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Here’s a delightful story of a mother and daughter who keep connected even though they walk at two different speeds…
Mother and daughter Susan and Krista have been walking together since 2002, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Even though they don’t have the same stride, they still manage to share the 3-Day journey together.
The 3-Day is a family tradition for this pair. Says Krista, “This is our thing. And now that I am married, we have another reason to keep walking. My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. When we got married, rather than having favors for our guests, we honored our moms by donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in their honor. I love that we walk together, and now my husband is part of our personal 3-Day crew. We’ve really made it a family affair!”
Walking together has been a challenge, though. Susan shares, “I am a slow walker! The 3-Day staff caboose knows me well! Krista and I start each day’s walk together, but she continues at her pace and waits for me at the pit stops or lunch. We meet up at the end of the route so we can walk into camp together. That time is the best!”
Krista agrees. “My mom’s challenge is to keep up with her training so she can keep up with me!”
Though Krista may pull ahead on the route, she doesn’t leave her mother behind. Susan explains: “I was way behind Krista and was really struggling to keep going. She wrote me little notes on the motivational signs along the route. Seeing her words of encouragement really kept me going.”
Krista added, “Oh the notes! I loved doing those for Mom. It was almost like we were walking together. Another favorite is how she always stops for stickers from every single person cheering us along the route. It completely stops my momentum, but it’s so fun to watch her light up with every sticker.”
Susan has some advice for other walkers who are part of a pair: “If it’s important for you to walk the entire three days together, you need to train together. If you walk some of your 3-Day miles apart, enjoy the special memories you’ll make with other walkers. We love sharing stories about people we met, and what we saw along the way.”
Is your pace fast, medium or slow? How does your 3-Day team stick together along the route? Please share your stories in the comments section below.