Today I was to walk 18 miles in preparation for the Breast Cancer 3 day. I thought I'd change it up a bit, since I am also training for a 10 mile run in September. I set off on my journey this morning via bike. I biked from my house to Lake Calhoun. It is about 10 miles. I didn't mind the first 5 but the last 5 were through downtown, and I had to stop at many stop lights which made it less exciting. It took me 55 minutes. I got to Calhoun and met Kim (we missed Krista today) we ran 3.2 miles in 32 minutes. Kim can run much faster but all I could commit to was an 11 minute mile. We had a fun time running. It was over so fast! Then I stopped for lunch before my next journey, from Lake Calhoun back to Roseville. It was a great walk, and I made some amazing time my first hour, but decided to take the last 5 miles a little slower, as to not injure myself. I made the 10 mile walk in just about 2.5 hours. Tomorrow I get to walk 15 miles. So I will walk to church in South Minneapolis it is 8 miles each way. I may consider walking home, but may also do 8 miles in the evening. We will see how I feel in the morning.
As I was walking through Minneapolis today, I noticed how people looked at me. I was wearing knee-length spandex yoga/walking pants and a tank top. Not fashion first, comfort first, I am exercising. I am not a size 4 or even a size 14. You can see on peoples faces as they looked at me. It was rude and disheartening. I would have thought people would think like I tend too...she is out losing weight, but instead their looks were almost that they were embarrassed for me. They needn't feel that way, because I am not embarrassed, I am working it! I am feeling good. I was bee-bopping to music, smiling and generally enjoying myself. Ironically these were the people drinking their large frappuccinos weighing in at a whopping 650 calories, and likely the same folks out drinking and eating last night, but there they sit, skinny on the outside...and past them I walk, skinny on the inside.
When you do that much alone time, you have time to think. I thought about life and how good it is. I thought much about Beth, my sister (in law)'s mom who is battling breast cancer right now. I thought that I can do this to raise awareness, so more people do their self breast exams. (Have you done yours this month? If not, do it right now, my blog will wait) I thought about how I am doing this to raise money to help stop cancer. Then I started to think, I hope myself or my daughter, mom, siblings, friends don't ever have to know the pain and hardship of breast cancer. I will walk, my feet may get sore. I will walk, my back may hurt...but I will walk.