Boston Day 1 Recap

July 23rd, 2010 | Posted by john in At the Walk

I was out walking today and I was thinking about how fortunate I am to have the wonderful friends and family that I do that helped me raise an AWESOME amount of funds going towards breast cancer research, edutcation and awareness initiatives. I really wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU. With that said, I also wanted to get started with a recap.

Wake Up Wake Up!

4:30 comes early. Very early, but if you’re not in your own time zone and it’s like getting up at 3:30 in your home time zone it’s even earlier! But I did get up and ready in plenty of time, and I was greeted by numerous smiling faces. The pink hair and bra was really popular and I had three or four people want to take pictures with me as we waited out in the lobby. Lots of fun!

To the Ceremony!

We took a bus from the hotel loaded our gear on the gear trucks and then went to the opening ceremonies. Great setting on a lake (pond maybe?) and the thing that I noticed significantly fromt he times that I have done the Dallas walks is that it was actually light outside when I got there! Since the Dallas walk happens in November it’s dark at that time.

Solo Walkers

There was something that really stuck with me from the 3-Day moment that Lauri Yanis showed with me. I remembered her saying that she tries to seek out solo walkers and befriend them so that they don’t have to walk alone. I really liked that thought so I went ahead and followed it through. I approached several walkers and walked with them for a good while. A couple of times they weren’t solo walkers, but they couldn’t do the pace that their team required. I walked with several walkers with and without teams and we all had great conversations, even in the rain.

The Rain

Now that the rain has entered the conversation, I guess I have to address it. It started sprinkling on and off at about lunch time and continued to rain well after I got to camp. I will admit, I didn’t do any rain training and I was a little concerned. It was fine and it turns out that walking in the rain is just like walking without rain, only a little wetter. To be honest, it didn’t rain too hard and it was or a good portion pretty nice to walk in the rain.

When I got to camp was a different story. Luckily my tent mate had set up the tent already when I got there, but there was still a difficulty of getting everything into the tent. I was standing outside of the tent looking at it and wondering how on Earth I should proceed. In the end I got everything in and it was all a bit wet.

I went to take a shower without thinking about the fact that there was no tarp on the tent and when I got back my sheet was VERY wet. There was a leak in the roof. I’m sleeping on the air mattress with a blanket so it’s fine, it was just a hassle.

Sleep Time

That’s all for me tonight. I’m headed to sleep now. Hopefully there will be no rain tomorrow. I’ll try and get some pictures on the web site as soon as I can, but if you want to see them pretty quick, check out the Twitter feed and I will be posting there along the way!


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