Monday, August 06, 2007

I made it! 

I made it through the 3-day in the brutal heat! I think it was our hottest weekend of the summer so far. They told us that the temp on Friday was 104 degrees F!

I started off bright and early on Friday morning, taking the 510 AM commuter rail train to Framingham. Thanks to Chris and Ruthanne for getting up at 430 AM to drive me to South Station to catch the train, since the regular bus and subway lines don't start running til 5 AM, which is not enough time to make it from Oak Grove to South Station!

We walked through Framingham, Natick, Needham, Dedham and into Canton, which was where camp was. I walked 19 of 21.5 miles on Friday before blisters and ankle tendinitis forced me into the sweep van so that I could get some medical treatment and be able walk the next two days. Sarah from Sports Medicine looked a my ankle and determined that it was tendinitis. She recommended ice, advil, and coming back early the next morning to have it taped.

On Saturday, we started out from camp in Canton and walked a loop through the Blue Hills Reservation into Milton, and back to camp at Blue Hills Technical School. The temp on Saturday was only 93, much cooler than the day before! I only walked about 15 of 21.5 miles on Saturday before the ankle and several blisters again forced me into the SAG bus. I wanted to be able to walk the whole route on Sunday, so I decided discretion was the better part of valor. Back to the medical tent I went, where Sarah stretched my legs out and recommended that I get the ankle taped again Sunday morning in hopes of finishing the whole route on Sunday.

On Sunday, we broke camp, then walked from Canton, through Milton and Quincy, and then to the Bayside Expo center (the finish line!). With the fabu tape job on my ankle, I managed to walk the whole 16.4 miles from camp to the Bayside Expo center.

Thanks to Karen Saunders, a new friend whom I met on the route on Friday and who became my walking partner for the duration. One of the great things about the 3-day is meeting so many great new people! Thanks, Karen, for the company and the encouragement along the route!

Some final notes about the 3-Day-

More news next year on the KBS station.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Last Update before Walking.... 

once again, i've been lax in updating, so i have many many more people to thank since i last posted. In no particular order:

Guy Busa, Jane Howard, Linda Lukas, Adrien Lane, Robbie Burgess, Arnie Bloch, and Liz Peart from Howard/Stein-Hudson;
Carole Schlessinger of Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge;
Mark Beaudry of Meridian Associates;
Hilary Anderson Stelling;
Scott, Joyce & Claire Wegrzyn;
Joshua Wachs;
my auntie Lynn Alexandre and family in the Great White North (South Porcupine, Ontario);
Bruno Tramontozzi and Ben Taubman of Boston Volleyball Association;
Ruthanne & Chris Brodeur;
Susan Davis;
ma soeur et la famille: Jessica, Tom & Zach Piper & Trey Vladik; and
Brad Lagner of Alpha Explosives, he formerly sponsered my Dad's race car, now he sponsors me (and I don't go *nearly* as fast!).

Thanks to the following people for donating twice in one walk (you guys rock!):
Sandy Sailer of AG Edwards, and
Karen Ardy of Service Plus Credit Union.

Finally, thanks for all the good wishes that have been coming to me in person and via email over the last couple weeks.

All the training is done, and now it's time to get down to walking. it's supposed to be HOT HOT HOT here this weekend, so I hope it's not too miserable. I'll be drinking lotsa water and whatev-ade and doing my best to stay hydrated.

We start tomorrow morning at Farm Pond in Framingham and end on Sunday at the Bayside Expo Center. If you're in the neighborhood, please stop and cheer the walkers on. It really means a lot to see people cheering you on, and it can give the walkers a real boost of energy, especially toward the end. Here is a link to the route map (not many details, since they dont want people stopping on the road to cheer). http://07.the3day.org/atf/cf/%7BAF27DE03-5606-4749-812D-8FB17709092B%7D/3DAY_JOURNEY_BO_V03.PDF?tr=y&auid=2861053

There are several designated cheering stations along each day's route:
Day One (Fri 8/3):
Mile Marker 11.23
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Needham Town Center
Great Plain Ave and Highland Ave
Needham, MA 02482

Mile Marker 15.95
12:00 pm – 4:35 pm
Dedham Town Center
High Street and Washington Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Day Two (Sat 8/4):
Mile Marker 10.5
8:30 am – 12:45 pm
MBTA Central Avenue (just across the street)
Central Avenue and Eliot Street
Milton, MA 02186(parking available on Central Avenue)

Mile Marker 13.6
10:40 am – 3:10 pm
First Parish in Milton
535 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Day Three (Sun 8/5):
Mile Marker 8.32
8:30 am – 12:20 pm
Milton Center
Adams Street and Granite Ave
Milton, MA 02186

Closing Ceremonies
Sunday, August 5
4:30 pm
Bayside Expo Center
200 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA

Thanks to everyone! Total raised to-date: just over $3,200.
I'll report back on Sunday.

more news later on this KBS station.

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