Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Walking 60-miles is Hard!

I've been reading a lot of blog posts from folks who are experienced 3-day Walkers.  Most of the time they are very upbeat, inspiring and motivating.  Recently, a few have been talking about just how hard walking the 60 miles is.  I am extremely happy I signed up in January so I'd have almost an entire year to train and get in shape for it.  I'm being told by experienced walkers that even those who train and do everything they are supposed to find the event daunting and difficult.  If you wish to get a glimpse of what I'm talking about, meander over to Leanne's blog and read her excellent post about the 57th mile.

I find hearing this kind of truth refreshing.  And a little scary.  And a challenge.  And I dread doing it.  And I'm excited to do it.  I would ALWAYS prefer to know just how hard something I'm signing up to do is going to be.   I think it prepares me better.  I know that the training is not just about getting my body ready, it's also about getting my mind, my heart and my spirit ready for this.  When I despair about trying to do more fundraising, on the days I need to get a walk in and don't really want to do it, it's blog posts like that, as much if not more than the solely positive upbeat ones that keep me on track to do just a little bit more.

And perhaps this topic isn't the right place to mention it as I probably just scared a bunch of you away, but maybe this kind of honesty about how tough this journey is going to be is EXACTLY where I should mention it.  I've signed up to Captain a 3-day team for the San Diego walk.  I am currently the only member of that team, so I'm hoping some of you reading this might consider joining me (a couple of you know who you are!)  Between April 12-23, you can get a $25 discount on the 3-day registration fee as long as you sign up to be on a team at the same time using the promotion code: GOTEAM    My team is called Passionate Pink.   If you wish to join it, go to my participant page: http://www.the3day.org/goto/margie_dowens and click on the button that says "Register to Join Margie's Team".  Don't forget to enter the promotion code during your sign up.

If you want more information about any of this, please email me at starwarsfangirl at yahoo dot com.  I know some of you out there are thinking about it.  Make it happen.  Be the change you want to see in the world!

Fundraising: Total: $2,735.00
Training:2 miles in 41 minutes, 1 hour of tap class
Total miles to date: 176.8


  1. You are so awesome, Margie. I'm like you, I like to know how hard something is going to be. It's better to have all of the information. Of course everyone's experience is different, but there's no doubt that it's going to be hard. Dig deep because mile 57 is tough, but you can do it and it feels so good to be at mile 60!

  2. Leanne, you are awesome and an inspiration. Thank you again for sharing your experience and your insights.