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I did a training walk with my team, Dance in the Rain, today. We did 13 miles and I gotta tell ya…that was a tough one. We started near Crissy Field and walked through North Beach & Russian Hill and then squirreled our way back along the water toward the Golden Gate.  Things definitely become more challenging when wind is involved. We walked against the wind until hitting the GG and were windblown the entire way across. Not unexpected, just challenging. After reaching Vista Point we went down a flight of steps that took us underneath the GG and down to the base of the bay. Here, we turned around and headed back up (up, up) and back across the bridge and back to our starting point. 13 miles. 5 hours.

Our team is AMAZING. 8 of our 10 team members made it today (coming as far as Santa Rosa & San Jose). (One teammate is on vacay and the other lives in L.A.). What’s super fun is that although we’re walking as a team we tend to pair off at different times as speeds vary throughout the walk. It’s a great opportunity to get to know each other a little better.  We usually meet up at check-points to make sure all team members are accounted for and make sure everyone is doing a-ok. It really is a go-at-your-own-pace kind of thing, after all, it’s not a race.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of my entire team! Such a wonderful, positive, amazing group of women. Btw, to date we have raised $21, 471 and are ranked #7 in fundraising for SF. AWESOME. Mom would be so proud of us…and flabbergasted!

We are VERY excited that we’ll have a cheerleading squad on the “official” weekend. Today made us realize how much we are going to need encouragement from family & friends as we walk 39 miles in one weekend. Eeeeeeeeeeeek.

Okay, time for me and my glass of wine to stretch a bit more…

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I met a new friend today. I like to call him Jazzy-T (T is short for teeth). We had a great conversation at the bus stop. It was so good, in fact, it continued on the bus. Apparently I’m quite engaging even without saying a word and not making eye contact. Who knew?

Mostly, Jazzy-T was working on renaming Polk Street. He had a few suggestions…Polka, Polkster, Polkend. In the end I think he settled on Polka. Then without warning, we get to his stop and off he goes…Not without a sniff of my hair and a farewell of “goodbye, sweetie” to me. Best Friends Forever!!!

Seeking Scarecrow or Cowardly Lion. I like long walks down yellow brick roads. Have fear of flying monkeys and tiny dogs carried in picnic baskets. Am not a fan of women with green faces and long noses. Do not enjoy water sports of any kind.

Favorite vacation spot: Emerald City
Favorite activity: Chopping down trees
Most treasured possession: Oil can
Organ I wish I possessed: Heart

Call 1-555-TIN-MANN if interested.

I was out walking again this morning (3rd time this week) as I really have to get in shape for the Avon Walk in July. The weather has been so nice that it’s not hard to get out of bed at the crack of dawn…well, not too hard anyway. It’s also extra nice because the bums are still sleeping so they don’t get in my way.

Be sure to check out my team’s page. We’re ranked #5 for fundraising in SF!

A pic from the top of Lombard…

While out walking this morning, I stopped to take a pic of the sun coming up behind Coit Tower. So beautiful!