Wednesday, April 29, 2009

crazy pills?


i'm not what you'd call "a runner." like, at all. at my speediest, i can attain a brisk jog. i was once told, during intramural law school softball, that i would be lucky to "outrun a one-legged rapist." (thanks, DeBye)

as such, i've never wanted to run a marathon. while i greatly admire those marathoners / wannabes out there, that life goal sounds as lofty to me as aspiring to climb Mount Everest (who are you people? did you not read Into Thin Air? i like my lungs room-temperature, thankyouverymuch).

however, i do possess the great talent of walking. i can walk like a champ! so me and my floppy boobs have signed up for the Breast Cancer 3 Day... this November, we will walk 60 miles in 3 days... hmmmmm.

anyone done this? am i totally insane? does this even justify super-dupa-cool athletic gear?

22 comments:

  1. A very close friend of mine did it last year and said it was a great experience! Be careful, though, because there were many injuries...mostly in terms of blisters. My friend's were so bad she could barely walk for a week and even had one underneath her toenail. Let me know if you want her email and I'm sure she'd love to give you her thoughts and some pointers.

    As for me, I say it TOTALLY justifies cool athletic gear!! Good luck :-)

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  2. This is very cool... My mom is a breast cancer survivor (cancer free for 6+ years now, knock on wood), so while i've never actually run/walked I used to volunteer every year, and I'm a total sucker when friends ask for donations.

    I've had a bunch of friends do this over the years, and most recently a co-worker did it last year. She was really sore and had some blisters...I'll ask if she has any advice.

    Obvs the fancy new gear is totally justified though.

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  3. Love it! I've never done it but I have considered it in the past. Maybe this is my year.

    Yes, definitely justifies new gear. You MUST break in some good walking shoes if you'll be putting that much mileage on them! Good, comfy socks, too.

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  4. Let me just say that is totally awesome! I've been hearing stuff for it on the radio and tv...and it has really touched me. Unfortunately...the one in my state is during a weekend I will be out of town. But I'm so excited that you are doing it. Please keep us updated. 60 miles really is truly amazing.
    And...you should definitely get some gear!

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  5. What a great event. I've never done it, but I've always thought about doing it. Last year I happened to be downtown when the walkers were walking through....and they were ALL decked out in PINK GALORE!! We're talking pink shorts, tank tops, feathered boas, crazy hats, you name it...they wore it...and it was pink. Can't wait to hear about your experience!

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  6. Good for you! What a great reason to get walking.

    I confess that I am also relieved; for a minute there, I thought you may have crossed over to the dark, long distance running side. Us non-runners have to stick together.

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  7. whoa! 60 miles kicks 27.2's ass if you ask me. Way to go! Make sure your shoes are broken in really well, and don't wear cotton socks.

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  8. That totally justifies all kinds of fun athletic gear/clothes.

    Wow. 20 miles 3 days in a row. That's a really really long way.

    Muy impresivo!

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  9. i actually planned on doing this a few years ago but instead i was hospitalized for a kidney infection so i never got to do it...i think it sounds awesome!!

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  10. You should get really cute PINK athlo gear since that's the color of breast cancer awareness!

    As the daughter of someone who had a scare and future daughter-in-law of a breast cancer survivor, I applaud you!!! That's really great!!! (I think I'm getting a little weepy - totally weird, must be PMS) Everything we do can make a difference!!! YAY FOR YOU!!!!

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  11. Look at you! That is awesome!! It's a LOT of miles, but what a great reason to get out there and walk! The blister stories are kind of scaring me but I'm sure with the right gear you will be set :) And of course this justifies sweet running clothes!!

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  12. i would LOVE to do it! i think it sounds great. i can outwalk everyone, but can't run for crap either. i'll come do it with you and we'll show them just how cool walking can be!

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  13. I really wanted to do this with my mom, until I read in the agreement you have to raise $2500 per person and if you don't you have to pay it yourself. We just did the march of dimes this weekend and we raised over $4000 together, but I really don't have an extra $2500 laying around in case we couldn't raise it. Sad times.

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  14. Legallyblondemel is wrong! Go long distance runners! :) Just kidding. I actually did this event and it was really fun. It's a long way to walk, but you can totally do it.. and you get tons of cool gear out of it :) If you have any questions feel free to ask me :) You'll rock it!

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  15. I have some friends who have done it for several years in a row and they LOVE it! They say the camaraderie is amazing during the walk! They do say be careful of blisters!

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  16. I did the 2-day, 50K MS walk here in D.C. last September. After two of my sisters were diagnosed with MS within days of each other, the walk was my way of feeling helpful in an otherwise powerless situation. And it was seriously the most amazing experience. Passing through the huge crowd of supporters on the way to the Finish Line in front of the U.S. Capitol was just something I will remember forever. (Personally, it was also a big ole “take that” to my high school gym teacher who made my life a living hell. Yeah, I probably still cannot climb that ridiculous rope but I just walked fifty freakin’ kilometers!)

    And yes, it totally justifies buying cute new sporty clothes. That was one of my favorite parts!!! If you need any insider tips, let me know! The most important one that I can think of is to schedule the most pampering pedicure your spa offers for the day after you finish the walk. It will feel like heaven.

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  17. I say go for it!

    and anything outdoors qualifies for super cute athletic gear.... =)

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  18. Do it!
    Okay, so I've been checking out your blog and I read the post where you mentioned switching from "whites to reds" and I decided to keep reading your blog because, obviously, we're random soul mates.
    Keep entertaining me with your fantastic writing!

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  19. Yes, you can definitely do this! Anything athletic constitutes a good excuse for cute new athletic wear. I highly recommend Under Armour. Get yourself a good pair of walking shoes (not running shoes!). And I cannot believe that no one has recommended this yet - Body Glide! This is the best stuff for avoiding blisters - not only with your athletic shoes but any new shoes that you are breaking in. It also helps with any other body parts that might get irritated - not all of us have an inch between our thighs!

    Good luck!

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  20. I think it sounds fantastic!! I'm a walker too :-) Maybe I should plan another Nov. Dallas trip and you, me and MM could do the walk together... guaranteed entertainment for the full 60 miles!!

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  21. Okay, so we're best friends and we've never met. I stumbled upon your blog from grey likes weddings and now can't stop, I'm pretty sure we're the same person. So I'm telling me - enough about the boobs. You have to believe that you have superfox, fabulous boobs. Stupid internet commenter. ;)

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