Sunday, March 31, 2013

Let the Training Begin!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013 was "Walk in the Park Day" - and Michelle, team captain and a Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Training Walk Leader, decided it would be a good idea to lead a training walk in Stone Mountain Park  -- around the mountain. For those of you who don't know, the loop around the base of Stone Mountain is 5 miles - that's right, FIVE miles!!! I can't believe that right out of the gate, I was going to tackle a 5 mile walk, but I showed up!

Since I trained with Michelle 3 years ago, I knew what I was getting into, sorta. I'd walked the mountain before, knew I could walk at whatever pace was comfortable, and understood where the bathrooms were (which is absolutely key when staying hydrated!!). There was only one thing I didn't count on... Having a baby changed me in ways I never thought of: I don't walk the same as I did 3 years ago; I don't have the same stride or the same core. Muscles that were there working fine the last time I walked the mountain, well, they weren't there anymore, or they were there stretched out from the birth and/or limp from lack of use.

Needless to say, the walk didn't go as well as I remember it going, way back when. Hmmm... Now that I think about it the thing I had going for me last time was that chose to walk at the slowest pace possible. This time I was walking at full speed, "catching up" with friends (family really) I hadn't seen in a few years. I didn't even realize how fast I was walking until mile 3.5 - and by noticing it I should say I stopped myself from puking like Jackson on The Biggest Loser. But, like him, I persevered and finished out to mile 5. Also like him, when we finished, there was a cameraman there waiting to talk to us about the walk and put us on TV!!

Michelle was interviewed for Fox 5 News Atlanta in order to drum up support for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day For the Cure, an interview that aired at 6 PM as well as 10 PM Saturday evening!!! Go Team!!

What a way to start training: a 5 mile walk uphill and downhill (both ways?) followed by an on-camera experience.... WITH THE BEST GIRLS EVER!!!! Thank you ladies!! We did it!!!

Thanks for reading! ~ Deanna


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