So this past weekend I did the Avon 2 day 39.3 mile walk to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Let’s just say it was more than an experience. I didn’t train for it at all and signed up a month before. Thankfully, I had many supporters who quickly helped me reach the obligatory $1,800 dollars to do the event and some who keep donating to this day. I have realized that there is a support system out there for me that is so big, and that was a huge thing that touched my heart from the beginning. As for training, it didn’t happen, at all. I run a lot, and I know it’s not the same, but I figured I would be able to survive. My roommate, who I’m officially naming DJ on my blog as of today, was also doing the walk with me. It was so great to have a friend there and everyone was so encouraging and friendly. It meant to much to see people cheering for us, even though they didn’t know us.
This was at 5:30 am at the opening ceremonies. It was pretty cold and we got dropped off at the site by DJ’s mom. Sadly, we waited on our feet for 2 hours for the opening ceremony to begin, which probably wasn’t the best idea to start off the day where we had to walk 26.2 miles. We arrived when they told us to be there and there were barely any other participants there, and we just had to wait, wait, wait. It was a great ceremony though and we were excited to start the walk.
Yup, still very dark, but we were ready to go!
They had these huge pillars that you were suppose to sign in the area where you did the walk. We obviously signed the ‘Los Angeles Walk’ area. I wrote a quick not to my mom amongst others notes and letters and words of encouragement. It was cool to see the other signed sections from other cities as well, which also made me realize how many other people had done the walk. It was great and encouraging to see everyone else that had completed it.
Finally the sun rose and the opening ceremonies started. We were ready to start walking at this point as we had been up for about three and half hours now.
The walk began and it was really nice to walk a lot of the same beach path that I normally run, it just takes a LOT longer to walk it. Also, I had forgotten my sunglasses, so I sprinted home, since our house was about .5 miles off the path we were taking and grabbed them along with a powerbar. I was SO tired once I rejoined DJ, and SO thankful I got them since we were going to be out on the path ALL day. People saw me sprinting back onto the path and gave me some weird looks.
I realized I hadn’t raced a race since my treacherous mile 8 experience in San Diego. When we reached it, I laughed and DJ told me that, “You know how hotels don’t have a floor 13? Well you just don’t ever have a mile 8? 🙂 We laughed and talked a lot along the route and at this point we still felt fine. This was also the most scenic part of the route, along the bay and ocean and beautiful