Another large chunk of time went by and in that time I neglected this blog. It’s not that I don’t want blog, I just don’t want to sit in front of the computer after writing and communicating on one all day at work! I will find time to update here and there a bit more often, perhaps once a week depending on how things go. Now, on to the topic of this post — The Susan G. Komen 3-Day finally happened!
It’s been a full week since I took my last (limping) steps and triumphantly finished the trek to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. I walked with a fabulous group of three other women, two who I met in person for the first time that weekend!
The San Diego community really supports this walk and it surprised me to see small and large businesses out cheering on walkers, passing out water, coffee, and even seeing local cheerleaders from middle school and high school encouraging us on this journey. Even homeowners came out on their front lawn and passed out baked goods, water or even held up signs with words of encouragement.
The most touching part was seeing actual breast cancer survivors along the way holding up signs that read “Because of You I’m Here Today.” That really hit me hard in the feels. Another part that made an impact on me was during the opening ceremony hearing stories from survivors and those with family members who did not survive the battle with breast cancer. I know that all the fundraising efforts, training walks, and ultimately the final 3-Day 60 mile walk are all making a difference in this fight against breast cancer (and all cancers for that matter).
The thing I hope to achieve from this whole experience is that at least ONE person, man or woman, goes to the doctor — a free clinic, low income clinic, whatever — and gets screened for cancer regularly. If there is anything I learned from this is that PREVENTION is key. Catch it early and your chances of squashing it go up significantly. Know your body, get checked up routinely.
I also learned that my body and mind are so capable of pushing beyond what I think I can do. I really want to climb Mount Whitney now and I’m going to look into the details on how to do that. I did not walk the full 60 miles, however, I did walk about a good solid 50 miles in total over the 3 days. My arch ached and sharp pains shot through my right foot on the last day. I also experienced other aches, pains and soreness throughout the second and third day. I listened to my body and pushed as much as I could without causing serious injury.
I will not participate again as a walker but definitely have my sights set on forming a group to be an official “Walker Stalker.” I want to be one of those people on the sidelines cheering on this incredible group of walkers. It helped the walk become not a chore but a fun 60-mile positivity party. I loved petting dogs along the way and even indulging in a few Jello shots too!