Saturday, June 19, 2010

HCTC Training Walk

It was an early morning wake up call today. The alarm went off at 6:45am -- and on a Saturday, that's a tough thing to hear -- time to get up and get moving. Harbor City Titty Committee (HCTC) was meeting up for a 7 mile training walk!

This is the first official training walk that I've attended which has been sponsored through the Susan G. Komen 3-Day website. I've been kind of hesitant to sign up for them. I don't know why. Maybe it's going by myself to meet up with people I don't know. Luckily for me, five other members of the HCTC were there today, so I didn't feel out of place.

Lori D, Lori C, Nancy, Jen and one of our newest team members, Christy, met up at Down's Park in Pasadena, MD. Once there, we hooked up with Training Walk Leader Jennifer Delandy, plus a handful of other women. I should really say that the others met up, and I came in late because of getting lost after taking a stupid turn that I shouldn't have taken. But anyway...

We got under way walking the perimeter trail of Down's Park. The trial is a 3.5 mile loop through mostly wooded areas right by the Chesapeake Bay. There were trail markers every tenth of a mile, so you could easily track your progress. We walked the trail clockwise first, then turned around and walked the loop again counter-clockwise, totalling 7 miles.

So, what did I think of the event?

I really enjoyed walking with my HCTC friends - having them there made it much, much, MUCH easier to walk so far, compared to if I tried to do that on my own. We did get separated throughout the morning for various reasons, and we paired off and clumped up in different formations, giving everyone a chance to chat. (except Lori D, who had another place to be at 10:00 so she zoomed ahead and walked the whole thing herself, probably in about half our time!)

I found that I did not really mingle much with the other folks who were on this walk. I'm not really good at the whole mingle thing, never really have been, and I'm always awkward and uncomfortable in a new group of people. It's one of my worst traits. So I didn't really benefit from the "get out and meet new people" aspect of this walk. It's my own fault, really, so I'm not complaining, just noting.

Overall, I am very glad I went. We got hot and tired, but we all finished, and most of us probably would not have been so successful on our own. So, the HCTC is going strong!

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