Archive for May, 2010

May 27, 2010

Touring Manhattan and Its Landmarks

One of the best things about the New York walk I did in 2004 was the amazing walking tour of the five Boroughs which was its byproduct. We walked from Belmont Park through Queens across the Triborough Bridge to Randalls Island back through Queens to Brooklyn across the Williamsburg Bridge down through lower Manhattan to South Ferry across on the ferry to Staten Island across to the very southern tip of Staten Island back up across the Bayonne Bridge through the wilds of Jersey City to our end point at Liberty State Park. Now that was one long run-on sentence and a real run-on walk of three days. I doubt I will ever have such a fantastic tour of the city again.

Networking and job hunting are the perfect training

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May 25, 2010

Fitness Test :/

So in order to qualify to become exempt from gym class during my senior year of hs (almost there,finally) I need to pass a “fitness test” that begins in gym class tomorrow and lasts for a couple days. Eeek! I need to do sit ups, push ups, a mile run, etc. I’m hoping that my walks and basketball practices will help me tomorrow, but then again I guess this just counts as more training for my walk…Wish me luck!

-Ellie

May 23, 2010

Blogging With Benefits

Working on this blog and preparing for the Big Walk has been a lot of fun and I have learned a lot. Obviously, I have learned a bit about blogging. Of course, Ellie learned to do this in 7th grade, but those of us who pre-date the digital age need to learn these new skills on our own. That can be a lot tougher. So, blogging skills have been a side benefit. Another major benefit has been hearing from people with whom I may not have been in touch for quite some time. Invariably, the people I hear from have their own stories to tell of friends and relatives who have battled breast cancer. Some have won their battles and, sadly,  others have not.

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May 17, 2010

Gorgeous May Practice Walks

This was truly a glorious weekend and my walking assistant and I took full advantage of the weather and bright sun. We were in the country this weekend for the first time in months and the roads beckoned. On Saturday, Dakota and I did a six mile practice walk to the end of the road and back. It was the perfect afternoon for walking on our road surrounded by trees leafing into green, spring wildflowers, a brilliant blue sky and warm sun. The miles flew by and I think we saw all of two cars the whole trip. Today, Sunday, we headed off in the other direction and had another six mile walk. This walk was along the country roads and there was more traffic but the same brilliant, new green leaves on the trees, jonquils and tulips still blooming in yards and that exquisite blue sky and warm sun.

May 14, 2010

New Fundraising Idea?

So I was trying to think of new ways to raise money, we still have a long way to go after all. My new favorite idea is to dye a bit of our hair pink (my mom and me), when we reach a certain point towards our goal. Then again I was trying to think more about how this would work out :

Hmmm….maybe I’ll just take care of this fundraising idea….

-Ellie

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day, a day I know my mom personally loves, as we have a family dinner with cards and a present. But now the day means more to my mom and me as we continue preparing for our walk. Now this day is a reminder of yet again why we are doing this. Not only are we doing this for our own mothers (or current ones) but we’re also doing this for for future mothers, the next generation. So throughout this day, writing this post or watching my mom open presents, I want to remind myself why this walk is so important.

– Ellie

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May 6, 2010

The First Training Walk of the Season

It was the first breath of a summer day and Ellie and I were signed up to go for a training walk with one of the Susan G. Komen walk leaders. We were to meet at Penn Station at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

9:00 a.m. actually meant a departure from the Frost residence at 7:15. Now, this is an hour on a Sunday that certain young ladies I know don’t see very often. Staying up all hours

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May 6, 2010

A Curious New Obsession

There are many characteristics which make up a good walk. If you walk long distances, a good view or great scenery is always a boon. Trudging alongside litter-strewn highway is not an experience which would make anyone want to pull on walking shoes and hit the pavement. Walkers look for good views, places to refuel with snacks and drinks along the way. It is always good to know that thirst and hunger can be sated with ease. A comfortable walking surface is also a key ingredient when planning  practice walks. Who wants to fall flat on their face or twist an ankle risking embarassment and injury?

But there is one amenity which is destined to yield a racing pulse and sense of comfort in the heart of most any walker. Often maligned outside walking circles and treated with dread and derision, there is nothing quite so heartwarming and welcome in the sight of a walker

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