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!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hello There Little Kitty!

Who can get excited about wearing a fanny pack? Most of them are so ugly. And extra butt baggage is not very attractive. The one I originally bought was an ugly orange color, and I'm not much into orange. After realizing my arms were hitting it when I walked, I switched and have been using my trainer's fanny pack. The color is better, but I'm still not thrilled with it.

I need cute. And pink. And preferably with a cat on it. Enter the fanny pack of my dreams - Hello Kitty cuteness in pink!

I got it on Ebay for $11.98 - free shipping. I know, it doesn't have a water bottle holder, but I can fix that. I hope it is large enough for all the crap I need to carry. When I was telling my trainer all the items that I'll need to have with me, he said I might as well drag my wheeled duffle bag behind me!

Now, if I can figure out how to make a hair dryer work with no electricity, I'll be in business!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I Heart Pink!

I'm so glad that pink is the color for breast cancer awareness. It is one of my favorite colors, and pink is so beautiful in nature!

This is a bleeding heart plant in my backyard flower bed. It doesn't bloom very long, but oh, the flowers are spectacular!

My walking took a backseat yesterday to putting mulch down around the hostas. And today I walked while I shopped. It has been really warm here this week, so tomorrow I'll try to get in some walking in the morning before it heats up!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Views From a Park Walk

My trainer got me up early this morning so we could get a walk in at the park before it got too hot. We saw this cute kitty on our first time around the 1.75 mile loop.

It is a really pretty park with lots to see - a big lake with several people fishing from the shore, and at least 4 boats in the water.

I love the wild violets which are really in bloom right now!

My trainer did let me stop each time around to shed one of my layers. This is a great training park because there are several small hills. We saw a husband and wife team riding their bikes - they were doing some serious training. And when the man got finished riding (17 miles), he ran once around the loop. Way too ambitious for me!

We went 5 1/4 miles, and plan to do more than that next weekend as we gear up for the big Kentucky Derby Mini-marathon on the 24th!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

My Inspiration to Walk

Two reasons I am walking the 3-Day in November are for these important women who made me what I am today.

The Keith Twins - I called the one on the right Mom, and the one on the left Foof. Mom was named Arlene, and Foof was really named Phyllis, but when I was little it came out Foo-Foo, and shortened to Foof when I got older.

They were everything you've ever heard about twins . . . . dress alike, talk alike, same passions. And they both shared the nasty cancer gene. Mom had breast cancer twice . . . . 25 years apart. She also fought ovarian cancer - many surgeries, chemo for years, and she conquered it, only to die from a complication of hernia repair surgery back in 2007.

Foof was spared breast cancer, but she had ovarian cancer, and that is what took her life at age 70.

Having a mother who is a twin is actually like having two mothers. Foof was my cool mother - the one who taught me how to use tampons, gave me colored pantyhose for Christmas, and worked in New York City. She was my Mary Tyler Moore aunt!

They both passed me the love-of-animals gene, and I am so grateful to have it. I pray every day that they didn't give me the cancer gene, and I've been pro-active and hope I never hear a doctor give me that dreaded news.

I could never see either one of them sign up to walk 60 miles in 3 days, but they have inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and do something different, fun, and hopefully inspiring to others!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Park Re-Do!

On a beautiful Easter afternoon, my trainer and I decided to attempt the park again for a trek! There were lots of families having picnics, and dogs enjoying the big lake in the middle of the 1 3/4 mile loop.

I was testing out new Keen walking sandals that are about the ugliest shoes on the planet, but they got rave reviews, so I'll give them a try. After one time around the loop, I traded in my big honkin' fanny pack for Ted's smaller fanny pack.

The big honkin' one from yesterday's post gets in my way when I swing my arms which is one reason you should train with the equipment/shoes you plan to use for the walk! This blue fanny pack is much better, and hopefully it will be big enough for all the stuff I need to carry!

We went two times around the loop for 3 1/2 miles total! hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Laughter in the Rain!

I got an email this week from Sue Lyn, our Trekkin' for Ta-Tas team leader. She included a list of training tips:

~ Train on a variety of hard surfaces: sidewalks, roadways, etc
~ Train off-road on trails, and on regular grassy and sandy/dirt surfaces
~ Train on uneven surfaces
~ Train on hard surface inclines and declines (low grade and steep)
~ Train on soft surface inclines and declines (low grade and steep)
~ Train in cooler temps and warmer (hot) temps
~ Train in the rain (no storms, please!)
~ Train by walking a fast pace
~ Train by walking a slow pace (we get caught in large packs of walkers occasionally)
~ Train by walking very short strides
~ Train by walking long strides (you will do this when you are passing other walkers or need to speed up briefly)
~ BE SURE TO MIX IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!

My trainer told me the plan for today was to go to the nearby park - which we routed at 1.75 miles around the big loop - and be done before the expected 11:00 a.m. rain.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out my big, honkin' fanny pack. I haven't used this on my neighborhood walks because I didn't want my neighbors looking out their windows and thinking I was totally nuts - yeah, I'm vain like that!

I put water in both bottles to even out the weight, had my camera, phone and a few other things inside, and I strapped on that baby and was ready to go. It is definitely a big difference hauling that extra weight, so I'll be doing a lot more training wearing it.

It wasn't long before I was humming this tune in my head.

Strolling along country roads with my baby
It starts to rain, it begins to pour
Without an umbrella we're soaked to the skin
I feel a shiver run up my spine
I feel the warmth of his hand in mine . . . . . . .

Let's just say that one time around the loop was all the walking we did. The wind was blowing so hard we couldn't hear each other talking! And no, I didn't have my cheap plastic poncho in the big honkin' fanny pack, but I will come November!

I also realized that all future Komen walks will be in cities with nice climates. Walking in the blowing rain is no fun . . . . . . even with the one you love!