I was pretty excited to be truthful, about starting the walk. I was really looking forward to doing the first 10kms on my own, at my own speed, listening to my IPOD, and enjoying the walk for what it was - raising money for the work of school chaplains.
I dressed in what I thought would be my comfiest pants (and they were) and was relieved that the official Ks for Kids tee felt nice to wear. I had packed an alternative outfit in the car to change into if need be at the 2nd 10 kms. There is nothing worse or more distracting then having painful chafing occuring anywhere .......
I love my new Nike pack that I wore very comfortably and was just the right size for what I wanted to carry:
A special pocket for my Iphone so I could follow my progress on Pedometer Pro and listen to my tunes. And then a slim pocket behind that to fit a couple of tissues, bandaids, lip balm & panadol.
Started the day with a quick juice:
|Pomegranate, Apple & Banana - nice start to the day!|
The beach slowed us down and so by now there were a few more people round. We tried to detour from the beach as soon as possible and then it got a little confusing as there were not enough markers to show us where to go. But i made it to the next checkpoint in 1 hour 15mins - quickest 10 kms I'd done so far.
Toilet stop before a quick drink, a piece of orange and collecting the rest of the crew for the next 10 kms:
|Ocean, Amber, Annabel, Eden, me & Anna|
By 11 we'd hit the beach and there was nothing but beach till we reached the end at Coolangatta. Thankfully my headache had subsided, and it was low tide so the sand was pretty hard.
By 11:15 I caved and let all the kids take their shoes off, they were way more used to walking in bare feet so this to them, was like freedom. It certainly upped their energy levels, although we then had to carry those shoes and were definitely lagging somewhere in the middle of the group now.
On the home stretch we thankfully caught up with some guys from our church, so this pepped the kids up a bit, and gave me some scintillating adult conversation for a bit. Awesome!
We all had to take our shoes off to cross a gushing water run-off river cut through the beach, but by then I think we were all a little relieved to have our shoes off and get some saltwater therapy. And then it was up the stairs (ooooo very wobbly legs) to the boardwalk & into Queen Elizabeth Park. YAY!
I just collapsed onto the grass as I was feeling pretty hot, tired and dehydrated by then. I'd had to give my hat to one of the other girls and I could not see water being handed out anywhere so Luke had to get my water from the car while the kids feasted on sno cones and free snags on bread.
At one stage I do remember turning to Luke and saying: "remind me to never do this again" but now, in hindsight, I reckone I could do it all over again next year!!
Oh yeh, and my girls & I raised just under $1500!