If you are new around these parts you may not know that I walked in the 60 mile, Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure last year.  I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by Energizer and documented my entire 3-Day journey.

It was the most extraordinary event I have ever participated in.

I walked the entire 3 day walk with a stress fracture in my foot.

Walking for three days, in the rain, with a cast sucked butt.  But I did it.  And I was never more proud of myself!

At closing ceremonies I vowed to participate again.  I was just thrilled when my husband said he wanted to walk it with me.  I could not wait!  Unfortunately, fate had other plans.

My foot is still broken.   And while I’m not wearing my cast (I should be) it gives me pain every day.  After the walk was over, I went into a new boot for several weeks and I was told if it didn’t heal I would need surgery.  A surgery I’ve put off because I just don’t have time for it.  So instead, I deal.  But because I didn’t take care of myself, and my foot is still broken…I had to pass on walking this year.

*sad panda*

I wanted to give my foot time to heal.  In hindsight, I really wish I would have signed up as support staff (Crew) for the event.  I would not have been walking but I still could have been at camp helping support those that were.  I’m kind of irritated at myself for not getting that set up in time.

In anycase….

The walk is happening in San Diego this weekend!!  November 18-20 and San Diego will be going pink.

My soon-to-be-sister-in-law IS walking her first walk and I’m so excited for her.  My co-walkers from last year are also walking.  I’ve been following the other cities events on Facebook and I can’t help but be nostalgic and a little sad.  I want to be there, too!  And while I can’t participate as a walker, I CAN CHEER.

San Diego 2011 3-Day Cheering Stations

Public cheering stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise – anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

Please leave the site cleaner than when you found it and recycle anything that can be recycled. Provide trash receptacles for the walkers if you are planning on passing food or other items out to them. All candy, wrapped items and decorations should be taken with you when leaving the site.

Friday, November 18

Mile 2.5, 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
En Fuego Cantina Restaurant
1342 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

Mile 10.4, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UCSD Scripps Institute of Oceanography
8580 La Jolla Shores Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Mile 18.3, 12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Taylor Library
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, CA  92109

Saturday, November 19

Mile 4.3, 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Robb Field – South (along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard)
2525 Bacon Street
San Diego, CA 92107

Mile 12, 9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Robb Field – North (along the San Diego River Waterway Bike Path)
2525 Bacon Street
San Diego, CA 92107

Mile 15.1, 10:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
South Mission
2600 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109

Sunday, November 20

Mile 4.7, 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
San Diego Visitor Center
2688 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA  92109

Mile 14.8, 11:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater
2150 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA  92101

On some portions of the route you may find areas that are deemed “quiet zones” which will be indicated by signage on the route. Please assist us in respecting our neighborhoods and communities during this time.

Be prepared, RAIN is in the forecast (again!).  So take an umbrella.  I’m not sure where I will be yet but would love to meet up with others who are cheering.  I can say from experience that the people cheering make a HUGE difference.  When I was tired and just wanted to stop, I thought about the people cheering and what funny stuff might be coming just around the next corner.  It helped me keep going!

With a little more rest (and maybe surgery) I will be out there next year again.  I honestly can not wait!