And Boy Are My Legs Tired

Posted By on May 18, 2008

Today was my American Cancer Society Walk & Roll. I am happy to say that I walked all five miles and I only complained for less than half of it. But that was mostly because I was winded from walking (activity really pisses The Lazies off) and also because I was prepared, clothes-wise, for the weather along Chicago’s lakefront.

First off, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated! I reached my goal and raised over $1,000! And in the coming weeks, one of you lucky donaters will win a cooler that I should be receiving for my fine solicitation skills. In addition, our six-person team raised almost $6,000 for the American Cancer Society. Yay team!

Today was actually a pretty nice day. The rain held off and the sun was out most of the day. It was a bit chilly, especially when we were walking right next to the lake, but nothing like a bit of cold air and the threat of losing your ear lobes to frostbite to push you that extra step to get your fat, lazy across the finish line.

As promised, here is a photo tour of Kristabella and her fat ass, dressed in black, mourning the death of her streak of inactivity, along the five-mile course.

At the beginning, our young heroine was all happy and sunshine and puppies and rainbows. At this point, she had regained the air back into her lungs after running 1/2 a block to the train and up two flights of stairs in what seemed like 10 seconds. She did this AND swiped her CTA card and didn’t even have to jump the turnstile. It took about 8 stops along the way for the wheezing to stop.

It was all smiles and thumbs up until we actually had to WALK.

The one bad thing about this event is that you are cramming like thousands of walkers on one small sidewalk along the route. And let me tell you (I’m talking to you, kids), walking means actually moving your feet and legs to propel yourself forward, NOT stand in one place. I have nice long legs. It actually hurts me deep in my soul when I have to take teensy small baby steps.

The great thing about the walk is the views along the way. Chicago is such a great city. Here I am about two miles in, resting my wheezing body, while taking in a great view. Oooh! Pretty water! And boats!

Or maybe I’m wistfully thinking about the lunch and beer I will be consuming once I finish this walk.

As the walk went on, the idiot slow walkers fell far behind and we moved to the middle of the pack to the people who take normal sized steps. We were nearing the turnaround point, heading into the home stretch and I could feel my muscles rebelling. I told them to “REJOICE! The end is near! Soon we shall sit down and drink barley and hops!”

That was not comforting to them. So we had to stop for water breaks to rest and fight the muscle rebellion going on between the quadriceps and hamstrings. And other muscley names of things in my body.

Whew! All this walking and breathing sure makes a girl thirsty. And over-dramatic.

Finally, after what seemed like 10 more miles, we made it to the end. And I finished! Look! I even smiled!

And then I died.

The end.

Thanks again to everyone who donated! It means a lot to me that you all were so generous! And if you still want to donate, like you forgot or you feel sorry for me and all that walking I did, oh how EXAUSTING, then you can still click here or on the badge to the right to contribute.


In other news, I bought this purse at Target this weekend, and I’m not sure if I like it. I can’t decide if it is cute or if I’ve turned into an old lady and next I’m going to wear orthopedic shoes and smell like moth balls and complain about those damn kids and their loud rock and roll.

What do you think?

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


34 Responses to “And Boy Are My Legs Tired”

  1. HouseofJules says:

    Congrats on walking for a good cause! You rock!
    House of Jules

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  2. Jrm says:

    Like the purse

  3. Coast Rat says:

    Congratulations, Kristin! Good job!

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  4. Nancy says:

    You go (or went) girl!
    Congratulations on the completed walk.

    I love the 2nd to last shot of you finishing =)

    Nancy’s last blog post..“Think Different” … “Dude”

  5. Missy says:

    Good work on the walk! And I do like the purse. It’s kinda classy but the tassle is cute. I am going to be looking for one about that size so I’m glad to see they are out there.

    Missy’s last blog post..Housekeeping, Literally

  6. Mahnee says:

    Congrats on finishing the race and for raising so much money for such a good cause!

    If I say I like the purse, you’ll be convinced it’s for old ladies.

  7. Noelle says:

    Congrats on the walk and the purse! You can fit so many things in there… Like a good pair of walking shoes.

    Noelle’s last blog post..Darling, you look radishing

  8. Ashmystir says:

    YAY!! Good for you. I need to do something like that.

    Purse is cool!


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  9. Raven says:

    Congrats hon!

    My donation is OBV very late, but it still helps right?

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  10. Jenn says:

    The las time I did a 5 mile walk, I was lapped by a one-legged man so you are officially a rock star to me for finishing! I happen to think you should love your purse so much that you want to sing to it. But, really, it is supposed to hold your stuff so if it does that; keep it.

    Jenn’s last blog post..9-0-2-1- Noooo!

  11. Mouncie123 says:

    Congrats on your walk! Good for you and your body!
    Purse is cute.
    Nice to see you smile.

  12. Sarah says:

    I love the purse. It’s perfect for summer.
    Congrats on the Cancer walk! I’m doing one in two weeks in Chicago myself. Except it’s the 2 day/40 Mile Breast Cancer one. This is my first time, and I keep thinking…what did I get myself into? I don’t exercise. EVER.

    Sarah’s last blog post..Check Me Out!

  13. -R- says:

    Congrats on the walk! I am impressed at how much money you raised!

    I like the purse. I have one that is very similar, so please don’t tell me it’s an old lady purse.

    -R-‘s last blog post..Things That Make Me Crazy

  14. Celia says:

    Love the purse, it’s very summery but still trendy.
    Congrats on the walk! I hope the beer was worth it at the end.

    Celia’s last blog post..Ok, New Plan….

  15. Melissa says:

    Congrats on your walk!! You did it!! And probably had a beer after, too!!

    I think the purse is cute and so not Grandmalike…

    Melissa’s last blog post..In My Last Life I Was An Octopus….

  16. Betty says:

    Good for you!

  17. angel says:

    oh wow! it’s been a really sucktastic two weeks, but i have to say you just cheered me right up with the photo tour! i think this might have been the first time i’ve laughed out loud in about eleven days…sorry about the fact that your misery equals my laughter!! :o)

    oh, and the bag…hmmm. i think this purse is a case of being good or bad depending on what you pair with it. i think cute sandals would make it look nice. but if you wear running shoes all the time the way i do, this purse might take you down grandma lane.

  18. Ree says:

    yay for you!

    As for the purse. I like it, but somehow, it doesn’t seem like you…. I think it’s because I’m the old lady…and you are the young whippersnapper!

    Ree’s last blog post..Password Protection – edited: never mind.

  19. Dingo says:

    I did not realize the walk would also be a photojournal. It’s terrific! The purse–hmmm…it could go either way, I think depending on what you wear. Breezy summer dress and sandals, yes! Anything else and the frump factor rises — unless it’s big enough for you to carry beer for your next walk! Then you’ll look like the cool grandma!!

    Dingo’s last blog post..Mullet Over

  20. Yay you. Walk on, girl. As for the purse, snip off that tassle thing and it’s great.

    HollowSquirrel’s last blog post..He doesn’t like them either.

  21. Vanessa says:

    Congrats on the walk, great photos too! Now see, it’s pictures like those that will cause me to consider the city.

    Umm, don’t really like the purse, but I’m not at all up with fashion so maybe don’t let my opinion carry too much weight.

  22. Lela says:

    Grats on all the walking! I spent the weekend high on codeine! Lol!

    The purse is cute, not one I would use (it would look so fab with my daily garb of converse and jeans), but if it suits you then swing that baby proudly!

    Lela’s last blog post..Codeine Today. Codeine Tomorrow?

  23. Laurel says:

    1. Congratulations on the walk!
    2. I forgot to donate. I am ashamed.
    3. Can I make it up to you in beer?
    4. The purse is adorable! Keep it!

    Laurel’s last blog post..Friday Four

  24. Angella says:

    Congratulations on the walk! Woo!

    Proud of you 🙂

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  25. Danielle says:

    Great job on the walk! Sorry I didn’t donate….I suck. I’ll totally make it up to you in some un-creepy way though, if you want! (beer? Mac ‘n’ cheese?)
    The purse…it’s a gamble! It’s cute, but at the same time, I’m getting a slight whiff of mothballs. But that could just be the smell coming off my own purse, so, just ignore me.
    PS: I got to the part in Jen’s book about YOU! Yay, you! 🙂

    Danielle’s last blog post..Attack of the bugs-continued

  26. aka Alice says:

    You can complain about those kids and their damn rock and roll even if you don’t keep the purse (which I like by the way…very summery).

    Oh and congrats on the walk and getting to the group that takes the grown-up steps

    aka Alice’s last blog post..“In the dark, you could pass for 28!”

  27. Amy says:

    YAY for you and all the walking! I do think the purse is cute and summery so carry it and carry it well!!!!

  28. Lys says:

    Congrats – you did it! Take THAT lazies!

    As for the purse, don’t shoot me but it’s okay, nothing I’d dream and fondle every time I go in the store. Again, that’s just me – she who would rather pull a calf muscle on a 4″ stiletto to impress a boy than wear flats. My fashion rationale is a bit ummm… off the mark sometimes.

    Lys’s last blog post..80 Days or, in the alternative, What Do You Mean I Have To Pack My Suitcase – Again…

  29. Prettyneato says:

    Congrats on the walk! Don’t you feel awesome? The BFF and I are participating in at least 1 charitable walk each month. It’s an amazing feeling.

    Oh, and I think the purse is cute. It’d look great with jeans.

    Prettyneato’s last blog post..6 years?! Already!

  30. Candy says:

    So first, congrats! I’m glad you raised your goal and actually finished. Not that I had any doubts ::cough::

    Second, I like that purse. And I think knowing that, you have all the information you need as to whether you’re old or fashionable.

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  31. Congrats on completing the walk! 🙂

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  32. Cathy says:

    Love the purse.
    Congrats on your walk.

    Cathy’s last blog post..I Am, I Am, I Am SuperMan

  33. Shelly says:

    Hey Kristin!
    CONGRATS on the walk and raising so much money for a great cause! KEEP THE PURSE- it’s not an old lady bag unless you have papers sticking out of it and your keys are safety pinned to the straps!

  34. Helmet says:

    well done!!!

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