four running groups - about 500 people all together. We are quite a force on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. And probably a big disappointment to the Friday night bars.
Next week we walk six miles, adding a mile per week until we get to thirteen miles. There is also homework to do during the week. For example, I'm supposed to walk 2.5 miles on Monday, four miles on Wednesday, and three miles on Thursday. It's a bit challenging to find time and motivation to get this done, but so far it's been working out.
After a bit of a rest, Mrs Notthat, Idiot Dog Teddy, and I headed out to The Baylands trails in Palo Alto for a walk. The Boy and I had been there several times to ride bikes, but this was the first time to walk with the idiot dog. It's a nice change from Bayfront Park where we normally go. I've posted a picture before about this telephone pole farm in the park - it's so odd looking.
Today is a walk-free day. So we went shoe shopping.
We had both been strongly encouraged to go to a real running shoe store and have a professional poke at our feet and pick out some shoes for us. After walking on a pressure pad and then making a video on a treadmill, the professional told us exactly what sort of shoe we needed (white-ish with weird stripes).
Eventually we each settled on a pair, picked out some space-age socks and healthy jelly beans, and were done. I spent more money on this pair of shoes than my last four pair combined (I tend to be a bit cheap as you all have probably worked out by now), so this was not an easy process for me. But the last thing I want is a blister or some other shoe-related injury, so it seems worth it. And now that we know what sort of shoe we need, we will each be able to better take advantage of sales in the future.
Although I think my days of $19 shoes are over.
That's it - move along...