|Showing off my pack bling!|
I remember at some point in the middle of August reality hit. Less than 2 months left! I was floored! I remember thinking back to when it was May and I felt like October was so far away it would never come. So my team and I definitely felt it was time to "step it up a notch" with our training. Time to do some serious mileage! On the weekday evenings that we walked, we couldn't really add more miles than we were doing, so we kept those to 5-6 mile walks. On the weekend walks though, we started trying to add more. I must take my hat off to my sister-in-law Lisa here. She was an absolutely wonderful training walk planner. I don't know how many hours she spent total, but she worked very hard to plan walks that gave us choices in which way to go depending on how we felt that day, plenty of bathroom breaks (not easy when you are walking on a trail and through residential neighborhoods unless you wanted to stop at a stranger's house and knock on the door...) since we were doing our best to keep well hydrated, and of course we had to have our little breaks near our car so that we could refill our water bottles (which luckily was parked at my teammates' brother's house so we had a bathroom as well). She was our logistical genius, and I will take this moment to thank her again: THANK YOU LISA YOU ROCK!!
|Gettysburg - the big 20!|
|The horseback maneuvers|
|The battlefield cemetery|
|A much needed stretching break|
Luckily, our excitement and enthusiasm returned as the weeks turned into days before our event!