Thank you so much for all your kind words about the Avon Walk! It means so much to me that you guys are behind me. You all rock.
When we left off yesterday, we were headed back to the hotel after walking a marathon. Once we got back to the hotel, me and my sisters changed to hit up the hot tub. Best. Idea. Ever. It felt so good on my sore muscles and joints. I was so glad we decided to stay in a hotel instead of the campground at that moment. Hot tubs rock. After a few minutes in the hot tub and a quick shower, I landed myself in bed with some ice on my sore spots and a slice of deep dish pizza. Yum!
Bedtime came quickly and I slept pretty decently, but not nearly enough. We got up early so we could hit up the breakfast back at the Wellness Village.
The spread was pretty good! I had scrambled eggs, home fries, turkey sausage and some orange juice.
Because of my lack of sleep, I was dragging a little bit, so I had a cup of half-caf coffee. Yummy and cozy!
We finished up breakfast and soon after the walk started. Honestly, the first 5-7 miles were pretty uneventful. We walked through some residential neighborhoods, but overall, walking 13.1 miles generally seemed a lot easier. It’s crazy how much stuff like that is mental. It felt like each mile was only a 1/2 mile long! The morning breezed by. We skipped most of the morning rest stops, but did hit up the Dr. Seuss themed one. So much fun!
They served us lunch at mile 10, which seemed really strange. I don’t know about you guys, but we certainly didn’t want to stop after completing 36.2 out of 39.3 miles. So we just grabbed our lunches and carried them out so we could eat them in the car on the way home.
The last three miles wound us back down to Soldier Field. Thanks to blisters, sore feet and sore joints, we were moving a little bit more slowly, but we still made good time. Soon enough, we were back on the Museum Campus. There were almost no hills the entire route, until mile 38.5. And then there was this ramp. That wasn’t nice.
But there were lots of quite awesome crew members cheering us on at the top and telling us the finish was right around the corner. So that helped! And soon we saw this very, very important mile marker…
And then right around the corner was the finish! Yay! The corridor to the finish was packed with people cheering us on! Everyone was so nice.
And then. FINISH!
We made our way through the finish, grabbed our free t-shirts and filled up our water bottles. We were finished a little before 1pm and closing ceremonies weren’t supposed to start until 3pm, so we made the decision to go ahead and get on the road. We made our way back to Indiana and I made my way back to my couch, beer and chips.
I am so glad my sisters and I did this together. And I am SO proud of myself for finishing all 39.3 miles. And so proud to be part of the group of people who raised over $6 million to help cure cancer. Now, I just need a massage. And a pedicure.