WALKING FOR A CAUSE...AND SOMETIMES JUST BECAUSE

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Avon Miles Owed...coming soon 11/27/12

x-posted to Thumper Thinks Out Loud

Ok, the cold seems to be easing up on me. I'm still coughing and annoying the carp out of Max with it, but I'm not sneezing nearly as much and I managed to stay (and feel) awake all day today.

Might as well stay someplace comfy...
So...a week from Tuesday we're heading into SF, where I will attempt to walk the miles from the Avon Walk that I was unable to in July. I do feel like I owe those miles to my donors, even though they were all very understanding about it, and I kinda feel like I owe a few miles to myself.

I think I'll miss the vibe that goes along with being among the masses walking for an event, but I'll have the advantage of walking my own route, and I'm probably going to avoid the major hills.

G'head, call me a wuss. I admit it.

Tuesday night we're staying at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel at Union Square, because...well, why not? That was the host hotel for the Avon Walk, and I was kinda looking forward to staying in it, so stay in it we shall. I kind of hope we have a room that faces Union Square for the view, but even if we don't, I get the impression it's still a decent hotel. It should make the Harrah's we stayed at in Vegas look pretty scummy.

Yes, I believe I will still be rocking the pink hair. I might as well keep it for this. And I kinda like it. Actually, I kinda like it a lot, so in the future it probably isn't the best thing to dangle in front of me for fundraising.

But still...on the 27th and 28th, your donations will be honored with as many of the Avon Miles as possible. You guys rock. So I shall deliver. And shop. I did mention I might shop on my breaks, right...?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

So you want a real tattoo

During the 2012 SF 3-Day Walk, a woman came running up to our sweep van, because we had her tattoo on the side of the van: it was our Rock the Pink magnetic sign, and the design is based on the tattoo I designed for myself last year.

It turned out, she'd wanted a different kind of pink ribbon tattoo, Googled for ideas, and when she found one she liked, she took it to her artist and had it inked onto the back of her neck. And that tattoo just happened to be mine.

Now...technically...this is very bad form. You don't rip off someone else's custom ink, and this is most definitely custom. I conceived it, sketched it, owned it. Since then I've found 2 more people online who have done the same thing, getting copies of my tattoo.

But.

For this, I don't mind at all. If you want to copy the tattoo on yourself, please do. I get a weird little kick out of it, and I'll even give you something to print out to take to your artist:

Click to biggify...you may want to add your own twist, and that's cool, too...

What I ask you to not do is to get the image on any sort of merchandise. No t-shirts, hats, buttons, etc. I'm in the process of getting this trademarked, and I feel a need to protect my trademark.

If you want this on a t-shirt or hat, it's available for you to purchase.

I'm tickled pink (ha!) that people want this as a real tattoo, and for that everyone has my blessing. Just hands off my image for merchandise, please.

Oh, and a writeup of the SF 3-Day is on my other blog, Thumper Thinks Out Loud...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Ya probably already know...

...that on the weekend of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in SF, I was curled up in bed in a tight little ball, wishing for some pretty awful abdominal pain to go away. I don't think I've ever been quite as sick, and there was no way that I could have made it even halfway to SF to even think about participating.

After last year's SF 3 Day, this just adds another layer of bummed out on my overall Walk history; never mind the crushing disappointment of not getting to go play with DKM in the city, I raised a couple thousand bucks and didn't walk.

But.

I have that in front of me as a goal; I may not walk the miles as part of the Avon Walk, but when I'm recovered enough, I promise, I will walk those miles. I will take a couple of days, go into SF, and I will spend them walking the 40 miles I fully intended to on July 7th and 8th.

It might not be until mis to late November--I honestly don't know what kind of recovery frame I'm looking at here, but I fully expect to be 100% by then, after the Komen 3 Day (crewing, not walking), after a colonoscopy (this is what I fear will trip me up) and after going on a family vacation (with my guys...this is long planned, part business, and they come first)--but I swear, I will lace up, hit the streets of San Francisco, and give my donors the 40 I promised.

Swearsies.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Get Ready To Light A Fire...

...or at least turn one on!

It's little after 8 pm PT on 7-1-2012, and that means PEOPLES WON A FIRE!


Congrats and especially THANK YOU to Shari Nees and Anonycat! I'll be contacting you via email or Facebook to get your mailing addresses.

And for everyone who donated

I ended up with a couple hundred more than my goal, which means that as royalties for Rock the Pink roll in, I'll be able to donate to other walkers' efforts this year.

Only six more days! Tomorrow is the Dying of the Shorts, and I think Tuesday will begin the Dying of the Hair...and we head into SF on Friday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

OhhhhYeahhhh!

This is a sweep van:


It's the ride a walker gets on the 3 Day when they need a break, either because they're hurt, tired, or have to pee reallllly badly and they won't make it to the next pit stop without it.

Last year, DKM was on the sweep crew and loved it; I've had to take a sweep a couple of times over the last 3 walks, and they're typically fun to be in. But when it came time to register for the 2012 SF 3 Day as a crew member, the sweep slots were all filled.

Bummer. I registered as lunch crew, but I have to admit, I wasn't exactly looking forward to it.

But...DKM had me added on a standby list, just in case. And today, someone dropped out and she snagged me the spot, so I totally get to sweep with her this year.

And now I am seriously looking forward to the 3 Day.

Avon is in 2 weeks and I'm pumped for that1--seriously not worried about my back because it's already feeling a little better, and I have Vicodin--but now I'm pumped for Komen.

Nope, no fundraising for Komen. After the Avon, any fundraising I do will be to help out fellow walkers, at least until I start doing it to raise money for the 2013 MS Challenge Walk2.

1Aside from looking forward to seeing how an Avon Walk works and stuff, we're not camping. We're staying in a hotel. With real beds. And the Cheesecake Factory across the street. Oh hell yeah!

2After the Avon Walk, I won't be walk training for a while...I've got to get my crap together and lose the awful amount of weight I've gained since going off HGH. And that means doing things other than walking. But I'll be ready for the MS Walk, for sure.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Just a couple weeks til Avon...

Yep, they fed him...
...and walking has been happening. Day before yesterday we went to San Francisco to meet up with two of my sisters, and we did about 7 miles. It was a comfortable 7, other than my lower back complaining pretty much relentlessly. Everything else was fine. Feet didn't hurt, no blisters...just my back whined.

Today I headed for the outlet mall in Vacaville intending to walk another 7-8, but called it quits at 3, because my back just would not cooperate. What stated with a minor ache whipped itself into searing pain that enveloped my entire lower back and started wrapping around my sides to my front and Motrin wasn't helping, so I decided to stop before it hurt too much to drive home.

I have no idea what it is. This doesn't feel like my typical back pain, where I can feel the grinding in my spine at L4 and L5; this is muscle pain, and I can't figure it out. My shoes aren't worn out, I haven't been carrying anything I normally don't. I'm not sure if my posture is different or not, but I better figure it out fast.

Still, I'm not worried about the Avon walk. It's two days; even if my back hurts, I can handle two days. I will whine and DKM might want to fit me with cement shoes and shove me into the bay halfway through the first day, but I can gut it out.

I'd like to figure it out before then, though.

(80% of the answer is probably lose weight, you moron, because I am carrying more than I was even in Atlanta last October, but still..)

Back or not, I'm looking forward to checking the Avon out and seeing how much I like it.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Playing With The Template...

...not sure how the end result will look, but what the heck, why not...?

Monday, April 30, 2012

Hitting the Hills

Seven miles today.

In San Francisco. For hills.

Went through China Town, headed for Pier 39, shopped, and then walked down the Embarcadero to get back to downtown.

It was more fun than walking should be.

About 3 more weeks to Bay to Breakers...I will be ready.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rockin' the Orange

I think this makes the 2012 Walk Season officially on... DKM and I met up at a park in Walnut Creek for the MS Walk 5K.

Only a tad over three miles, which should normally just be a walk in the park (heh. It was a walk in the park. So, heh.) but come on.

I have to find something to whine about. So I'll whine about the heat. It was supposed to be 60 degrees, but it was 69 when we started and 85 by the time we finished; when it goes up that quickly--in an hour--and you have not enough shade, you get hot.

Thusly, you have the right to whine about it.

So I did.

We walked for friends, and friends of friends. I couldn't remember all the names of all the people I wanted to write down, but I signed up with a really good guy in mind, Mark Carpenter. Vegan Dude. Or Evil Vegan Dude, if the situation warrants.

If you have the print copy of Charybdis, you have one of his photographs. He shot the cover and graciously allowed me to use it. He's also as kind and friendly as he is talented, and he has MS. I'll do another MS Walk, and I'll always walk it for him.

We also walked for DKM's friend Erika, and Jeni and Dean's friend Nikki.

So many good causes to walk for, not enough time to walk them all. I need to get my asterisk in gear and train harder; the Avon Walk is in less than 3 months.

Cool thing about the MS Walk, though...their t-shirts are spiffy, and when you cross the finish line, you get a medal.

So now I have a new reason to find new walks.

Spiffier t-shirts, and shiny things.

I do like my shiny things.

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's a Bouncing Baby Book!

Yesterday I got the proof copy of the print version of Rock the Pink... this is the first time I've included more than a few photos in a book, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. The pictures are in black and white, but they didn't degrade in printing, which was my worry.

It should pop up in the online bookstores in a week or so, but if you have a Kindle or another reader with a Kindle app (you can get the app for the iPad for free!) it went live today, and is a few bucks cheaper than the print one will be.

 Wanna see? Clicky here.

My only disappointment is that image file size limitations mean that the pictures in the Kindle version are on the small side...but they still pop off the screen on a color e-reader. 


In other news, the scab fell off my toe, which is good because now I'm less worried about it turning green and falling off, or perhaps worse, I can quiet the little voice in the back of my head that was mulling over what slow-healing wounds might mean. It also means I can give my spiffy sandals a try again, but this time I'll cover the rubbing bits to avoid a repeat of the problem, at least until they're good and broken in.

I also bought new shoes...and don't laugh but I was thrilled to be able to get a pair of women's running shoes. My big, wide feet don't tend to fit into anything but men's shoes, but by going up a size, I was able to get a pair of pretty black and blue Brooks Glycerine 9 running shoes.

Size 11.

Yeah, I know. Insert your favorite Bigfoot joke here.

This weekend looks like it's going to have nice weather, so I'm going to rack a few miles up, test out a new Camelbak bladder (I hate using one for the first time...tastes plastic.) And I may have found a portable protein source I can manage...I am really liking Chobani's pineapple Greek yogurt, and if I have ice in the Camelbak I can stick one in there and take it with me. It doesn't seem to bother me and it's filling.

You know it's good when you'd rather have the yogurt than chocolate.

Next week: walking around SF if it's not raining. I need me some hills :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sneak Peek

Sheesh.

This sucker is slow healing. It doesn't help that I think my shoes are stretched out enough now that they're sliding around on my feet. Every time I walk with shoes on, I'm irritating the toe.

I did 4 miles today and stopped because the balls of my feet were on fire. Several hours later and they're still tender...which leads back to the shoes, methinks.

Good excuse to buy new shoes.

And, a sneak peek at a book cover...

Barring any screw-ups, it should go to the printer tomorrow.

After that, the formatting to e-readers begins.

Fun thing: this book has pictures. The print version has B&W pictures, but the e-book will have color...should really pop on the iPad, Kindle Fire, and other tablets.

All of the profits will be used to fund walks. If not mine, someone else's.


Friday, March 30, 2012

It's Not Just For The Pink

A good way to kick off a walk season...walk for MS.

Next year I want to participate in the MS Challenge Walk, but DKM was walking the 10K with a team from work and said I could join the team, so I joined! It's less than a month away, but I can do 10K.

So far this year, then:
April 22 MS Walk
May 20 Bay to Breakers
July 7 & 8 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

We'll see what else, based on how my feet hold up :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prizes, Peoples! Prizes!

You want one, you know you do.

The Amazon Kindle Fire.

Store 6000 books. Listen to music and audiobooks. Watch a movie or TV show. Browse the web. Read your email.

This 7" tablet is loaded with options, and it could be yours.

For every $5 you donate, you have a shot at winning one of TWO Kindle Fires. The more you donate, the more chances you have!

Bonus: your donations are tax deductible. And who would you rather have that money, Uncle Sam, or the people who are fighting breast cancer?

Donate directly to my fundraising page at Avon, and you're entered to win.

Already donated? You're already entered! And I love you! Well...maybe not you. You know who you are. But the rest of you, totally! ;)

Winners names will be drawn on July 1, 2012 at approximately 8 p.m.

Monday, March 19, 2012

10 Days Later...

Pretty, eh?

This is from 10 days ago, when I had the bright idea to break in the spiffy sandals on a 5 mile walk.

I knew the sandal had chewed my skin a bit, but at first it looked like a popped blister and I figure it would heal like one.

Then it got itchy, scabbed over, and the skin around it turned red. I thought I was facing a nasty infection and checked it several times a day, ready to bolt to the doc, but it never really got worse than this. Just redder.

Still, I figured by now it would have healed and I'd be back to trying to break in those sandals, but i'm guessing that wouldn't be my brightest move.

Maybe next week. I really want those sandals to work out. We may go to SF this week and walk the hills if the weather cooperates, but I suppose I'll be doing it in shoes.

There's two months until the Bay to Breakers and three and a half or so until the Avon walk...so far no one has asked me to do anything outlandish but one of you sent me some purple camo pants anonymously. Step forward, I just might wear 'em for something!

Friday, March 16, 2012

We Have Tattoos!

After some color issues, I finally have the temporary tattoos available! These are terrific for teams to wear during their breast cancer walks, and they're also great for handing out at fundraising functions, as a thank you gift for donors, or to hand out to runners and walkers at any breast cancer event.

I have 5,000 to start with, and can get more.

You want some, you know you do! Heck, buy 'em off me and turn around and sell them at double the price. We can all make money! Just don't rip off the idea, because I'm in the process of trademarking and I really don't want to have to get all stabby on anyone ;)

I also have on hand 2,000 purple ribbon feet tattoos; purple is the color for cancer awareness ribbons, great for when you participate in a Relay for Life or other cancer awareness events.




Quantities in blocks of 10




It's Walk Season, folks! Help me raise $1800 toward my first event this year, the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in San Francisco on July 7 & 8!

Really don't want any tattoos? You can still donate directly to my fundraising effort on the Avon Walk site--which makes you eligible for future prizes (they are coming!) and donations made through the site are tax deductible.


To donate, click here!

I have to admit, the asking for donations is my least favorite part of this whole thing...but think of the tax deductions, peoples! It can make a big difference on your taxes for this year! AND you help save the boobies!

(I have no shame, really...)
(Seriously. I can be bribed into things. Remember the pink spandex from last year? The pink hair? I WILL DO THINGS!)

And one last thing...a teaser. Thumpa be writing a book. The royalties from it will all be used for fundraising. If I've met my goal, then they go to other walkers. and maybe, just maybe, one of the upcoming prizes might be used to read this book electronically...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Domain

New URL = awabbitwalking.com ... the blogspot URL will forward to the new, but feed readers may need to be changed...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Walk, Sneeze, Walk, Sneeze

The blooming trees are very pretty, but my nose and eyes don't share my appreciation. I was not alone in my misery while walking today, though...on a stretch of bike path about 300 feet long, I heard several other people sneezing, too.

Today's walk was an exercise to break in some spiffy new walking sandals. Like an idiot, though, I left the house without Moleskin, tape, blister bandages...basically I left with a water bottle and no other supplies that one should take when wearing new footwear.

After a mile I could feel them running my big toes raw, so I headed for Safeway, bought some blister bandages, and then went to McD's to get a drink and slap the bandages on. Another quarter mile proved that wasn't enough so I added more...and by the time I got home I had blisters on the upper part of each big toe, the sides, and the ball of each foot.

Very bilateral...I shouldn't have tried to break new sandals in on that long of a walk. I did a little under 5 miles and probably should have gone home after 1 and switched to shoes.

Live and learn.

In other news...Cafepress pulled my "Save Second Base" design because apparently someone has that trademarked, as well as "Save the Boobies." Sorry about that.

And I may be migrating this to a new server, so if the blog disappears for a few hours, it'll be back. The design might change, too, but just a little...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Getting My Walk On...Sort Of...

I am having a hell of a time getting myself motivated to get off my asterisk and take a few walks here and there. In the back of my brain is a little voice that keeps whispering, "The walk isn't until July..." and I'm trying to not listen to it, but...

Yeah, I keep listening to it. I want to stab it in the ear with a Q-tip, but then I would suffer the pain of that, and I'm so not about the pain.

Plus, there's the Bay to Breakers run (I am walking) in May; it's only a little over 7 miles and I can do that, but I still need to get my feet ready for it. And I need to get some hills in because a big chunk of that sucker is uphill. Both ways. In the fog. With naked people.

One of those last three statements carries quite a bit a truth to it.

I will not be one of the naked people, thankyouverymuch.

I can be bought, however; for the right donation to my breast cancer walk fund, you can get me to dye my hair just about any color, get me to walk it in purple camo (let's reserve pink for boobie thingies, ok?) pretty much anything that won't impede my walking or make me overheat.

But, back to actual walk stuffs... I did get outside for a while the day before yesterday and did a fairly easy 5 miles around the outlet mall (where it was apparently Frankenwalker Day...I have never seen so many brand new walking tiny people in one place before.) That's all flat, and I stopped because, honestly, I got bored.

In other news, there are now t-shirts and other assorted merchandise available...I opened a Cafepress store with some Rock the Pink items, as well as Save 2nd Base, Rock the Walk, and Real Mean Wear Pink. And within a week or so I'll have the promised temporary tattoos.

Well, I have some temporary tattoos now, but there were color issues and they came out purple. Since purple is the color for general cancer awareness, I'll find a use for them.

Hey, there we go...I can walk the Bay to Breakers in purple camo with purple temp tattoos and purple hair.

For a price ;)

Monday, February 20, 2012

FIle This Under "No Chit..."

Blisters don't need chemo.

It's almost like a walker's mantra; you'll see it on signs held by walker-cheerleaders, on pink paper stapled to light posts, on t-shirts, and on dozens of walker-blogs.

The first few times I saw it, I agreed; yep, blisters don't need chemo, just some consideration and care.

But after seeing it a hundred times or so...mostly all I think is, "Meh."

And often tacked onto that is, "Yeah, but they freaking suck. And they hurt. And they can get infected. And they HURT."

I know the intent is not to diminish one person's pain over someone else's...but that's pretty much the effect. When you're limping along with the bottom of your foot covered in a blister that has another blister under it, and you have ten more miles to go, seeing one of those signs isn't cute and it isn't encouraging.

It kind of says, "If you stop because of a blister, you're a wuss."

You know the medical crew can red-card you for a bad enough blister? You know an infected blister can lead to all kinds of complications? Sepsis. Amputation.

I've gotten to where I hate seeing this cute little mantra. I don't like its insinuation. I don't like that somewhere in the middle of a 3 Day or an Avon Walk might be someone who sees this and thinks that the searing pain they feel is not reason enough to pack it in for the day.

No, blisters don't need chemo. But they do need attention. They can be serious. They are reason enough to sit down and make an assessment, and they are sometimes enough to stop walking.

I don't know about you, but as much as I believe in the effort that goes into doing these walks to raise money that will hopefully fund the research that finds the cure, I don't believe that anyone should risk too much. Training isn't comfortable; it's ripe for all kinds of pain, but that's fine. That's the necessary effort. You take the risks of potential injury and walk the miles necessary to get ready to walk the "real" walk--but once you are injured, you really need to reassess.

So blisters don't need chemo. Neither do strains, sprains, cuts, abrasions, or broken bones, but no one would suggest to a walk that they keep going if they've snapped their left tibia. No one would blink if someone stopped because they somehow ripped a gash in their thigh and are bleeding enough to need stitches. Yet we champion walking on wounds.

They are wounds.

True, most people will stop when they need to, but in just three walks I've already come across a few people who wouldn't stop even though their feet were practically on fire and covered in fluid-packed blisters. A few who refused to go to the medical tent because it's "just a few blisters," even though what they had were a few huge blisters that were beginning to fill with pus. Because, you know, the pain of that was so much less than someone undergoing breast cancer treatment, suffering through the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Can we please stop saying this?

Surely we have enough other cute little motivational sayings. Save Second Base! Fight Like a Girl! DO IT FOR THE BOOBIES!

But not this one. Let's top championing a mindset that has potential--even if remote--for someone to go beyond the point they should.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

After I got my tattoo, a few people asked about a temporary tattoo for their own use.

Today, I uploaded the artwork to get a chit ton of 2" x 2" tattoos, so within 2 weeks I should have some.

No, not for free. Sorry. I'd like to, but this has the markings of a decent fundraiser. They won't be spendy, though. But they will be awesome!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Gearing Up For This Year...



July 7 & 8
San Francisco
Very excited to try a new walk...
So the training begins in earnest.