Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Princess Guide: It's a Stretch

Hi there.
Still trying to catch up on my 74 posts in 74 days -- 3-Day Style. This one is going to be a bit of a stretch, but we'll see what we can do to tie it in!

BTW.... Did you know you should stretch for 5 minutes for every hour of walking you do??? Especially if you're old and creaky and have funky feet like I do!

But enough of that. On Saturday, the girls and I took off for the MotherLand. BUT we decided to take the scenic route through Dallas and meet up with some of our Team Tiara family on the way.

And boy, did we meet up. We met at Babe's Chicken, and Holy Cow, that place is good. So good that's where we're going to have our Thursday night get-together before the walk in November. So good that I didn't even think to take a picture of the food. So good I thought about asking if I could get a to-go vat of the Banana Pudding. But I resisted. Oh, and Oh My Goodness -- they have this Jalapeno Honey Mustard stuff that's just DREAMY. I can't wait!

Here we all are outside of Babe's. Next time I'm going to find a different place to stand in the picture. That wagon wheel was just AWKWARD. (But someone had to balance Kait.) Nevertheless, aren't we a great-looking group???

So here is where the stretch part starts. BUT I do think I have a tie-in. Sort of.

Labor Day weekend is our weekend to always go to the farm. This year we were short a Dad and about 30 friends hunting doves, but the girls got to ride a LOT. And for them, that's what it's all about anyway.

Tie-in #1: It's all about safety. Whether you're riding horses or training for the 3-Day, you've got to keep safety in mind. Just as my girls aren't allowed on a horse without a helmet, you shouldn't go out without the right equipment. Be sure to bring your water bottle. And don't forget reflective clothing if you're walking at night.

Check out those teeth -- or the lack thereof!

Tie-in #2: Practice makes perfect. Our girls ride really well, considering they only get on a horse a few times a year. They're both learning to ride poles, they have no fear, and they do great. BUT... Imagine how well they would ride if they had access to horses all the time. If they could spend their summer days with Simon and Sugar and just ride to their heart's content. All that practice would come in handy, right??
The same goes for the 3-Day. You can't wake up on November 3 and expect to walk 60 miles. You've got to get out there and be walking now. Training. Practicing. Finding out what works for you and what doesn't.
I know this is coming across as my saying, "Do as I say, not as I do." If it is, you're right. But the fact of the matter is, I'm not going to walk 60 miles in November. My goal is 45. I'd love to do 60, but time will tell. And while I'm not walking yet, my bike and I have been working hard to get ready.
If you're planning to walk then, you need to be walking now. Believe it or not, there's only one Suzi Bruin.

Tie-in #3: Take time to rest, refuel and rehydrate. I don't know that there's much in life that's more relaxing than watching your daughters help their favorite horses cool down -- or much in life that warms your heart more.
You, too, need to take time to cool down and rest between training walks!

Tie-in #4: Don't pee in the showers. Nuf said.

Tie-in #5: Sometimes you've got to bring in the Big Guns to get the job done! Just as Uncle Max and the girls used the biggest tractor imaginable to plow the arena, sometimes you've got to bring in the big guns. That's how I look at the 3-Day. This isn't some dinky little walk. This is a WALK. We're raising a lot of money, and we're gonna find a CURE!!!

Tie-in #6: Just follow the herd. Don't worry about how you'll know where to go on the walk. There are plenty of signs and plenty of walkers just ahead of you to pave the way!

The 3 Amigos...

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