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What a thrill to be part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk this year! Sixty miles and several blisters and bruises later, and I feel like a changed woman. A huge thank you to my 3-1/2 amazing teammates (one had a bun in her oven!) for letting me join their team!

The first day was exciting and I didn’t know what to expect throughout the Walk. We were certainly fed, watered, and cared for when necessary by the volunteers for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

We knew the second day was going to be a long one. We were staring 23 miles in the face while still enduring pain from the day before. With a switch of shoes for the day and yet another new pair of wicking socks, shirts, and shorts, off we went. The most encouraging part of our trek was the lady who displayed our miles remaining on a big pink piece of cardboard. It helped me mentally prepare how I was going to finish this thing.

The third day was a treat — almost there! I was anxious and starting to blister and bruise on my feet, but had the encouragement of dear friends and family via text, and people along the way who I didn’t even know! All those noise-makers, cowbells, balloons, freezes, Diet Cokes, water, candy, bubbles, babies, and children cheering total strangers on for the duration of the walk was simply more wonderful than I can describe. I swear I got chills so many times I lost count.

With seven miles left, I stopped to have my achilles tendon taped, and after that I was ready to get to the finish line! This was my favorite part, because I would be able to see my “in-house” cheering station, my family. Nothing was better than seeing them run toward me when I was crossing John Ireland bridge to get to the State Capitol. It was just so sweet that they were there. It meant the world to me.

Thank you to all who thought about me, donated, and helped in some way. This was a great experience and I encourage anyone who is pondering taking on this challenge to do so in 2012!

With love and gratefulness,

Renae

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