I’m happy to say I’ve completed my 50 miles in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was cold and rainy for two days and the final day was overcast and a little cold. Welcome to Midwest weather! This was a wonderful experience and I’m glad I was able to participate.
Day one is over. Fifteen miles down, 35 to go.
I started off feeling pretty good. I was sure to take an Aleve before I walked. The knee still hurts and the top of the right foot still isn’t healed. Otherwise I still felt ok.
The St. Louis staff were helpful and kind. Really a great bunch of folks. It was interesting to “people watch”. I didn’t speak with many people but I overheard a lot of their stories. Everyone is there for a different reason. Friends, family or for themselves. It’s always good to see people putting their best selves forward. And let me tell you 50 miles isn’t going to be easy. My hats off to a lot of these people.
We had a great selection for lunch and honestly I don’t think I ever heard anyone complain. There was a lot of walking barefoot and foot rubbing but everyone was in good spirits. Here I am at lunch, not looking as rested – ha!
Again I was watching those participating and volunteering and saw some really amazing people. There were two ladies that caught my attention. Both were young and wheelchair bound and both were volunteering at the event. They were so cheerful and pleasant. I watched one of the ladies for a while. She was an extremely beautiful woman. Asian, with bobbed hair and a beautiful angelic face. Even though she was wheelchair bound, her confidence and grace were amazing. I saw her again later at the end of today’s walk and she was so cheerful. I later learned that she was diagnosed with MS while in college, but went on to graduate and become a doctor. Wonderful.
The bad weather kept us there for about an hour. Started back out but it began to rain. There is something so cleansing when you’re in the rain. I love it. I know it’s not good for your feet, but what a good excuse to feel the rain against my skin. One of the best experiences as far as I’m concerned.
When I finished the race there were massages, foot soaks and physical therapy offered. I took the massage and foot soak – worth it!
The perfect ending to a great day.
Ready for round two. Keep on keeping on…
I just received an email from the St. Louis Multiple Sclerosis Society finalizing those last-minute informational tasks before the walk begins Friday morning. We will be starting and staying at Washington University, of which I’m not familiar with at all. They have attached a map with locations for parking and where we will be bunking for the next two evenings.
Today I will pick up my packet and my room key. I’m beginning to sense a bit of deja vu. You would think I would be more concerned with the walk, but let’s be honest, I’m fretting staying in a college dorm, with a roommate I haven’t met, and yes friends…. the bathroom is down the hall. Sigh….been there done that folks. In college and in the Army.
1. Long grueling walk – (without rucksack of course) – check
2. Sleeping in a unfamiliar area and sharing the facilities – (at least I’m not on fire or cleaning detail) – check check
3. Individuals yelling at you from the sidelines – (this will be positive reinforcement I’m sure) – unlike this reinforcement: checkity check check
Like I said been there – done that.
Or lack there of…. I am undisciplined at times. This appears to be the case with my walking “training” in preparation for the 50 Mile Challenge. Every time I decide to walk, I end up jogging, running, skipping or whatever. All I know it isn’t walking. I am coming clean. I am a USDA grade A walking failure. No, that’s not me in the photo…and no, I don’t know why the gentleman on the left isn’t wearing shoes in the snow.
There are only a couple of weeks left before I go on this adventure. What do I plan to do to rectify this behavior you ask? Nothing…nada…zero. I’m going stone cold walking. I figure this will be one of the many life lessons I will have to learn.
There are many kinds of failure in this world.
Like a really bad tattoo. Something tells me this ended the “best friend status”. No, that’s not me or my best friend.
Ready or not I’ll be there with bells on. Hopefully, I won’t end up like this poor lass…
…she appears somewhat dehydrated.
Reeling from a busy week! My daughter graduated from high school and attended her dance competition all weekend. Miles ran this week = 21.29 bringing me up to 329.19.
Happy Monday ya’ll, and run on…