99 days or 14 weeks.  This is all that I have left to get my bootie in shape for the San Diego Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure ® walk.  The time is just flying by and I know it will be here in a blink.  If you are participating in this years walk, here is what our training schedule looks like this week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 3 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 30 mins Moderate cross-training
Thursday 5 miles Moderate walking
Friday 30 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 10 miles Easy walking
Sunday 6 miles Easy walking

How exciting is that?! We are up to 10 mile training walks!  I don’t think I’ve ever voluntarily walked 10 miles in my life and I will attempt my first one Sunday night.

For the first time this week, I used the Training Walk finder in my 3 Day participant center to find a group to walk with.  I have to say that this was the best decision I have made!  So far I’ve been mostly alone walking around my town.  Occasionally, my friend comes with me and once I had a fellow participating walker join me.  But now that my walks are getting longer, my friend isn’t coming and I can’t always coordinate schedules with the other local walkers.

Driving about 45 minutes “down the hill” was a great plan to meet up with some new friends.  I found a walk that was being held in Santee, CA by a group called “Boob Camp Beckie.”  It was a 5-6 mile walk.  All the ladies were very nice, most of them already knew each other but there was me and one other lady who were newbies.  The walk started just after 6pm and the group of ladies (and two gents) took off.

Literally…they took off.  I was being passed left and right and being left in their collective dust.  I didn’t realize just how slow I am!

Thank goodness, the training walk leader, Jeri stayed with me.  I think that’s probably her “job;” not leave anyone behind.  Eventually we caught up to a really great married couple (I suck for not getting their names) and it was the 4 of us.  We only saw a flash of pink two other times the entire walk.  The other group booked it.

I learned a couple lessons on this training walk:

  1. I need to walk faster.
  2. My backpack needs more decorations!
  3. I need a blinkie light since we were walking in the dark.
  4. I need to walk faster.

My 3 new friends were a wealth of knowledge.  I loved hearing stories of past walks and I tucked little tidbits away for future reference.

If you are trying to train for the 3-Day for the Cure walk…JOIN A TRAINING WALK! I can’t say that enough.  It was so much more fun than trudging around town by myself.  You learn from their expertise about what to expect.  I’ll be checking my local schedule and plan on joining other walks in the future.