This morning taught me such a valuable lesson. As I was preparing to go into the city I decided.... You know what.... I am going to dress comfortable and in sport clothes... Maybe I will meet up with a running friend and pound the asphalt for a few miles or work out on the gym with some friends... But when I went to put on my only pair of running shoes I thought for a minute.... Wow they are really nasty looking... I have ran in them all winter through the snow, ice and mud... What was once nice white and pink is now brown ripped up and maybe tripled in weight because of the extra dirt and mud... I love my shoes.... We have bonded over these past two years... Spent alot of time together and so I went against my nature and not worrying what others thought and left them home!!!!
WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!
So I choose a dusty pair of "leisure shoes" which I haven't worn much and now I am reminded why!
I tied on my decision, grabbed my back pack and headed out the door for the 1.5 km walk to the train station...
I didn't get more than 5 minutes from home and my feet felt like they were being tortured... My toes were going numb... The back of my heels were being rubbed with every step and I could feel the blisters growing....
WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!
So I had to make a decision... Turn back home and get my trusty running shoes who make my feet smile and probably miss my train OR press on towards the station and try to accommodate with the way I walk..... Again....
WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!
I probably looked to the people I passed on the side walk like a sick...weird person because with every step I cringed my face because of the pain.. And I was walking as if I had stepped on glass trying to find a better way to maybe avoid the pain..... I tried to loosen my laces.... That didn't help. I tried to tighten them as much as I could hoping to stop my feet from moving and rapid growth of nasty blisters on my feet....
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
The moment of truth had arrived and why I didn't do this early makes me question myself! I took off these awful shoes and had immediate relief. Not only did the pain stop but it has been months since I have walked outside barefoot. I was advocating running barefoot in the summer and loved doing as much as I could.
Today feels like the warmest day we have had in months and I believe it's still in the low 40's F. But no snow, no ice and dry side walks.... I felt awesome and my feet felt even better. Now the looks I was getting going down the side walk didn't matter because for me it felt like nothing could get better!!!
I did make some nasty blisters that will hang around for a few days as a reminder of my bad decision.. But I am thankful I took those shoes off and am now debating of whether leaving on the train or throwing them in the trash so they don't hurt anyone else???
So the story doesn't end there. I also normally like to leave for the train station with enough time to sit there and maybe have a cup of coffee while calming waiting for my train to arrive and definitely not be late and end of running to catch the train... I am sure you are able to connect my events to guess where my story is leading.
I left the house 5 minutes later than I wanted to because I needed to get some more kisses from Micha and put him a different cartoon on that he was insisting on watching.
I like to give myself 20 minutes to walk to the station... Remember it's only 1.5 km. but now I was down to 15 minutes....
All of the stopping with these evil shoes... Loosening, tightening... Taking the off.... took time on my journey. I kicked my walk into high gear and actually made it to the train station 6 minutes before my train would arrive so I felt good. I bought my ticket and then had to decide which path to take to get to the platform???
I must admit I normally don't break the rules when it comes to safety. But I admit at the train station I prefer to just walk straight out the door of the station and cross the tracks and waaa laaaa I am back up on the far platform in less than one minute... I had about 4 minutes left after taking time to buy my ticket and had to decide... Take the stairs down and through the tunnel and come up or just cross the tracks and save time and walking? I am not recommending this because it can be dangerous ifI were to fall or didn't pay attention if other trains were passing by... So I hopped down onto the tracks and was right back up where I needed to be with time to wait... I think one day the station manager will blow her whistle at me and point for me to take the correct route.... But I think until that day comes I will keep doing what I am doing.
I think it's best we follow rules and ways of doing things most of the time. They were created obviously for a reason because I couldn't imagine all people young and old hopping down on the tracks ducking incoming trains to get where they need to go. I for sure always take the right way when walking with Micha and would never risk putting his life in jeopardy.
Am I the only one bending rules like this?
The train I am on is one of my favorites. To some you may look at these pictures and say... WHY? Well let me tell you..
There are two trains every hour that run from my town into Brno. Brno is the largest city near by and I believe the second largest city in Czech.
The train I normally like to take for time reasons takes 34 minutes one way with only two stops!
The train I am on today takes one hour but I really like it. It usually is less crowded and I like the open seating as you can see in the pictures. I always choose the seat to the left of the train and the last one in the cart... It's my little space for an hour.
The 34 minute train is broken into small cabins that seats comfortably 4 but we are usually squeezed in and 6 to 8 of us sit together.I just don't like it as much because its more closed in and sometimes the people you sit with my be sick, talk super loud on their cell phone the entire trip, drink liters of beer and look sad maybe just stare at you... Really it's not that bad and never something uncomfortable but if I have my choice I like the slow open spaced train!
Here are some pictures of my little space!!!! I made a hot cup of English breakfast tea in my mug, have my favorite granola cookies with hazelnut and of course tissues because I have wonderful allergies...:) oh yes I can also prop my feet up on my opposite seat if no one is needing to sit down.
Traveling here in Europe is always an adventure. I love to see the variety of people on the trains and am thankful for really good public transportation. It's cheap, reliable and makes it easy to get where ever you need to go. I know it would be a long difficult process but I wish trains, trams and more buses were available to connect the US!
A couple of cool updates!
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More exciting news... I will be in the US the first week of April for speaking events on a US military base and a major University. If you have wanted to see me or would like to book me to come speak please fill out the contact form in the "contact" section of the website or shoot me an email.
I hope to find a 5k race to go out to as well so if you go have any ideas please let me know!
Have an awesome day and don't be afraid to go barefoot and make your feet happy!!!
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