So let me do a list of my advice and let you know my take on it now...
Socks and Shoes - Well last year I wrote that I wished I had a better back up pair of shoes that were a completely different brand/style that I could wear like day 2 of the event so as to hopefully reduce blisters since the different shoes would rub in different spots. Well this year I do have a much better back up pair (the pair I've done my training in). But something I did differently this year was to go to a running shoe store to get professionally fitted for my shoes. While I was there I asked the salesperson (and this gave her the perfect opportunity to sell me another pair for another $100!) whether or not she thought this would help, based on her experience. She said it would be more helpful to buy a new pair of shoes within weeks of the event with just enough time to break them in but not wearing them more than that to keep them in "prime" condition for the event. That and buying good socks should be the best blister prevention. So only time will tell whether this advice will work better for me this year. And I am really having a hard time finding socks I like. Thick cushioned socks start giving me "hot spots" on the ball of my foot. Thin socks give me "hot spots" on my heel. Sigh. So I am going with changing my socks from thick to thin and back again throughout each day, bringing 2-3 pairs with me each day of the walk in my pack (in individual sealed baggies to keep them dry in case of rain and to have a bag to keep worn ones in so that I don't have to smell them for 60 miles! LOL!) So I'll just have to let you know afterwards whether or not this worked! I will definitely be using my glide and re-using it every time that I change my socks, and will be carrying my new skin just in case...
|me and my fav skirt and funky socks!|
|my pinked out hippack !|
And motrin? - ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! I take this every 6 hrs for 3 days straight. It won't hurt, and it just might help!
For camp, I am sticking with my advice as well. I am using my air mattress again. And I hadn't decided at the time I wrote my previous blog, but I am using the same sleeping bag as well. I am however wearing warmer things to bed so I am not as cold while I sleep this time, and still bringing a light but warm extra blanket. I am still bringing a wonderfully comfy pair of slippers to wear around camp after my shower; a pair that I won't mind just throwing away if they get ruined. That was a wonderful feeling, sliding my feet into warm fuzzy slippers... I will also bring all trial sized items again, although I am going to put all of my shower things and my clothes for the evening in a tote bag, so that when it is time for my shower I don't have to go through my stuff to find all the things I will need, I will just pick up the tote and be ready to go. I will not be packing my beloved Milanos for a midnight snack this year however, and I will decide at the last minute (after I see how much my suitcase weighs before and after) whether or not I will be bringing 2 bottles of my beloved Powerade Zero for the first fill of the morning in my water bottles. I will bring pics of my family the people I am walking for that I have pictures of, and my Bible. I think I will get more comfort from them than from Milanos.
And the one thing I am bringing this year that I didn't last year is something for all the beautiful children who came out with their parents to official and unofficial cheering stations. I have purchased some pink Marti Gra beads to hand out this year to them. I gave away the few I was wearing on the walk last year, and the children's faces just lit up when I gave it to them. That was a wonderful moment I want to repeat!
Well it's still 5 1/2 weeks out till the walk, so I could still decide to change things up a little. But for now this is the game plan.
|Oh yeah, did I mention the glasses? Must bring...|