Mileage Possible Over All Three Days: 60; on route: 56.8; in camp: 3.2; My actual mileage: 51.8
Day 0, November 17, 2011
Day 1, November 18, 2011
Mileage possible: 21.5, on route: 20.5, in camp: 1.0, My actual mileage: 21.5
Opening ceremonies is a relatively short presentation, but very moving. I always have to get tissue out. The new national spokesperson, Dr. Sheri Phillips (pictured here), is an incredibly inspiring speaker. She clearly has a passion for this cause. I got a high five from her on the way out of the opening ceremony holding area.
It was awesome to see all the police officers out.
and San Diego PD have officers who volunteer
their time over the three days to keep us safe and they are often quite
entertaining. There’s serious talk that San
Jose will not be
allowed to come back next year. I only
really saw them at opening ceremonies this year, most of the officers on the
route that we ran into were San Jose . But I will not forget that as we were almost
to the point where they scan us out onto the route, one of the (very good
looking) San Diego
officers pointed at me and said, “Whoa, she looks like she might be
dangerous. Need to check you for
weapons, ma’am.” and gave me a brief pat down to hoots and hollers from the
ladies around us. Made me (and many
others) laugh and smile. San Jose
I was scanned out onto the route right around 7:25 AM. I arrived at camp that afternoon at around 4:26 PM. We walked the full mileage for the day, which was 20.5, so we were out on the route for roughly 9 hours. It was an easier first day than last year (you can read my write up of last year, which goes into a lot more detail about the setup of the event, how things run, and what the route is like at http://margiesmagentamiles.blogspot.com/2011/01/susan-g-komen-san-diego-3-day-walk.html). I put the walking feeling easier down partially to the fact that I was able to train more and that I was in better shape this year than I was last year. Some of it is probably that I knew what to expect as well.
I know part of it is because of my awesome teammate. I cannot express how valuable it was to have
with me. She has a quiet demeanor, but was not put off
by my loud boisterous enthusiasm at times.
She is wonderful company and easy to get along with. I’d start slowing down and she’d just
continue to go and it inspired me to pick up my pace to stay with her. Once again, I am convinced I could not have
done as much as I did without her there.
Everything seems better with a friend.
In particular, I remember going up the Torrey Pines Hill on Day 1. I turned my music on to keep my mind off of
how steep it is and I trudged along. I
kept wanting to slow down and she just kept going, and I found I had the
strength and the will to catch up and stay with her. This played out several times over the
weekend. We laughed a lot together. Thank you, Nancy , for being an amazing teammate! Nancy
One thing that was kind of cool was that people recognized my hat. Several walkers stopped me at various points throughout the weekend to thank me for the write up I did of my first walk, and many of them told me that they passed my blog on to all their teammates. It felt good to know that my experience had helped them be more prepared for their walks.
We saw a lot of the same people as I saw last year out cheering us on. Smile Guy and Little Grin were seen several times each day. The woman in her convertible who wore a pink fuzzy coat last year was out there. The gentleman with crazy clothing and a pink beard was out with his pink buffont-haired ladies. The guys wearing bras with small watermelons in them were there. The Barbie Twins were there. And many, many others. There were some young teenage boys wearing bras. There was a woman dressed as Princess Leia (one of my personal favorites). There was a pregnant woman with a hole cut in her shirt so her big belly stuck out, and she painted different saying on her belly each day of the walk. There were families out with their kids. Lots of Girl Scout troops provided treats, or drinks, or coffee. I wish I could list them all. The supporters on this walk are as much a part of it as the walkers and crew are. I can’t imagine doing the walk without them there to cheer me on.
I did not see and very much missed the older couple (I always picture them in green) from last year who just stood by the route and quietly said thank you to us as we passed. I had hoped to be able to stop and tell them how much they had meant to me last year. I get weepy wondering what their connection to the event is and why they were not there this year.
It was wonderful having my phone in a little pouch around my neck that kept it easy to access. A big thanks to my best friend (who also happens to be my sister-in-law) for making it for me. It made it easy to get it out to update our progress and keep everyone in Facebook-land appraised of where we were and how we were doing. I set up the phone to receive the Facebook comments that people left and that was incredibly valuable! It was like having my own personal cheering squad of all of the people who mean the most to me in my pocket.
I figured out how to manage the downhills this year so they were not so hard on me. It took a lot of concentration, but basically involved adjusting so that I could still put my heel down first and then roll from my heel to the ball of my foot with each step. Last year, I mostly did downhill on the balls of my feet which was super hard on my knees and my feet. It made a huge difference to concentrate on that stride.
We stopped for lunch and then kept going. The 20.5 miles was long, but didn’t seem so hard this year. It was the longest walk I’ve ever done and I actually felt pretty good at the end of it!
When we got back to camp, we set up our tent, got our gear in it and then headed over to the showers in semi-trucks. A hot shower is still one of the highlights of the day after the walking. We visited the village, went to dinner, got our stuff organized for the next day and pretty much called it a night.
Mileage possible: 20.8, on route: 19.6, in camp: 1.2, My actual mileage: 12.6
We got up and headed over to have breakfast. Last year, they had sodas (including my morning drink of choice, diet Coke) available at breakfast. This year they didn’t. Had I known, I would have saved a diet Coke from the evening to have with breakfast. I had coffee for my morning caffeine infusion. Breakfast was yummy. Of course, food in general is yummy when you’re walking 20 miles in a single day. I’m always impressed that they can feed so many people with pretty high quality food.
We hit the route a little after 6:45 AM and within just a little while, I was feeling a lot of pain in the soles of my feet. I hoped that walking would ease it, but it started getting worse. I was kind of slow going for the first several miles. Finally, when I hit 5.3 miles at one of the Grab and Go’s I decided that I needed a break. So I jumped on the “Boobie Lift” sweep van which took me the next 2.2 miles to the next Pit Stop.
decided to keep walking and I told her I would wait for her to arrive at the
Pit Stop. Nancy
As I waited, I discovered that I’d lost my camera. I was pretty bummed, but figured the most likely scenario was that it had been left in the Sweep Van. So I got someone in one of the other vans to radio to “Boobie Lift” to check and see if it was there, and it was! I was so relieved. They were on their way back, so I waited and thanked them all profusely for delivering my camera to me. It wasn’t too long after that when
arrived at the Pit
Stop and we continued on. Nancy
One of the most moving moments for me in this year’s walk happened at one of the cheering stations before lunch. There was one lone woman standing on the side of the route. She wore a baseball cap and I could tell she had no hair under her hat. As I passed by, she reached out, took my hand in both of hers, looked deep into my eyes and just quietly said “Thank you for walking.” Tears fell down my face for a while after that.
Got to lunch around 2:00 PM (13.6 miles along the route) and we decided to take the SAG bus back to camp, skipping the last 6 miles. The total mileage that I skipped on day two was 8.2.
Another semi-truck shower and a lot of stretching and resting is how we spent most of the afternoon. Eventually we went to dinner. We realized that the weather report was calling for rain on Sunday --- which is way better than last year’s downpour – at least the camping part would be over and at the end of Sunday a hotel room or home is where we’d be able to warm up and rest. I repacked things a little bit to keep electronic items safe from the water and to take a few more of the things I’d need for rain in my pack that I carry with me. Felt really good for having taken some time off during the afternoon and I was feeling rested and ready to face day 3!
Day 3, November 20, 2011