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…