When I started this whole thing, I was pretty happy to learn that my Keen sandals were comfortable to walk in and while I recognize that at some point I will need to get proper walking shoes, equipment really had not occurred to me.
This week, I made a point of going to shop for some items that I felt would be helpful after a month or two of this whole training thing.
I went to the Mountain Equipment Coop. Mainly because they proudly stock Israeli items, including 'The Source' Hydration solutions and also because their customer service has always been excellent and I knew I would be able to ask questions.
First, I went to find a hydration pack. Both of my kids have no idea what happened to theirs from Israel last year and honestly it is so annoying to carry a water bottle or even strap one on and have it banging about on my back.
I was able to pick up an inexpensive Jansport back pack that is super light and has the ability to hold the hydration bladder. Then I picked up a 2 L bladder.
I was able to find some wicking t shirts with the help of a lovely staff member who was so patient...
Which brings to mind another thing. I always feel like people are going to laugh at me because I am almost 300 pounds and even standing in the running section of a store, but no, you know, to a one, every single person I have told has been supportive! I feel like an idiot but they don't think I am an idiot! Its really a lesson for me...
Anyways, between the wicking shirts, the pants i bought a couple of weeks ago (also wicking from Penningtons) and the Hydration pack, I was also motivated to buy a gps watch. It is actually quite a lot easier than the iphone gps thing i was doing and unless I am listening to music or an audiobook, I can leave the phone at home. Tonight was super comfortable !
I forgot, I also went swimming at noon today for around a half hour.
I am about to pass out, I am so tired but I wanted to just say that I am so loving all aspects of this training and the learning process is one which seriously is kind of shocking in how intense lessns of all kinds have been.
I must go to sleep, i don't even think i am making sense!