Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Weekend Plans

Friday: Go to bed around 8ish

Saturday: Get up around 4ish. Tiptoe around getting dressed.
                Drive into NY and park car near the pier at W 44th Street.
                Drop gear at gear truck, fill water bottles, eat some breakfast, attend Avon Walk opening
                      ceremony while refusing to woohoo.
                Walk. Stop at rest stops along the way to pee a lot. Stop for lunch. Keep walking. Maybe    
                      talk to some other walkers. Maybe not. Look around. Do a lot of mental writing.
                26.2 miles later, arrive at Wellness Village. Collect gear from gear truck. Set up tent, if Boy/Girl
                    Scouts have not already done so for me. Set up sleeping bag.
                Take shower in shower truck.  AAAAAHHHHH
                Take yoga class if not too crowded.
                Eat dinner.
                Wrap self in about 40 layers of clothes, crawl into tent, fall asleep instantly.

Sunday:    Get up 6ish. Get dressed, disassemble tent, drop it and gear off at trucks.
                Eat breakfast.
                Start walking again, VERY slowly.
                13.1 miles later, return to yesterday's starting point.
                Probably do not wait around for closing ceremony. Get my t-shirt. Collect my gear. Walk
                       to parking lot, retrieve car. Drive home.

     If I sound less than excited, it's because this is my tenth year doing this, the routine doesn't change, and I'm just a teeny, tiny bit bored with it.  I'm fine with the six months of fundraising and training walks, but the Grand Event ...  I mean, when all is said and done, walking is just walking, you know?  I'm proud to have raised about $20,000 for breast cancer research and prevention over the past ten years.  I just think that I might be ready for a year off in 2013.
     Have a great weekend yourself. And if you don't have to, don't get up at 4:00.


  1. Wow, Susan---kudos to you! I can't imagine ever doing it, but admire those who can and choose to do so! You SHOULD give yourself a break!

    1. Thanks, Donna! I appreciate hearing that I'm entitled to a break next year. Maybe I'll take you up on it! But for now, you've made me feel a little more inspired about tomorrow. Time to toddle off to bed soon....

  2. Sometimes routing is just routine. Not always a bad thing, unless it is. Good luck on your walk. It's a good thing you're doing.

    1. Thanks so much, Genevieve! Truth is, sometimes I forget all the people I'm walking for who have had breast cancer, including my mother, my cousin, my friends, and my late sister-in-law, and all those who I hope never have to face it, including my daughter and my nieces. Thank you for reminding me! It'll be a good weekend.

  3. Kudos to you for walking, for raising money, for blogging about it, and for those blisters you're probably suffering with today. I salute you!

  4. Thank you very much, but - Hey! Who told you about the blisters? What are you, psychic or something? Came home, took a bath, and passed out for 2 hours!