Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ten Miles and Tired Dogs

I just wanted to provide an update. After all the set backs I've had recently in preparing for the 3 Day, 60 mile walk, I am proud to tell you that I managed to walk 10 miles recently with most of my team mates.

Four of us met in Mansfield on a Sunday morning and chatted away for about  3 and 1/2 hours and 10 miles. It was a perfect day for a walk. Partly sunny and temperatures in the upper 60's to mid 70's.  Overall I felt pretty good.   Once I drove the hour plus back home I checked out my feet to see how they held up.  My right foot, well, I will have pain in that foot until I decide to take medical procedures serious and fix that issue, but other than the pain due to an injury years ago, the right foot held up well. The left foot had a small blister on the right side of my heel. This is the first time I've worn my orthotics such a long distance so I was curious to see how that would hold up.  I felt the edge of the orthotic while I was walking and figured I'd end up with a blister.  I am surprised that a small blister was all I got.  I think I must need to loosen up my shoe laces because the top of my left foot was red when I took my shoe off and it was sore for a few days. So I still need to experiment with my footwear to find that right balance. At the end of the 10 miles my dogs were tired but I was pleased with the overall results. I will still need to double that distance and do it again for 2 more days after that at the actual event. That's just a little intimidating

After completing my online check in for the walk, Komen wanted me to check with my doctors that it is OK for me to participate in the walk. I checked with my oncologist as well as my cardiologist and both gave me the thumbs up!

I have a fundraiser planned July 11th at the Brunswick Applebee's. I am so close to my fundraising goal, but still have a little way to go. That night will be fun. All diners who bring in a flyer will have 15% of their meal donated back to my fundraising efforts.  I'll also have some baskets to raffle off and daughter will be giving back massages for a fee that she will donate back to the fundraiser! There will be other fun things planned as well. If you're in the area on that Monday, stop by!

I am seriously excited that the walk is soon to be a reality. I can still only imagine how tired I will be at the end of the 20+ mile days, but am looking forward to experiencing the excitement and weariness for such a good cause.

I will update again closer to the start day.  Stay tuned!


  1. Good for you, Mindy! WOW! Very impressive. :) You go, girl!

  2. Hello Mindy! I had a mammogram last week and was called in for 2 hours of diagnostic testing to diagnose what was found. I'm not too concerned, but my Mother and her sister are both breast cancer survivers, so it is a bit scary.

    Also, try magnetic inserts in your shoes. My parents owned a magnet business for many years and gave me a pair of inserts that work wonders. You can order them from Miami Magnet Company (800-222-7846). My sister will help you.

    Best of luck! Miss you,

  3. Very good Mindy! Definately get some type of inserts for your shoes and don't over walk what you think you may be able to walk. It won't do you any good to have to get that 'medical procedure' sooner than you want to. Glad you're working up to the walk and not just jumping into it. Love me

  4. Oh good luck.. I love reading all the energy that is coming from you about this.. I pray for an easy journey! Many blessings, marlis

  5. Hello Mindy,

    The diagnostic mammogram showed NOTHING abnormal. Thank you God! Any interest in the magnetic inserts for your shoes? What size shoe do you wear? I can probably send you a pair if you would like to try them.

    Many blessings,
    Karen Wessely