Monday, September 22, 2014

MS Challenge Walk 2014 - Day 3

Here we go. . . we've made it to Day 3 of the MS Challenge Walk.  We woke up feeling a little sore but so grateful the pouring rain came overnight and stopped by walk time.  It was literally some of the loudest rain I've ever heard.  It woke me up twice during the night!

Here we our in front of our cabin before heading out to walk 10 miles.  It is such a relief to know you only have to walk 10 miles after walking 20 miles each day for the two previous days!  Kate was injured and even though she wanted to walk we wouldn't let her.  At least she had pink tape to coordinate with our team shirts!

Photo by Dan Young
I really wanted to do a jumping photo but I didn't think I'd be able to convince my teammates knowing how sore everyone was. . . I never should have doubted The Bean Team.  My girls rock and were all for it (good thing since we had to jump about 7 times to get a good photo)!  I love this photo and I think we make excellent jumping beans!! :)

The "Dunkin Donuts" rest stop is always a favorite on Day 3.  Munchkins make everything better!

Photo by Andrew Child
As we walked along Emily had a genius idea to take a photo in the mirror on the road.  Right as she was getting ready to pose for it Andrew, one of the photographers, drove by and pulled over to jump out of his car to take the photo.  He thought it was a genius idea too!

Photo by Zach Child
Photo by Andrew Child

 Day 3 includes a lot of single file walking.  We pretty much walked in this formation for 10 miles.  When we saw the photographer we wanted to do something cool for the photo except we weren't coordinated enough to get all arms in alternating positions!
Always a favorite spot to stop for a photo!  Such an appropriate street name especially on Day 3.

It was so nice to see Kate and my mom as we approached the finish line!  Kate got to finish the walk with us and I promise you we were all happy to be done!  I was especially sore by this point and a massage was calling my name (too bad it was THE WORST/MOST AWKWARD massage ever)!

Photo by Andrew Child

Done!  Walked 50 miles for MS WITH MS and I'll keep doing it for as long as I can!  I know there will be a cure and I'm so thankful to everyone who donated to me for this walk.  I thought of all of you while I was walking!

We're so cute!

This is actually the pre-finish line which is in Dennis.  Once there people hang out, eat lunch, get massages, etc.  Then we all get our "parade shirts" (orange for people with MS and blue for everyone else) and load the yellow school buses for Hyannis.  Once in Hyannis all the walkers, crew and staff finish the walk TOGETHER!  We parade down Main St. with all of our family and friends watching.  It is quite the scene (with a fire engine leading the way)!

So grateful to all of our family members who drove down to The Cape to cheer us in!  The kids were especially happy to see their moms (Jenn and Meghan) and aunties (Leigh Ann and I)!

We all went to Ben and Jerry's to celebrate with ice cream!  The girls thought that was a great idea!!!  Then it was time to make the 1.5 hour drive home.  Thankfully I had Emily to chat with and keep me awake.  When I got home that night I pretty much crashed.  Went to bed at 8 PM and slept 12 hours.  I woke up the falling day feeling good.  I relaxed most of the day and got a massage.  It was wonderful.

It is so hard to sum up these 3 days in a sentence or two.  It is one of the best weekends of my year every year.  It is the greatest way to end my summer!  I love the MS Challenge Walk and all of the people who participate.  I'm so thankful to all of the walkers, crew members and staff who make this the most fabulous 3 days. . .

To my teammates (Jenn, Meghan, Leigh Ann, Kate and Emily) - THANK YOU!  Thank you for walking by my side for 50 miles.  Thank you for raising so much money for MS.  Thank you for supporting me and caring about people with MS. 

To my mom and dad - Thank You for volunteering your time and for cheering us in each day.  Your committed to this cause is obvious and I'm so grateful to have such supportive parents.

The Bean Team is already created for the 2015 MS Challenge Walk.  I'm still waiting to hear from my teammates on who is in again. . .

Go read about Day 1 and Day 2!

P.S.  I can't believe I almost forgot to tell you how much we raised!  The Bean Team raised $13,696 and I raised $3,712.  Can you believe it?!  Outstanding!!!!