Walk with Bob: The Equipment for Brisk Walking
By Bob Moore
As the sun peeks through the trees, I finish running in place for 30 seconds, take and blow out a big breath, yawn, push START on my running app, and it’s a go. I have started every day since June 12, 2006 with a brisk walk. I will walk two miles in less than 40 minutes this morning as I do almost every day. Rarely do I walk less than 40 minutes and about every three months I will do a 5K (3.1 miles).
The weather determines what I wear. Cold weather demands dressing in layers, rain demands putting on rain gear, and hot weather lets me wear only what modesty demands. It is a no brainer. I have gloves, ear muffs, and scarfs in a sack that is handy.
The most important decision is choosing the right type of shoe to be a BRISK WALKER. The decision is right up there with buying a house or a car. Take your time, do it right. We all have different feet. My heel is a bit skinny, the arch is wide and sort of flat, the ball is spread out and hard from eighty-three years of wear, tear, and abuse, and the toes need space because they are weird.
I went to a store that sells equipment, clothes and shoes to athletes. This is no time to look for a sale or go to a big box store. The sales associates have special training before they fit shoes and most are athletes. My first experience was neat. I felt the associate was more doctor than sales clerk. He gave names to my tootsie parts I cannot say, much less spell. I tried on seven pair of running shoes. I walked around briskly in every pair. Different personnel asked me questions as I toured the store. One pair felt like a pair of old boots. They felt good. We never talked brand, style or color until I found “MY RUNNING SHOE.” Today I have three pair in use all the time. Each pair goes about 500 miles before retirement. I rotate every day, and wear them at least 80 percent of the time. As of this day these feet have done over twenty-six million steps of mostly brisk walking and most of that in running shoes.
Socks are another important piece of equipment. The length is a personal preference, but cotton socks are a major cause of blisters. Running socks have different weaves and thickness in the toe, heal and arch.
Brisk Walking 20 to 40 minutes a day will lower the risk of almost every sickness, illness and chronic disease, so I will see you in your good looking running socks and shoes when we are on our daily BRISK WALK.