Today was a pretty awesome day. The walk definitely got off to a great start.
My day began at 4:40am (I like to talk a walk a stretch a little before breakfast). After making sure everything was set to go and having some oatmeal and a banana for breakfast my mom, dad, sister and I headed down to Jubilee. I wanted to make sure I got there early so I’d be there when everyone else started arriving. We got there at about 6:40. Jubilee doesn’t open until 7 but there were already two people waiting outside the door by the time we arrived.
I was absolutely thrilled at the turn out. I think I counted 18 people who all came out to see me off and walk with me. Thank you all so much for coming out and supporting this cause. I cannot adequately express how much it meant to me to see so many people outside Jubilee, at 7am on a weekend, just to come spend some time walking with me. It felt incredible to turn around as we were walking up 5th Avenue and see the side walk filled with so many of my friends (some of whom I had seen in probably years) and family. I want to sincerely thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart. This was certainly be one of the most special experiences I’ve had in my life.
I want to extend an even deep expression of appreciation and gratitude to Josh Zorich. You are one of the most awesome people and best friend ever. Josh walked with me the entire way; from Jubilee to Murrysville. I didn’t think walking by myself last Sunday was that bad, but having Josh there to talk to the whole way made the walk infinitely easier and more enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed the hours of conversation we had. Thank you so much.
I also want to thank and commend my father for walking with me (and Josh) for the majority of the day – from Jubilee to 2.2 miles into Oakland and then from Penn Hills to Murrysville. I was extremely impressed. I know that it wasn’t easy for you and you’ll probably be really feeling it tomorrow (remember to ice), but the fact that you kept going and made it all the way to Murrysville was inspiring for me.
Hopefully the weather we had today will follow me throughout my walk. It was nice and cool in the morning and never got too hot. I did some how manage to get sunburn on my neck, which I only noticed after I finished walking, but it’s not too bad. I will just be sporting the uber sweet farms tan around my neckline for a while – it’s a pretty cool look if you ask me anyway (ok maybe not).
So one day and 20 miles down- 24 days and 345 more miles to go.