The Breast Cancer 3-Day

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I did it, I did the entire 60 miles without setting foot in that sweep van! I'm not sure I can possibly recall everything I wanted to but I'll try and remember the highlights!

Craig dropped off my friend and I at a hotel on Thursday night- we had a good dinner (pasta as suggested) and stayed up too late! We went to the opening ceremonies via shuttle after getting up at 4:30 am. It was amazing, so powerful. We left the "corral" last. I was so disappointed because even though it wasn't a race, I desperately didn't want to be "last". Well by one of the pit-stops we were #1600 out of 1950 walkers so we had passed about 350 people- woo hoo. Day one was really tough because we got rain VERY early on in the walk. We ended up walking a good part of the day in wet feet so there were MAJOR blister problems. I had several but one on my baby toe was hurting the most. The middle of the day was pretty sunny but by the time afternoon came they closed the route after the last pit stop (3 miles out) and told us we were the last group of walkers allowed to continue and that they were pulling everyone off the route who was behind us. We had over a mile to go and had to "hurry" ahead of the thunder and lightening. Mind you- we had already walked almost 20 miles so "hurrying" isn't the thing you want to hear! We hustled into a school located at "camp" in the pouring rain. We all sat on the floor of the school for what they thought would be about 45 minutes while a storm cell passed over. It ended up being about 2 hours. Normally folks trickle in and eat, shower, set up tents etc. The first day everyone was released at once in the rain and we were told to go set up our tents, put our gear bags in the tent and meet at the dining tent. We went for dinner then hit the shower and then were told camp was being evacuated due to more severe thunderstorms headed in our direction. We were only allowed to bring our sleeping bags and mats into the school (wearing our pjs). We had VERY little sleep on the hallway floor of an elementary school. We got back up at 5 am and hit the trails again! I have to tell you I had huge "satisfaction" about not being pulled from the route and knowing that we would indeed do the ENTIRE walk!

DAY 2!!!!!!
Early on in the day my small toe was VERY sore. I ended up in the medical tent where I swore I would NOT have to go. They popped my blister which was completely covering most of my baby toe and my toenail was barely hanging on. I walked the whole day with it tho darn it!!!!! Day 2 was beautiful, no rain- yippeeee. By the end of the day every muscle from my waist down was sore, but I did it. We had dinner and showers and hit the hay by 9 pm. We found out that out of all the walkers our team won for "best slogan" it was called "no breast left behind" since we are both educators. That was pretty cool! We met and hung out with people in the next tent who lived pretty close to us. It was a mom and her 2 grown sons walking with her. She was a survivor.

Day 3!!!!!!
My toe hurt pretty badly and by the time we finished I thought if someone poked me in the arm I woud tip over and never stand up again. Thank goodness I did all the training because I NEVER would have made it. I completely understand sports massages now and sure do wish I had scheduled one. The 3rd day is filled with lots of stretching out of pure necessity. Every muscle in your legs is just so tight and screaming out at you to stop the walking! There is just something deep down inside that helps you find the strength to keep going. I had family at cheer stations on day 2 and day 3 and then my family came to the closing ceremonies so they were there when I crossed the finish line. We all got pink roses and victory t-shirts so that was cool. There is so much cheering you really feel like a rock star! Seeing all the survivors is VERY moving and really reminds you why we are all there. I could tell a million little stories but I think I'll end here and hope I have shared enough with the curious but haven't bored you to tears!

Thank you to all my friends for your endless support!

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  • MARI195
    Glad to read about your walk and your experience(s)! I have been off in la la land and just came back, full force, and ready to work on myself again, with the help of SP and all my SP friends. I am so proud of you and what you did for the cause! emoticon
    4512 days ago
    WTG Patty! So proud of you. I knew you would pull it off! Now relaxe and ... train some more ;)
    4549 days ago
    I am soooo PROUD of you Patty! You have done an amazing thing that most people only dream of. And you did it! You went through alot to get through all those miles, but I had no doubt in my mind that you would not be able to finish....I KNEW YOU could do it! I admire your strength and endurance.....there is no stopping you and any dream or goal you have....you proved that! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice, as this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

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    4562 days ago
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    I am so proud of you ! Through many struggles preparing for this you have shown how strong you are. Completing the walk in the storms, blisters and and body fatigue to help others show the determination to complete what you start. You are a very inspirational and caring person, and I am so happy to have the time to get to know you here on sparkpeople.

    4563 days ago
    Congratulations Patty!!!! What an amazing and inspirational accomplishment my friend!! I'm so glad you shared this with us - wish I could have been there. Someday I would love to do the 3 day walk too. I'm so proud of you!!! (((BIG BIG HUGS)))
    p.s. Hope your little toe is doing better soon!!!
    4567 days ago
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    yes I have tears, but not from boredom! I am so proud of you for doing this! You are truly amazing Patti! Congratulations on your victory! *hugs* ~Jenn
    4567 days ago
    You are TOUGH, TOUGH, TOUGH you are AWESOME, not only for what you did, but how you did it and why you did it.

    You inspire me Patty, and my pride for you touches me deeply.

    If you can do this, then there is nothing you CAN'T do. NOTHING ! ! !

    Bless your ever lovin heart.

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    4568 days ago
    Woo hoo for you! I couldn't wait to hear about how it went, so I'm so glad you posted about it all.
    Sorry about your toe, but it'll definitely be a "badge of courage" for you forever. :o) Lee Press-on nails might be the way to go. *wink*
    I'm so darn proud of you, Patty. You're very inspirational!
    Hope things are going better.
    (I have class tonight so I might not sign on until tomorrow night)
    4568 days ago
    WOW....what an awesome victory !!! I am so very proud of you. Thanks for sharing.
    4568 days ago
    How cool! I'm so glad you made it and it is over for you! I never doubted that you would complete it. Congratulations and thanks for letting us all know how it went!!! I hope your pinky toe recovers very quickly too!
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