Monday, July 2, 2012

Relay for Life

I finally got around to posting about the Relay for Life event that I had mentioned that I'd be a part of this year.  It took place on Saturday, June 9th at a local high school.

Due to all that was going on, I failed to capture some of the critical moments of this 24-hour walk-fest.  The afternoon got really warm, and even though it had been a few years since I've acquired any significant sun damage (click here to read why I'm pretty set on protecting myself), I wound up with a slightly red face and dark strip of my shoulder that I neglected to cover properly in sunscreen.

For an event whose partial purpose is to educate people about cancer prevention, this was no good.

Anyway, things kicked off around 9:15 am or so on that Saturday.  The "rule" of this event is that at least one person from your team is supposed to be walking on the track for the entire 24 hours.  I think this crowd was a bit lax about that rule, and thank goodness since we only had four members on our team.

I'm not sure why this was something I've been wanting to do, so much so that it was on my "bucket"/to-do list, but I do know that my friend had been mentioning it quite a bit since he was personally impacted by cancer.

photo credit: Eyedea & Events
The early parts of the day were fine -- I walked with my friends and "The Ukrainian" for some periods.  I even played around a little bit.  For the millionth time, I'm going to mention that I used to run track in high school, so I still find tracks to be very fun places -- too bad it's tough to get access to one in my neck of the woods.

Eventually, I just busted out my Injinjis and flip-flops when my running shoes got uncomfortable.

photo credit: Eyedea & Events
Consumed on this day were various fruits and snacks that we brought, along with In N Out (grilled cheese for me, if you were wondering) and Vietnamese take out.  By the evening, we were realllly cold because it got very windy.

At one point, everyone at the event walked a lap with their glow sticks in the dark in silence (or the best they could do, anyway!).  That was probably the most moving part of the event, and I got to walk that lap with my bestie and love.  I'm sure we all felt thankful and lucky to be able to participate in something like that.

"The Ukrainian" and I left for a few hours to get some sleep (a band wouldn't stop playing music all night, which is great if people walked, but they didn't) and returned very early the next morning.

In total, I'm pretty sure I walked about 15 miles in total.  My Garmin ran out of batteries at some point.

I have to admit that walking 15 miles is, in many ways, tougher than running that same distance.

By the way, these wipes are very handy when it comes to feeling cooler on a hot day.  If you have some space in your pockets or whatever you carry during your runs, this might be your secret weapon on a hot day.  I, for one, exert more effort when I'm feeling nice and cool: 

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of this product and was not otherwise compensated to give a positive review.


  1. Where do you find those cool towelettes? I didn't know there was such a thing!

  2. You can order these awesome towelettes through Amazon.

  3. What a great event! Nice job. I can see how walking 15 miles would feel far different than running it. The time on your feet would be so much greater. Well done for a great cause!