One foot in front of the other…

until I have walked 60 miles in 3 days. It seems like a crazy thing to do until I think about the people around me who’ve experienced the pain of losing someone they love to cancer. Then it doesn’t seem like enough. The 3 Day walk is a 60 mile walk on November 21, 22, and 23rd that raises funds for Susan G. Komen and for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.  2008 will be my 2nd 3Day walk. I walked in 2006 and it was an amazing experience.

I met wonderful women, like my teammates- caring and supportive!  And countless training and walking buddies. You do a lot of chatting while walking and it is a bonding experience.

I explored my city on foot, something I highly recommend! I walked all over Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Downtown, Mission Hills, Del Mar, and Old Town. It is unbelievable how much you miss from a car.

I heard stories that brought tears to my eyes. Like the man who had lost his wife to breast cancer 4 months prior to the walk who gathered a team of 20 people to walk in her honor. He told me the walk was the first time he had really smiled since her death.

I ate, a lot. I walked 60 miles and gained 5 lbs! Really, they shove food at you every three miles. That and Gatorade. It has been 2 years and I am just starting to be able to stomach Gatorade again.

I learned a lot of useful skills. Like how to use a port-a-potty when your “squatting” muscles are trembling and exhausted. Or how not to lose your cell phone in said potty (really it happened).

The walk was on my “things to do before you die” list, and in 2006 I crossed it off the list. This time, I walk because I don’t want another person’s life to be torn apart by cancer. I walk because cancer sucks. I walk because I cannot walk away.Please stop by my 3 day site (http://08.the3day.org/goto/jenn.norby) and donate if you can!

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