Monday, November 8, 2010

Trekkin' Time!

My bags are packed, and I'm ready to go! Tomorrow I leave for Phoenix! I can't believe the walk is this weekend. I feel like I'm ready, and I can't wait to meet my teammates .

This duffle is stuffed to the brim with lots of pink . . . . . cute tent decorations for our team . . . . a sleeping bag that will explode when it comes out of the bag, and I will never get it back in . . . . two pair of shoes . . . . . socks galore . . . . . . flashlight . . . . . . etc. . . . . .etc. . . . . etc.!

What am I dreading the most? Sleeping on the hard ground and no hairdryers top the list, but everyone will be in the same boat, so it won't really matter.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey. I've met and exceeded my goal, and I couldn't have done that without the help of many friends. My hubby has been a great walking coach, and got me going on days I didn't feel like walking. I know the experience this weekend will be emotional, and I have a stack of pink ribbons that I will have with me as I trek the 60 miles. On the ribbons are the names of family and friends of my donors who have battled breast cancer.

One day there will be a cure! Keep me in your thoughts this weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Down, Down, and Land!

How many times have you seen something like this when you train for the 3-Day? I thought it was a cool sight . . . . . . . until I saw the balloons landing!

My trainer had me up early on Labor Day (something is wrong with that!) to trek 5 miles in the park. We spotted two hot air balloons, and before you knew it, they were landing in the park!

The quality of the pictures aren't great because I only had my cell phone with me. Ted had his video camera, so hopefully I can add some video sometime soon.

It was a very smooth landing, and a perfect day for hiking, biking, or taking a dog for a walk. We saw plenty of each!

I hope you didn't labor too much today!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Totebags & Bikes for the Cure

One of my Red Hot friends donated a lot of her adorable handmade totebags for me to use as a fundraiser for either Best Friends Animal Society or another charity of my choice.

So, if you stop by my house on Saturday, you'll find we're having a ginormous yard sale! The proceeds from these totebags will go to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure!

And another Red Hot friend donated two bicycles which will also be in the sale with proceeds going toward my goal! And if you haven't already noticed, I've reached and surpassed my goal, so it's all gravy from here on out!

If you're in the Louisville area, email me for directions to my house. You don't want to miss out on this ginormous yard sale!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Getting My Ducks in a Row!

My trainer and I walked 5-1/2 miles today at the park. It was hot. It was really humid - especially at 8:00 in the morning. I sweated. A lot. And when we came around one loop and saw these ducks in the water, it reminded me . . . . . . .

I need new underwear for this walk! Ted said, do you have your ducks in a row?

I said, I've got to find some underwear that doesn't ride up, bunch up, or get stuck in places it shouldn't. Twenty miles a day in lousy underwear would be no fun! I'm thinking twenty miles a day in good underwear isn't going to be a piece of cake . . . . .

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cookies for the Cure!

I found a ribbon cookie cutter a few weeks ago, and this is the first chance I've had to make some cookies.

I'm selling them to the Red Hots tonight at our monthly get-together! If they like them, I'll share the recipe with you!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Just the Stats!

The first 3-Day walk for this year happened last weekend in Boston. This weekend they will be trekkin' in Cleveland.

I found a gal's blog who is tracking the number of walkers by location as well as the money rasied.

Go here to check it out!

It looks like there will be over 2,600 walkers in Arizona!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cats who Purr for a Cure!

I thought you might like to see some of the kitties who are wearing their Calvin Collars for the Cure.

Pretty Ele' whose Mom is the Trekkin' for Ta-Tas team leader!

This is my kitty, Sugar.

Sweet Callie - don't you love her face?

Dreamy Diego, whose Mom will be walking with me in Arizona in November.

Pretty Queen Tallulah - a mammary cancer survivor - yes, kitties can get breast cancer too.

And handsome Rico!

They all Purr for a Cure! Your kitty can wear one of these special Calvin collars too. All proceeds go toward my Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure goal!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bucks4Boobies Auction!

Head over to my new blog - Bucks4Boobies Auction - where you can bid on over 45 items. New items will be added each day. The instructions on how to bid are to the left of the blog.

All proceeds will go toward my goal in the 3-Day! Something for everyone, so check in every day!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Trekkin' in the Heat!

The Trekkin' for Ta-Tas team has been communicating about different items regarding our upcoming walk in November.

I was complaining about how hot and humid it has gotten here in Kentucky. Our team captain said it is important to train in all types of weather since we're not exactly sure what it will be like in Arizona when we walk. Well, I can tell you one thing - it couldn't be worse than the 95+ heat and 103+ humidity factor we have been having this past week.

A storm came through a couple of days ago, and it took some of the humidity with it. I told my trainer we should get in a walk, so today was the day! We went to the park, and walked 3 miles.

I wanted to break in my other pair of shoes - they are exactly like the pair I have been wearing and liking - Asics.

The weather got worse as the day went on, so I'm glad we got done with the walk early in the day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vacation Treks!

My trainer and I just got back from a 10-day Arizona vacation. The weather was fantastic, and we had a great time!

Since there is a three hour time difference, we wake up super early, which is perfect for hiking! The first day we trekked on a trail in the Scottsdale area. These are our good friends who live in Scottsdale. Their youngest daughter graduated from the 8th grade while we were in town.

We took several side trips. One day we visited Payson, Arizona, and hiked to see the Natural Bridge.
Later in the week, we visited Tucson and hiked in the Saguaro National Park.

Gotta watch out for those cactus!

I'm looking forward to going back to Arizona in November! I even got a nice donation from my friend's Mom while I was there!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Breast Cancer Gene

I read this article today about new breast cancer gene links that have been discovered. You can read about it here.

Since my Mom, and paternal aunt both had breast cancer, I've considered getting genetic testing done. It's not an easy decision for me. I always worry about whether insurance would cover what they would consider a pre-existing condition if you found out you had the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 gene (when these genes mutate, they cause a 90% chance of developing breast cancer).

And then I wonder what I would do if I found out that I was at that even higher risk. Would I get a mastectomy? I'm very pro-testing when it comes to annual exams and mammograms, but knowing this information puts a much bigger burden on your brain!

Are you in a similar situation? What are your thoughts on it?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Pink Out!

Today was Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs. It is the big day before the Kentucky Derby, and it has become known as the race day for the locals. For the past couple of years, the Kentucky Oaks has been promoted as a Pink Out - to promote breast cancer awareness. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink, and it is always fun to see the beautiful pink outfits and hats!

Churchill Downs partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and also an organization called Horses & Hope which works to increase breast cancer awareness among racing fans and stable workers at Kentucky racetracks.

For every Oaks attendee, $1 is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. And for every Oaks Lily beverage sold, $1 goes to Horses & Hope. Last year Churchill Downs contributed more than $100,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and $30,000 to Horses & Hope!

Before the featured race is run, there is a Survivor's Parade of over 130 breast cancer survivors. They parade right on the track! A beautiful garland of pink star gazer lilies is placed on the filly that wins - this year's winner was Blind Luck who won by a nose.

I didn't attend the races today, but I did wear pink for today's Pink Out!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

In the Record Books!

Well, I did it! Actually, we did it! My trainer and I walked in our very first mini-marathon! Despite having to get up at 4 a.m. in order to drop cars where they needed to be, and the drizzling rain that lasted from the start until the first four miles were done, it was a great day!

We joined 14,998 other people who were running, wheeling, or walking in either the mini-marathon or the full marathon. This yearly event is part of the Kentucky Derby Festival, and after hearing my hair gal say she was going to walk with some of the staff at the salon, I thought it would be a great training opportunity for November's big walk.

My feet did pretty good - only afterwards did I realize my toes were hurting some, and I had some hives on the top of my feet. I've got to remember to keep the toenails extra short in November.

We had cheerleaders and bands playing along the way. I liked this gal decked out in pink!

Part of the 13 miles were in the infield at Churchill Downs - very cool! I'm standing in front of one of the food trailers that will be used next weekend. The pink lillies are for the Kentucky Oak's race. It will be a Pink Out at the track next Friday for breast cancer awareness.

I'm so happy that we both made it the entire 13 miles - with several quick pit stops, we did it in 4 hours, 20 minutes or so! And we got a very cool medal after we crossed the finish line!

I'm feeling much more confident that I can do 20 miles in one day. Now if I can convince myself that I can do 20 miles three days in a row, I'll be ready!

Friday, April 23, 2010

One More Mile!

One more mile . . . . . that will be my motto tomorrow as Ted and I walk in the Kentucky Derby Festival's Mini-Marathon! We picked up our packet of goodies yesterday which included this ugly shirt and my very own bib! You gotta learn the race language - bib sounds so juvenile! I think we get cool lanyards at the Komen walk.

I realize this is a running race, but there will be a lot of walkers too. There is a full marathon and the mini-marathon being done at the same time. Over 15,000 participants which is a record for this event!

Here is the map for our 13 mile trek. We start out at Iroquois Park and walk all the way to downtown Louisville. The marathon runners go over to Indiana and back.

We got some nice freebies - admission to Churchill Downs during the spring meet (of course not for the Oaks or Derby), a free dessert at BJ's, a breakfast sandwich at Subway, and eyedrops. I think I'll need those eyedrops first thing tomorrow. We have to park our car at the end spot and a bus takes us to the start point.

The race starts at 7:30, and the last bus goes at 6:30 - A.M.! As my Red Hot friend Peggy would say, I only see one 6:30 a day!

They are predicting rain tomorrow - hopefully in the afternoon. If it is a downpour in the morning, I'll be sleeping in! I'm not that desperate to walk 13 miles . . . . . . .

Monday, April 19, 2010

Saturday in the Park!

Saturday in the park
I think it was April 17

Sunday in the park
I think it was April 18
People fishing
People eating

A man walkin' a huge dog (Harlequin Great Dane)

And horses read to ride
Can you dig it (yes I can)
And I've been trekkin' such a long time
On weekends . . . . . . .

I'm getting ready for next weekend's Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon. On Saturday, I walked 7 miles, and then another 5 miles on Sunday. Feet feel great, hips are a little sore. My trainer says I'm walking too fast!

It was gorgeous walking weather - cool, but sunny and not a cloud in the sky!