Life Update-What I Wore

Do you remember hearing that walking is the gentlest exercise and anyone can do it? Apparently, not always. It turns out that I’ve injured myself by suddenly walking way too much. How embarrassing is that?

Apparently, walking hills, along the seawall every day, rapid pool walking, then stair climbing in quick succession is out of my comfort zone. I’ve strained something down the front of my shin which is very painful so I saw my daughter’s physical therapist on Tuesday. He did some excruciating things to my leg, gave me some stretches to do at home, and put me on ice/heat/rest/Advil on repeat, and told me to chill.


I did for one day then we decided to drive out to the UBC area yesterday and hit a sale. It was sunny warm and relaxing. We had vegan, gluten-free pizza on an outside patio, then hit Murchie’s.

I wore my cushy sneakers and walked slowly to stock up on our favorite tea that we usually pay to ship home to California. I also bought several other goodies that were not included in the sale. Am I the only person who does that?


I found a tea cozy for my pot and lots of other great things…that I did not need. Shopping as therapy does have its benefits. My local tea shops at home are just not this well-stocked. The weather is amazing here so we are soaking up as much time outside as possible.


It’s bizarre. I’m doing plenty of online exercises. Yoga classes, lifting lightweights, and using exercise bands…but walking in the wrong shoes… have done me in. Luckily, I have a book to finish so I plan to enjoy the view from our apartment and chill so I can heal quickly and not ruin the rest of our vacation.

Have you ever hurt yourself doing something as simple as walking?




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  1. Kathy Small
    August 11, 2021 / 12:10 pm

    Your Post today was positively psychic! I am hobbling after walking a mile yesterday through the SF Airport. I pulled something near my inside foot area, along with pain on outer bottom of foot. Hope we will both be back to walking soon. I have tried every shoe brand imaginable, and nothing seems to work for walking more than a block or two. Please do a series on shoes that work!!

    • Jennifer
      August 11, 2021 / 2:15 pm

      Ouch, I’m sorry, that sounds so painful. I will be searching for shoes. Women need comfy ones that give support but look attractive.

  2. Jacqueline
    August 10, 2021 / 7:13 am

    I tore my meniscus just climbing into bed! Yep, not doing anything but trying to go to bed! It really messed up my walking routine. Better now but I have to take it slow, especially on the up and downhills.

    • Jennifer
      August 10, 2021 / 7:19 am

      Ouch, that sounds painful

  3. Mary
    August 8, 2021 / 3:30 pm

    Similar story. Many years ago was shopping in a mall, wearing flats. Sudden pain out of the blue, and a visit to a podiatrist resulted for a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis . I was told no flat shoes, no high heels, and given a prescription orthotics. I later found Mephisto shoes- many, but not all of their shoes provide excellent support. However, with my high arches I also need good cushioning, especially for walking all over Europe. . I currently have Mephisto ( good support but not cushioning) and Clarks sandals, Clarkes Cloudstepper booties, Romika sandals, Ecco sneakers, and Sketchers Archfit. Also some sneakers recommended at a runners shoe store, Wave Rider 22 with their recommended shoe insert Currex Med Profile RunPro. I have a few other shoes not as good for my feet, but I only wear them for short spells, and when I’ll be doing little walking. As a result I haven’t had any pain in years.

    To recover, try filling a 2 liter soda bottle with water and freezing it. It’s great to roll under your aching arches. There are also podiatrist recommended stretches I found helpful.

    It takes time to recover. Don’t expect to enjoy walking for a few weeks. So sorry you have to deal with this!

  4. joni
    August 8, 2021 / 6:26 am

    Hope your leg is on the mend. I’ve had to baby my feet for about 20 years now but love love love to walk everywhere. I have to wear runners for over pronation or I’m doomed. I’ve developed heel spurs from having chronic fasciitis so being careful is my first and last name. But I do struggle because I love style but hate the look of runner. Still, if I don’t wear them I’m in trouble. I only wear Brooks Adrenaline gts. On a good note, I have discovered some of the Vionic styles are okay for walking a mile or two. Love what you’re wearing in the photos. Glad to see you got out and about again. Being stuck with our feet up can make us stir crazy!

  5. Beth
    August 7, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    What is your favorite Murchies tea? I love you in blue…looks great on you!
    Have fun and recover soon! 😎

    • Jennifer
      August 7, 2021 / 7:38 pm

      My favorite morning tea is their Darjeeling Blend. In the afternoon it’s the Earl Grey Cream. In the evening it’s the caffeine-free, Carrot Cheesecake

  6. Char
    August 6, 2021 / 3:22 pm

    My goodness, everyday life–walking!–brings on its challenges. Hope your recovery turns out to be no more than a little life detour. I empathize, now in week 13 of a femur fracture when during an errand my Gentle Souls sandal rolled sideways and I lost balance. Time to reconsider each day’s footwear, to turn around more slowly, and to be seriously mindful of each step and each activity. Bone and joint health is an interesting study. Your vacation sounds like a relaxing and lovely diversion. Heal well.

    • Jennifer
      August 7, 2021 / 9:50 am

      I’m so sorry, Char. I know just how excruciating that is. I cracked mine in two places after a fall several years ago.Feel better soon

  7. Ellen
    August 6, 2021 / 7:18 am

    Yes, pandemic walking sidelined me with an injury, now recovered.
    Vionics and Naot – Kayla sandal is quite soothing, an all-purpose winner in my book. Many colors, goes almost anywhere. Perfect for vacation.
    Replace walking shoe footbeds with supportive orthotics (eg Power Step) – running stores are a good source of recommendation.
    Take care and feel better soon.

    • Jennifer
      August 6, 2021 / 9:48 am

      Thanks for the referrals, Ellen. I will have to try Naot. Are your Power Step orthotics available without an RX?

      • RoseAG
        August 7, 2021 / 4:31 am

        Another PowerStep fan.
        They were recommended to me by my Podiatrist and can be ordered on Amazon.
        They’re great for keeping your foot/arch supported so the impact of walking doesn’t ripple back up into your shins.
        When you start getting older they aren’t quite as quick to recover as they once were, and supporting them properly is a big help.

      • Jennifer
        August 7, 2021 / 10:00 am

        Thank you Rose. I’m going to order some today.

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