POST 3-Day/60 Mile Walk
I'm back from the 3-Day/60 Mile Walk and I feel great (kinda.)!!!!!! I went with my team, "Boob Patrol", and camped out with one of the girls, Julie.
Turns out the route was longer than 60 miles. I heard from a couple different people and crew members that it was between 67 and close to 69 miles. I admit I did not walk every single step of the route. I did, however, walk over 60 miles and accomplish 63 miles of the route!!!
We walked through Schiller Park, Mount Prospect, Park Ridge, Norridge, Des Plaines, River Grove, Chicago and so on....
Opening ceremony was emotional and it was amazing to see all the walkers with their shirts and carrying signs of the people they were there walking for (either survivors of BC or those who lost the battle with BC). There was man there who was walking for his wife who passed away from BC 6 months ago and a woman who was there to walk for her mom who had BC but turns out she was diagnosed with it herself a month ago.
I was amazed at the people in the residential areas that would come out of their houses and cheer you on as you passed by and offer you water, ice, candy, etc. There were designated "Cheering Stations" where people gathered to cheer you on, hand out stuff to you and it truly helped to keep you going knowing there were people there who supported and cared about what you were doing and how you were doing.
The 3 days were hot as hell and pretty much all the walking was in the blazing sun. I was drenched in water most of the time just to keep cool. Aside from the hot sun, it downpoured in my tent Sunday morning at 3am and everything of ours got soaked...yeah.
The last day, I had to take a break from some of the walking just because I didnt want to overdo it and injure myself where I wouldnt be able to work Wednesday. Both my ankles are sore and weak and I pulled my left groin muscle. Motrin, Ice and Bengay were my best friends this weekend too! All that considered, I am doing pretty well. No muscle soreness and mre importantly...NO BLISTERS! (My friend Julie taught me to goop up my feet with vaseline at every pit stop which saved my feet...and actually a few women complimented me on my feet on the last day when they saw them!)
Crossing the finish line and getting my victory shirt was great. Watching other cross the line was really touching too. I saw a woman in her 60's who was a BC survivor cross the finish line crying as she did it with her 5 grandkids around her. I saw a man cross while wearingn a shirt that said, "For 43 years of marriage I walked WITH her. For 3 days I walk FOR her"
Throughout the weekend I met great men and women. I saw some women's mastectomy scars. I met an older women who you could easily tell had only one breast with her clothing on and I smiled when she was explaining to other people that she doesn't care to wear a fake breast in the other part of the bra because she "simply had a mastectomy and damn it, it is what it is and I don't need to hide it"
I also had been talking briefly to a girl over the weekend who was about 27 or so and I found out the very last day that he was a breast cancer survivor. I was amazed. Walkers were men (a lot of men actually) and women. Walkers were there walking for the cause itself, walking for loved ones who lost or survived breast cancer or walking for themselves after surviving breast cancer.
This was a truly awesome experience that I do not regret. I look forward to getting involved with Breast Cancer Awareness and related activities next year.
Thank you to EVERYONE (All you CLSB people rock!!!) who donated and supported me in this event....I can never truly relay how much it is all appreciated.