Before I post, Welcome to the blog, J Dooley! Love you, sister!
First the GOOD news! I have two more shout outs to make to my peeps! Thanks to our wonderful, BC-lovin' cousins, Kathy, Steve, Ben & Alex, in Boston, Mass! Kathy has even generously offered to be my walk spokeswoman to possibly drum up some support from our less computer savvy family members in Maine. How have I lived life without a spokeswoman?! I think everyone should go out and get a spokesman/woman immediately! My second shout out goes to Chi-Town to Amy, Ron & the Libster! I got an e-mail that they are coming to visit in September followed by an e-mail about their contribution and I am pretty sure my day couldn't get better! So for those of you keeping score, that is TWO new states represented! Massachusetts & Illinois. (Calling all of my FL & GA peeps! Here's your chance!)
Now the not so good news. I admit, I contemplated this walk a LONG time before making the leap to register. When I mentioned that I was VERY afraid of the challenge, my colleague Rachael asked "What exactly are you afraid of?" I didn't have a specific answer. It was this that finally pushed me over the edge.
Well, after hearing stories from a veteran walker at yesterday's Walk Gear on a Budget, I can now answer that question! My fears in no particular order:
A blister that covers the entire bottom of my foot
A foot full of blisters that have blisters
Loosing a toenail because a blood blister develops under the nail and causes it to fall off
Passing out while holding my dinner tray, falling face first to the ground, & slicing my chin open which would require stitches and take me out of the walk
Passing out in the shower and being dragged naked by paramedics in front of the line of walkers waiting for a shower
Going BROKE due to the amount of gear it will take to walk in order to avoid the above blister & passing out stories
But still in light of these VERY identifiable fears, my greatest is "Not reaching my fundraising goal and not being able to walk". Thanks to Kathy, Steve, Ben, Alex, Amy, Ron, & Libby for helping me fight that greatest fear!
With love, hope & LOTS of Walking,