Socks, Marathons and Dis-ease

Spring finally arrived in Wyoming and I’ve managed to get out and walk nearly every day lately. My friend Trudy and I are getting ready once again for the half-marathon coming up June 1st. As we walk, I’ve noticed my feet a lot more than I used to. I’m not sure if there is something new with them…I can’t imagine that my feet have morphed in to something different than they’ve been the past several decades (minus the size change of course). My heels hurt all the time right now, which unfortunately can be signs of my Ankylosing Spondylitis rearing its ugly head. I’ve had this issue before, so I recognize it. 

Heel pain as a result of a disease that affect the spine just seems weird to me. I’d rather think my feet are hurting because I’ve managed to pack on some pounds over this very long winter and my feet are telling me to keep moving and burn it off! But with the tell-tale morning pain and stiffness in my lower spine, and now some hip pain as well…I guess it’s time to consider going to the doctor. Considering….that’s all for now.

What does any of this have to do with socks I’m sure you are wondering…well, I decided part of my challenge when doing our 2+ mile walks is my socks don’t fit right and my feet sweat (gross!)…these are things that can lead to blisters as well as my inability to get through my half-marathon without a great deal of unnecessary pain. 

On a whim, I decided to Google “running socks” and was rewarded with nearly 31,000,000 results in .28 seconds. “Googling” totally beats the old days of going in to my dining room, plopping on the floor in front of the bookcase filled with the entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica (raise your hand if you grew up with those!) sliding a heavy book out and flipping the thin, crinkly pages looking for an answer. Actually, I do miss those books. I loved sitting on the floor just flipping through random pages, finding out about amazing things I never heard of. Anyway, I digress. Being a relative newbie to the world of people that exercise, I never expected the topic of “Running Socks” to be so popular! Of course many of the listings are for websites that sell socks. Imagine – entire stores and websites devoted ONLY to socks! How is a gal going to find what she needs when a cornucopia of sock options are presented to her???

Thankfully toward the top of the list was a reference to the website for the magazine Runner’s World which contained a story – cue the dramatic entry music….da da dummmmm…. Choose the Right Running Socks - Brilliant!!! A helpful article with socks for different types of running, how they work and why. I never knew socks could be so complicated! 

I visited the sites that had the socks that seemed to meet my requirements (fit my size 10s comfortably without slipping and wick away sweat for 13 mile walks/runs). I don’t think my needs are that complicated, but it still took me two a days of visiting websites, analysis and a final decision this morning. For the girl that usually buys a 10-pack of socks from WalMart for $5.99 – buying a pair for $15 was a bit of challenge.  I took a deep breath, got on the floor to stretch my back a bit, rubbed my sore heels, thought about my impending 3 mile walk tonight…and clicked “Order.” I have enough time to test these socks out a few times before the half-marathon to decide if I like them or if I need to visit my second choice. 

Time will tell…. 

In the meantime, I’l keep moving and walking and wait anxiously for Fed-Ex to show up with my new socks!

Living in northeast Wyoming, many families have been here since their grandparents homesteaded only about 100+ish years ago. Coming across abandoned buildings isn’t uncommon. There are actually quite a few abandoned homesteads right around where I live. I photographed this homestead while out and about on a Sunday drive while a rather large wildfire was clogging up the skies.

Abandoned Homestead

Check out the challenge here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/photo-challenge-abandoned/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned