Monday, November 8, 2010
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
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.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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
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
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
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
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.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
All proceeds will go toward my goal in the 3-Day! Something for everyone, so check in every day!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
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
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.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
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
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
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.
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.
Friday, April 23, 2010
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
I think it was April 17
It was gorgeous walking weather - cool, but sunny and not a cloud in the sky!