avon breast cancer walk: part two

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 in Fitness

Thank you so much for all your kind words about the Avon Walk! It means so much to me that you guys are behind me. You all rock.

When we left off yesterday, we were headed back to the hotel after walking a marathon. Once we got back to the hotel, me and my sisters changed to hit up the hot tub. Best. Idea. Ever. It felt so good on my sore muscles and joints. I was so glad we decided to stay in a hotel instead of the campground at that moment. Hot tubs rock. After a few minutes in the hot tub and a quick shower, I landed myself in bed with some ice on my sore spots and a slice of deep dish pizza. Yum!

Bedtime came quickly and I slept pretty decently, but not nearly enough. We got up early so we could hit up the breakfast back at the Wellness Village.

The spread was pretty good! I had scrambled eggs, home fries, turkey sausage and some orange juice.

Because of my lack of sleep, I was dragging a little bit, so I had a cup of half-caf coffee. Yummy and cozy!

We finished up breakfast and soon after the walk started. Honestly, the first 5-7 miles were pretty uneventful. We walked through some residential neighborhoods, but overall, walking 13.1 miles generally seemed a lot easier. It’s crazy how much stuff like that is mental. It felt like each mile was only a 1/2 mile long! The morning breezed by. We skipped most of the morning rest stops, but did hit up the Dr. Seuss themed one. So much fun!

They served us lunch at mile 10, which seemed really strange. I don’t know about you guys, but we certainly didn’t want to stop after completing 36.2 out of 39.3 miles. So we just grabbed our lunches and carried them out so we could eat them in the car on the way home.

The last three miles wound us back down to Soldier Field. Thanks to blisters, sore feet and sore joints, we were moving a little bit more slowly, but we still made good time. Soon enough, we were back on the Museum Campus. There were almost no hills the entire route, until mile 38.5. And then there was this ramp. That wasn’t nice.

But there were lots of quite awesome crew members cheering us on at the top and telling us the finish was right around the corner. So that helped! And soon we saw this very, very important mile marker…

And then right around the corner was the finish! Yay! The corridor to the finish was packed with people cheering us on! Everyone was so nice.

And then. FINISH!

We made our way through the finish, grabbed our free t-shirts and filled up our water bottles. We were finished a little before 1pm and closing ceremonies weren’t supposed to start until 3pm, so we made the decision to go ahead and get on the road. We made our way back to Indiana and I made my way back to my couch, beer and chips.

I am so glad my sisters and I did this together. And I am SO proud of myself for finishing all 39.3 miles. And so proud to be part of the group of people who raised over $6 million to help cure cancer. Now, I just need a massage. And a pedicure.

12 Comments

  1. This is such an amazing accomplishment. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with all of us out here on the interwebs!

  2. Congrats on finishing!

    The hotel seems like a fabulous idea. Much better sleep – Tent City was REALLY loud, from what I remember.

    I remember thinking the lunch stop was weird too (it was around mile 9 of the 12 miles on the 3rd day, back when I did the 3-day event). I just wanted to be done!

    We bolted after we were finished and didn’t stick around either. I know I took the next day off work and my mom and I got massages and pedicures.

    Congratulations again!!

  3. What an amazing experience! And I LOVE the pink cowboy hats!!
    I can’t imagine walking that long- I would think my feet would be one gigantic blister by the end. But it’s for such a great cause- that’s got to be excellent motivation. One of my best friends just lost her mom to breast cancer in April after a 7ish year long battle. I feel like I owe it to her to do something like this… really, it’s the least I can do right?
    Congrats to you- you should be very proud of such a big accomplishment and how many lives you could be saving.
    And feel free to bathe in beer and guac + chips for the rest of the week. :)

  4. That is amazing!!! GREAT JOB!

  5. Okay, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS! As someone who fiercely believes in the fight against Breast Cancer, I thank you. My mama, a two time breast cancer survivor, thanks you. You made a difference.

    I teared up just seeing the pictures of the finish line and the people there cheering you on, so I can only imagine what it was like to be there and to accomplish something like that. Wow!

  6. Woo hoo! WTG Cassie! I have always wanted to do the Avon walk as my grandmother was an Avon lady AND a breast cancer survivor. Someday! I raised over $4k through Team in Training when I ran my marathon. It makes the journey so much more meaningful! Great work!

  7. Bravo!! This literally brought tears to my eyes. Way to go, Cassie. You’re a wonderful role model.

  8. After this, you deserve far more than just a pedicure.

    How about a mani-pedi? Haha.

    Again, congrats! You are completely and utterly awesome.

  9. So proud of you all and it also brings tears to my eyes! GREAT WORK AND THANK YOU!!

  10. Congratulations and great job! Your whole story and seeing all of the pictures and things made me cry. What an incredible thing to be a part of!

  11. We were there too! It was our first time and we LOVED it. We too stayed at the Hyatt instead of tent city. If I had thought about the hot tub that night, I would have been in it, but I opted for a “ice bath” as suggested by my doctor for sore legs. (cruel but helpful)
    My team mates and said the same thing about the lunch at mile 9.7, too early for us.
    The experience was amazing, we signed up for next year just 5 minutes after finishing!
    Congrats and thanks for the enjoyable read. I love revisiting the photos and hearing about other’s experiences during the walk!

  12. Congratulations on finishing this! You should be so proud of yourself!

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