Posted By: Meredith Perlman
Hot 'Lanta has really been living up to its name recently! With temperatures in the upper 90s each evening, it makes it difficult to walk but as the 16 week training schedule approached I knew that I had to start training. I am so excited to be on this exciting journey again this year and with some old friends and new ones on our team!
Since we were traveling on Tuesday, I postponed my first official training walk to Wednesday evening. I packed up from work, went to the grocery store, and then headed home to hit the trail. My car on the way home read 95 but I was excited to get back to walking. I grabbed my water bottle and put my new favorite drink in it - crystal light pure fitness.
I decided to walk without headphones on my first walk and reflect on the experiences I had last year and look forward to this year. As I was walking (and sweating), I walked past a woman who was visiting a friend and she said "Is it hot enough for you?" I replied with a little laugh and "I just started a training schedule and you have to walk no matter what." She told me good for you and got in her air conditioned car :) It made me think of the women that have been effected by this horrible disease. They don't have a choice of leaving their scheduled appointments for radiation and chemotherapy. They don't have a choice when their skin is burned and scarred by the same treatment that is meant to save their lives. Instead, they get up each day and work towards their goal - being cancer free. I walk for this reason. I walk so these women - our friends, family, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, mothers, and my future niece - won't have to walk and won't have to face a world with breast cancer.
Thank you for all of your support last year and I am so excited about this year!