Thursday, October 20, 2011

3-Day Update

You might remember {or have contributed to} Mom and I are walking the 
Susan G Komen 3-day for the Cure this November.
As in, next month. 
29 days, to be exact.

Two goals:
1. Raise $2300 each --- CHECK!
2. {train to} Walk 60 miles in three days... {In Process}

Again, I am SO thankful to all of my family and friends, old and new, who supported me financially in this endeavor. Breast cancer is SO prevalent in our society, and every dollar raised makes a difference in the fight to find a cure, educate women, and diagnose and treat EARLY. 

As for training, we are kicking it into high gear now that we're getting down to the wire.

Mom and I have been walking our behinds off these past few weekends!
{except for last weekend, when I sat by the pool all day while she walked 18 miles up and down the coast}
Our together-walks have been mostly weekend mornings. 
The last two we did together: 12 miles Saturday followed by 7 miles Sunday.
The next weekend, 9.5 miles Saturday and 6.5 miles Sunday.
Mom last weekend: 18 miles Saturday and 5 miles Sunday {she rocks}

This weekend... 17 miles Saturday. {not sure how many Sunday yet}
My mom is such a good sport to walk so far two weeks in a row with me.

How am I feeling?

I'm excited at this amazing opportunity.
I'm nervous at the thought of walking through exhaustion and blisters and such.
I'm motivated by my mom's commitment.
I'm humbled by the stories I've heard from fellow women and walkers and their connection to breast cancer.
I'm thankful for health and the opportunity to walk with my mom while we can.
I'm amazed by God's grace and the intricacies of His creation.
I'm awestruck at the details I notice when I'm walking that I would never see from my driver's seat.
I'm blessed by the extra time I've gotten to spend with my mom.

It's crazy how many emotions can be felt in such a short period of time.
I know the walk will be the culmination of all the efforts and all the emotions.

This is a life changer.
I can't wait!

A few photos from some recent walks
{they aren't perfect or very many since i'm trying not to interrupt walks too often to stop, turn fanny pack, take out camera case, take out camera, turn on camera, frame photo, snap picture, check picture, put camera back in case, zip up fanny pack, re-situate fanny pack, continue walking... that adds a lot of minutes ;)}

{comment about below photo: yes... i recognize my fanny pack is lopsided. 
i am still trying to locate the perfect second water bottle to balance it out. 
then it will be just right.}
 {we'll be ready by November 18th... don't worry... ;-) }

"The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
Isaiah 58:11

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