Lucky #13 did not disappoint.
We were back in my beloved San Diego, walking 60 miles in 3 days, the weekend before Thanksgiving.
This was the 13th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, as well as the 13th anniversary of the meeting of our earliest teammates (including moi). As I told my teammates, it really is all about me. 😉
There’s nothing like a 3-Day newbie to refresh your view of yet another 3-Day Walk.
This year we were thrilled to welcome Kellen, Martina’s daughter.
San Diego has always been a wonderful place for the 3-Day Walk.
- Incredible ocean views
- Perfect weather (usually)
- Unbelievable community support
Seeing all that through the eyes of Kellen, increased our level of appreciation. And what a trooper Kellen was. Despite several newbie blisters, Kellen persevered through all 60 miles.
As our own personal trainer, teammate Beth, said, “It’s really more like 70 miles.” Kellen admitted it was tough to keep going. But she did. And always with a smile.
It reminds us of why we walk. Cancer survivors (like Kellen’s mom, Martina) endure so much more than blisters, sore muscles, and a weary body. They are our true heroes.
In addition to Kellen and Martina, the Pink Tahoe Ladies rock another mother/daughter team. Penny (also a breast cancer survivor) was unable to walk this year due to a still-healing broken ankle.
Although she had her walking boot removed, her doctor didn’t think walking 60 miles in 3 days was a good idea. Go figure.
But like all survivors who never give up, that did not stop Penny. Joined by her daughter, Lauren (another veteran teammate), Penny and Lauren donned Pink Poodles costumes and cheered 3-Day walkers. Check out these moves.
I’m not sure if it was the relief from our country’s current unrest or simply the event itself, but I went back home rejuvenated. More so than I can remember in recent history.
When you stand behind two seventy-something-year-old survivors who just finished walking 60 miles in 3 days, it is easy to count your blessings. When you have teammates who are participating for their daughters (and their daughters for them), you feel connected to hope.
So, Lucky #13 is under the feet. We move on to Fabulous #14. I wish you and your loved ones good health and much happiness throughout the coming year.