3-Day Walk Training: Travail and Trivial

Training is probably not an accurate description.

One of the many blessings from the 3-Day Walk for the Cure is my regular 5-6 mile walks.

But, with slightly over 90 days until my 9th Walk, I consider myself in training mode. And this summer has been particularly challenging.

Channeling Ratso Rizzo

Walking in Boise instead of San Diego (where I lived for 20+ years) is definitely different.

  • There are more four-legged cheerleaders along the route
  • The summer heat is a schedule-breaker
  • There is a lot less traffic

You would think that last point makes for a walk in the park environment.

For the most part, that’s true. But, I still find myself channeling Ratso Rizzo.

“Hey, I’m walking here.”

I’m not sure if it’s so unexpected to find someone walking along that route, but I have been almost hit – twice – in the middle of the same crosswalk.

I know what you’re thinking. Find a different route.

It’s less about the route and more about the cell phones plastered to the drivers’ ears. Hmm, maybe Boise isn’t so different from San Diego.

If the Heat Doesn’t Kill You

Remember that line in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? (must be movie day)

  • Sundance and Butch are preparing to leap from a high cliff into a river
  • Sundance says: I can’t swim
  • Butch replies: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.

That pretty much sums up this summer.

  • Triple-digit heat has me scurrying for cooler times of the day
  • I’ve considered a miner’s hat with a light for 4 A.M. walks
  • Then multiple fires suffocated the air in the Boise valley

The air quality has me yelling, “Uncle.” With a history of asthma, the polluted air knocks me out.

The good news is I was back on the route yesterday.


I cannot believe there’s only 90 days (okay, 92) until I meet up with my Fight Like A Girl teammates for another 3-Day Walk for the Cure.

I return to my beloved San Diego and 3 days, 60 miles of hills and ocean walks. Walk on!

There’s a new rule this year.

  • We have to raise the minimum before we can check in
  • We used to have a month after the Walk to hit the $2,300 minimum
  • So far, I’ve raised $1,551

That leaves $749 – about $8/day. If you can donate any amount, I would be very grateful.

Keep the old lady walking. Click on the sidebar or go directly to my Personal Page.

  • If you are unable to contribute, think blister-free thoughts for me
  • If you would like me to wear a loved one’s name on the Walk (as shown in picture), let me know in Comments
  • Feel free to share this post for all those battling cancer and for those we lost

Thank you for listening about the travail and trivial events for training.

And a huge thank you to my Contributors – you rock!

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  1. Kim Lemon says

    Cathy, I am turning on the giant fan right now to blow all the bad air out of Boise (wish I could anyway). But don’t worry… if anyone can pull this off… it would be you. Always an inspiration!
    BTW, I’m liking the $8 challenge idea.

  2. says

    I wish you could, Kim. The air has been awful, but it is getting better. Don’t you love the $8 theme? I have such great friends, such as you. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by, Kim. Hope your summer is going well.

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