Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Walk with Me

So I've signed up for the Walk To Fight Arthritis, which is taking place in Toronto on May 30. A number of my friends and family are taking part with me, and it's wonderful to have their support.

I was surprised at their reaction to the walk length, though. Participants have the option of walking 1 km or 5 km. I know I can do 1 km, so I thought I'd challenge myself and my sore feet and other joints and sign up for the 5 km.

When I told my sister Jamie, she was a little taken aback. Was she worried about me? No, not at all! She was worried she wouldn't be able to do it and said she might have to grab hold of my belt loops and have me drag her along!

Next, I told Leotard about the length. She joked she'd bring our horse, Lex, along. I said, "Great idea!" Which I thought it was, until she said, "Yeah, so I can jump on him, if I can't finish the walk!" I was like, "What do you mean, if you can't finish???? If anyone is going to have trouble, it's going to be me! It's just a freakin' 5 km! You should be able to do it!"

Next, I was talking to Jane, friend and ex-editor of Style at Home (and present editor of Chatelaine). She'll be doing the walk, too. She said she was going to bring a bike just in case she couldn't finish the walk – um, excuse me, what's with everyone thinking they can't walk 5 km!!!! (OK, I'm sure she was joking, but still!)

Maybe I've just always been a big walker (and, yes, it's true, I love walking – or did before my feet started hurting), but, jeez, I can't believe how freaked out people are by this. Me, yes! Them, no!

P.S. If you'd like to sponsor me, go to this link, enter Frozen Woman under "Team Name," then click on my name (Laurie Grassi) and donate away! Much appreciated!


  1. Yay! I'm in my second year on the organizing committee for this in my city - it's a ton of fun. I know you'll have a great time!

    I'll be signing up online this week. I'm getting excited already. :)

  2. Hi Helen, WarmSocks!

    I'm looking forward to it! It will be fun getting together with everyone and the walk location here is a beautiful park – plus, it'll be a whole lot less stressful than 10 km runs I've done in the past, so woohoo on that front!

    Have a great day! Hope the weather for both of you today is as beautiful as it's promising to be here! :) L

  3. Laurie, where is the walk taking place?

  4. Hey Helen,

    The Glendon campus of York University at Bayview & Lawrence.

  5. Lovely!

    I hope it's warm and sunny that day.

  6. Hi Laurie (and everyone)! You will do fine! If you have run 10k walking 3 miles hopefully won't be too bad. I'm too stupid to quit walking... I sometimes scale it back when I hurt too much... but I won't quit. I have a feeling that taking it slowly in this walk will be a good thing so don't push yourself more than your body is willing to take.

    The Austin walk is April 24 (the day after I turn 45... oh joy) and I'm already signed up for it. Funny... This is the first walk that I will be doing to do something for "my" cause. It should be interesting.

  7. Hey April,

    Thanks for the words of encouragement! I've been trying to walk here and there and get to the gym to work out on the elliptical, and my feet haven't been too bad – really just depends on the day – so keep your fingers crossed! I'll do the same for you!

    And happy birthday in advance!

    :) L

  8. Hey Laurie~

    This is awesome - I've been thinking about getting involved in something like this. Seems like it would be really rewarding. But, you know, maybe after I stop being a crazy law student. Though I wish I was closer to you so that I could just join in on this one with you. Many much good luck and support from me!! Keep us posted on how it goes!!


  9. Hi Mariah! I think it will be lots of fun, and we've already raised $1,000, which is way more than I was expecting to!!! Someday we'll walk together somehow, somewhere doing something – maybe just shopping haha!! Take care and enjoy the weekend! :) L