Day two. Oh Day two of the walk. You pretty much beat us up even more than Day one, but I’m glad we finished the whole entire walk. There were options (which we didn’t know about until after we started day one) to ‘walk however far you could’ We were kind of confused about this, since we figured you had to walk the whole thing? Well that’s what we chose to do, so we were getting it done.
We woke up around 6:15 and got ready to get dropped off at the starting line for another day. Luckily the only thing that was hurting were both DJ and I’s feet. Our legs felt mostly okay for walking 26.2 miles but our feet were killing us! I couldn’t believe how much pain each step was, but we reminded each other about the cause and that we were in it together. We knew we had to finish and the sounds of 13.1 compared to 26.2 was much more inviting. We felt okay once we got up and started moving. We also had the motivation of wearing out new outfits from Wal-mart, the Tutus!
Here we are ready to tackle the 13.1 that lay ahead of us. It was much cooler Sunday than Saturday which added relief and I wasn’t deathly afraid of getting the worse tan lines of my life from my tank top. I did get burned pretty badly on my chest but now it looks okay again, thankfully. I just look like I wore a one piece. Fail.
Here I am, DJ said it looked like I was going to my first day of 3rd grade in my skirt and with my hair in pigtails! These skirts were the best idea ever and I’m so glad we got them the night before.
Here’s the entire ensemble. The skirts were clutch and we were so happy we found them. Walmart, 5 dollars, halloween section! :) DJ also put ribbons on her skirt of everyone who donated to her. :) I’m not so creative.
The walk when we first began. 2,000 people taking off from a park ready to tackle the next day of adventures and head to the closing ceremonies! We walked some of the same path but it was much easier to know that you were only walking HALF of what we did the day prior.
I guess I was still feeling pretty good! :) I think our skirts made us a little bit excited for the day. People kept asking us if we made them. Are you kidding me? I can’t even write neatly.
This picture pretty much sums us up with our personalities. I am usually looking rather confused and am rather confused as to what is going on and DJ is always looking cute. ALWAYS. :)
We walked through a lot of residential areas to get us back to the starting point. There were so many cheerers and great supporters along the route and that made it so much better and more bearable. The first fourish miles were really going well, I think it was the fact that we were moving and it made us almost feel better.
I cannot even tell you how many compliments we got on our skirts! It was great :) Also, there were so many of the same people we had seen the day before, seeing them again was really great and knowing we had so many random people supporting us meant a lot to us.
How could I not take the BEST PICTURE EVER! :) Me and my one true love, reunited! How badly did I want to go inside? Oh Taco Bell.
We were cruising pretty well at this point. We knew the area we were in which seemed to really help us in reference to where we were going and where the finish line was. We walked past Cal State Long Beach and through some more residential areas before we hit the marina. There was really only one large hill that happened right around mile 4 as well and then there was a rather large downhill after that.
This was right after things started to hurt really badly again. We were beginning to be passed right and left and it was humorous yet painful. We kept walking and just let people pass us on our left. Ha ha, we were still getting compliments on our skirts though! We decided we were Team Turtle and also Team It isn’t about how you feel but how you look.
This was roughly around mile 9 along the Bluffs in Long Beach. It’s a really pretty area and it was fun walking up there. I run up there a lot too and it overlooks the path that we walked on the day before. There are a lot of really beautfiul houses to look at and the breeze was much needed. There were fun supporters along the way that kept reminding us how close we were. Each step was pretty painful though.
This is a statue that I don’t really know the meaning but I always want to take a picture by it! I run by it a lot. Too bad I’m totally leaning on him because I pretty much could barely hold myself up when we stopped.
We found these really good chalk drawings and I saw this one and thought it was AMAZING! Nom Nom is right! :) How could I not take a picture?
This is at mile 10. Here we knew we only had 3.1 miles to go, and though they were going to be slow and steady we were going to make it! We were so close and in a lot of pain. Each step rubbed something the wrong way, I have a huge blister on my heel and my toes are slowly healing from being beat up from running and now walking. Sad toes.
The last mile of the race was basically uphill and it was pretty steep. That was ROUGH! The hill is a bridge that goes over the bay and leads you back to the other side of the bay and to the Queen Mary which is also in the background of this picture. It was tough to get to the top of the hill, but it was really nice because you can see the finish line and hear everyone there! We were so close and we were really struggling. We walked so funny and some people were cheering for us and we just laughed and how we probably looked. Someone told us, “Tell those dogs it’s almost over,” We replied with, “These dogs are going to go Old Yeller on us right now.” Seriously some of the stuff we said was pretty hilarious all weekend, another major bonus to walking with DJ.
This was at mile 13. It was hot at this point and we had to walk down about 50 stairs. That was rough. It was like walking down 50 curbs after a marathon. Luckily there were hand rails that we gripped onto like our lives depended on it. Then we started going down sideways and it was much easier, but it looked like we were doing a weird dance to the song that the motorcycle cop was playing. It was quite the site, I’m sure.
We did it! We finished! As you see someone handed me a rose, which was really cool until it stuck to my hand because there were THORNS in it! Ha! We were SO glad to be done. We promptly went over to the shade and sat down. Well, collapsed and sat down all at once. Then of course, me being little miss piggy saw some pizza that the crew guys were eating.
I got up and snuck back over and asked them if I could have a piece. I was so excited when he said, “Yea, just take one quickly” and turned his back to hide me from the others. It was the BEST pizza ever!
Overall I’m so glad we did the entire walk and really glad for the experience that DJ and I shared. I am so incredibly proud of her for walking through all the pain we went through! I am going to do a blog post soon completely dedicated to what I personally think is harder, Walking or Running a marathon.
I also was glad to have her by my side for all the cheers and the “I think I might cry” moments, which happened to both of us numerous times along the route. I was also impressed by all the ice baths we took and hard work we put into the event by fundrasing the right amount needed to walk the event. It was a great event and in the event there were 2,000 walkers, and all together we raised 4.5 million dollars to find a cure, which is also astounding.
As for my health, yesterday was a little rough, but again it’s mostly just my feet that hurt. I get a little stiff if I sit for a while, but that can easily be fixed by walking around slowly and stretching, which I tried to do a lot of. Today, I was going to get up early and run but my toes and feet are still pretty sore. My legs feel pretty much almost normal again which is nice at least, but I can get stiff easily, so I have to remind myself to drink a lot of water and walk around ever so often.
I am so thankful for all the support I’ve received via twitter and my blog throughout this experience, it really means a lot to me and I’m so thankful for it. :)
Oh and tomorrow, I have a sick giveaway! :)