Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

132 Days To Go - Training in the Heat

TRAINING

Week 20 Recommended Training: 17 Miles + 45 Minutes of X-Training
My Week 20 Actuals:  18.1 Miles and no X-Training

Week 20 is the first week I have not met the training goals.  I was on the road for work and unable to find a hotel with workout equipment AND that would allow me to have the Callie Dog with me.  Also, I wasn't feeling well most of the week, even the mileage during the week was split into smaller walks rather than the longer recommended walks.  Do not fear, I haven't lost motivation - sometimes you have to listen to your body and do the best you can at that time.  I will likely do extra cross-training this week to make up for some of what I did not do last week.

WEEK 20 Training:
Monday, 5/24 - Rest
Tuesday, 5/25 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
Wednesday, 5/26 - 15 Minutes Moderate Cross-Training
Thursday, 5/27 - 5 Mile Moderate Walk
Friday, 5/28 - 30 Minutes Easy Cross-Training
Saturday, 5/29 - 6 Mile Easy Walk
Sunday 5/30 - 4 Mile Easy Walk
 
I will be doing the airport experience this coming Saturday, so I am going to try and get as much of my 6 miles for 5/29 while waiting in the airports.
 
 
TRAINING IN THE HEAT
As the temperatures warm up (rather quickly here in Iowa), training in warm/hot weather requires 3-day walkers to remember the popular mantra "DRINK, PEE, NO IV"!  It is recommended you drink at least 8 ounces of water and 8 ounces of gatorade every hour. For most of us, that equates to about 16 ounces of liquid every 3 miles or so.  Here are some tips for you:
 
1)  Invest in a camel pak - most hold 2 liters of liquid (approximately 32 ounces), plus you can pack it with ice so your beverage stays nice and cool.
2)  Map your routes where you have a place to refill on liquid and use the restroom every 3-4 miles.  Worse come to worse, do three mile loops to your residence.
3)  If your 4-legged friend walks with you during training, make sure you carry extra water for your pooch... dehydration can occur just as easily in your pet.
4)  Don't like the heat?  Worse come to worse, do your training walks at the local mall / Wal-Mart / grocery store.  I am not a fan of this option... and remember, the weather may not be ideal during your 3-day event so training in all types of weather helps you mentally prepare for the worst nature has to offer.
5)  Walk early in the morning or later in the evening if your schedule allows... 10 degrees difference in temperature when you are walking even 3 miles can seem like a world of difference.
6)  Remember, especially on hot days, do not hop in the shower as soon as you get home - your body temperature needs time to equalize, plus you probably need some nutrients... why not eat a snack and cool off for a bit first?
7)  Split your daily mileage into more tolerable "chunks", with the longest chunks being in the cooler times of day.  Again, I recommend doing at least a good mile or two in the hottest part of the day so your body is acclimated to the extremes.
 
 
FUNDRAISING
Fundraising is going well.  Team Bras of Glory is ALMOST at the 50% mark.  Walker Angel jumped up $100 due to a donation from her boss!  I received a $10 donation from my Texas friend, Terri, whose sister is battling breast cancer.  Team member Lindsey held her Stems and Legs Winemakers event this past Saturday and I anxiously await the totals!  All and all, I think we're moving along nicely.
 
ON-GOING fundraiser:  Don't forget about our Bras of Glory T-shirt fundraiser.  Contact me at msimpson115@gmail.com for more details.
 
Michelle's latest fundraiser:  I got this idea from another 3-day'ers blog, so here it is... I am at 65% of my required $2300 - if I reach 100% by JUNE 1, I will dye my hair fluorescent pink for the event in October.  To donate, click here.  I have NEVER dyed my hair a non-natural color... so this is huge for me!
 
 
KEEP ON WALKING!   

Sunday, May 16, 2010

139 days to go!

TRAINING

Week 21 Recommended Totals: 16 Miles + 30 Minutes X-training
My week 21 Totals:  17.18 Miles + 35 Minutes Stationary Bike

WEEK 20 Training:
Monday, 5/17 - Rest
Tuesday, 5/18 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
Wednesday, 5/19 - 15 Minutes Moderate Cross-Training
Thursday, 5/20 - 4 Mile Moderate Walk
Friday, 5/21 - 30 Minutes Easy Cross-Training
Saturday, 5/22 - 6 Mile Easy Walk
Sunday 5/23 - 4 Mile Easy Walk

The weather was gorgeous this weekend to be outside after a crap-tastic rainy, very busy, very tiring week for me.  I struggled to force myself to walk this past Thursday, but after an hour power nap, got out and walked the 4 miles.  I was glad that I did or else I would have felt guilty for skipping that 4 miles.


Saturday's walk started at the Des Moines Farmers Market


The Callie Dog and I walked through the grass for a bathroom break (her, not me) while Kara stayed up on the trail.


Sunday's walk was on the Great Western Trail in Des Moines... it's a pretty nice trail which is 18 miles from start to finish - this may be my 18-miler when I get that far in training schedule.


FUNDRAISING
This was a slow fundraising week for me.  Team member Kara, however, had sent letters to local businesses in the Iowa City area a few weeks back and it's starting to yield some contributions.  Bellaz Salon donated $75 towards her goal this week!  The team is almost half-way to its $10,000 team goal! 


I'll actually be heading two hours west to work this week.  I will likely get lots of miles in this week for work because of it.  I like heading to new areas!  New places to explore, new places to train, and new people to hit up for donations. 


Friday, May 14, 2010

"Commandments" from a Runner

So, I stole this from a friend's facebook note... it is titled "53 Runners Commandments by Joe Kelly" (From Holly) (then through Melissa).  Anyhow, substitute "walker" for "runner" and I think about 75% of these are applicable to 3-day walkers.  Enjoy!

1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.


2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.

3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.

4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.

5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.

6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.

7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.

8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.

9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.

10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.

11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.

12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.

13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.

14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.

15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.

16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.

17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.

18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.

19. Don’t always run alone.

20. Don’t always run with people.

21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.

22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.

23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.

24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.

25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.

26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.

27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.

28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.

29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.

30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.

31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.

32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.

33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.

34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.

35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.

36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.

37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.

38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.

39. Without goals, training has no purpose.

40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.

41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.

42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.

43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.

44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.

45. “Winning” means different things to different people.

46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.

47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.

48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights.

49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.

50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.

51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.

52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.

53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday, Monday

TRAINING
Week 22 Goals:  15 Miles + 30 Minutes of X-Training
Week 22 Actuals:  18.91 Miles + 30 Minutes of X-Training
Items of Note:  My walk yesterday marked my 50th walk since February 23rd, which is when I started my "pre-training".


TRAINING COUNTDOWN:  WEEK 21 SCHEDULE
Monday, 5/10 - Rest
Tuesday, 5/11 - 3 Miles Easy Walk
Wednesday, 5/12 - Rest
Thursday, 5/13 - 4 Mile Moderate Walk
Friday, 5/14 - 30 Minutes of Cross-Training
Saturday, 5/15 - 5 Mile Easy Walk
Sunday, 5/16 - 4 Mile Easy Walk
Week 21 Totals:  16 Miles + 30 Minutes of X-Training

The next two weeks are exceptionally busy for me.  I would like to continue surpassing my weekly targets as set by the Komen 24-week schedule, but I will be happy to meet them.  I will need to follow my own suggestions about training and traveling which I posted about this past Saturday.  Check out this post by a fellow 3-Day walker about the importance of training.

FUNDRAISING
This week yielded a $100 donation from someone I barely know!  I was wearing my 3-day hat when a guy who works in my building thanked me for participating in the Komen events.  We had about a 10 minute conversation, I gave him my 3-day card, and as soon as he got home he donated! 
FUNDRAISING TIP OF THE WEEK:  Don't be shy about handing out that 3-day card!  Donations come from some people you wouldn't expect to donate or you hardly know!

That donation put me at 64% of my fundraising goal!
Personal total to date:  $1483.12
Team Tota to datel:  $4653.00

Other fundraising efforts included soliciting businesses for donations via e-mail, as well contacting an Italian restaurant near hear about doing a "Dining for Donations" night in the next month or so.  I haven't gotten response from any of them yet, but businesses take a bit to respond sometimes.  I am hopeful!

Don't forget, if you are in the Seattle area or know someone in the Seattle area, to check out team member Lindsey's dinner and silent auction event on May 22nd!


TEAM WEBSITE
Thanks to Kara, our team 3-day website has been revamped!  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Training and Traveling

Everyone knows that traveling is an easy excuse to not exercise.  Being someone who moves areas more frequent than the average person, plus takes a rotation (rotation = vacation for those of you outside of my career realm) every 4 to 8 weeks, I know this as well as anyone.  At the end of May, I will be heading to North Carolina for almost a week, so I thought I'd share some of my training while traveling tips:

1)  If you have a long day of airports, wear a pedometer - just walking in the airport to get to the initial gate, walking to connecting flights, and heading out once arriving, I've found you can easily get 2 miles of walking done!  If you have lengthy layovers, take the opportunity to get some additional mileage done and wander through the terminal rather than sitting your gate.

2)  If staying in hotels, make sure your hotel has an exercise room.  There's more than likely going to be at least two treadmills that you can use as a last resort.

3)  You would be surprised the number of miles you accumulate when doing all the tourist attractions - again, make sure you wear your pedometer!  Map out the attractions you plan on seeing and try to group them together based on geographic areas to minimize drive/metro time and maximize walk time and miles.

4)  Traveling for business where you have little daytime free time?  Pick a restaurant for dinner which is a few miles from your hotel and walk to and from dinner.

5)  Try to stay somewhere which has an area condusive to walking - if you are busy during the days, stay in an area where you will feel safe walking in the evenings. 

6)  Recruit people you are traveling with, visiting, or doing business with to walk with you, especially in unfamiliar areas.

7)  Have time to explore?  Do an internet search for trails and/or state parks nearby.  This is a great way to de-stress when traveling!

8)  Traveling somewhere cold?  Not an ideal, but worst come to worst, find a nearby mall, throw on your pedometer, and do some mall walking.

Don't let traveling throw your training off track!

Monday, May 3, 2010

152 Days and Counting

TRAINING

lAST WEEKS RECOMMENDED TOTALS:  13 MILES + 30 MINUTES OF X-TRAINING
LAST WEEKS ACTUALS: 20.19 MILES + 65 MINUTES OF X-TRAINING

WEEK 22 SCHEDULE:
Monday, 5/3 - Rest Day
Tuesday, 5/4 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
Wednesday, 5/5 - Rest Day
Thursday, 5/6 - 4 Mile Moderate Walk
Friday, 5/7 - 30 Minutes of Cross-Training
Saturday, 5/8 - 5 Mile Easy Walk
Sunday, 5/9 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
Totals: 15 Miles + 30 Minutes X-Training


FUNDRAISING
I turned my monthly change jar into the bank on Saturday morning and yielded an additional $23 towards my $2300 goal.  It may not seem like much, but if you look at it percentage-wise, that's 1% of the minimum fundraising amount just from saving my change in the month of April!

I sent my monthly e-mails yesterday to those who hadn't donated yet.  It yielded an additional $25 (thank you Sedric A.); hopefully it will yield another donation or two before the month is out.  I learned last year that the closer I got to the walk, the more donations I got from my email solicitations.  I need $917 to reach the minimum personal goal.  Team Bras of Glory is at 45% of it's $10,000 goal... we're getting there.

Team Bras of Glory is also doing a T-Shirt fundraiser... see my post below.

If you know anyone in the Seattle area, please read the below about fundraiser for my Team Member, Lindsey Smith:

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Russell's Dining and Bar
Street: 3305 Monte Villa Parkway
City/Town: Bothell, WA

Description.Stems and Legs
Winemaker Dinner & Silent Auction
Benefiting Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7PM

Featuring Russell Dean Lowell, executive chef and proprietor of Russell's Dining, and Mark Newton, winemaker of DiStefano Winery.

Join us in support of Lindsey Smith, who is participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™, 60 miles in 3 days along with fellow teammates Bras of Glory! Net proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.

Lindsey is walking in memory of her dear British “Grandmum” – Eve – who, even after her mastectomy and other health issues, still managed to encourage others through strength and great Brit wit! Also walking in support of other family members, friends and colleagues who have gone through or still coping with breast cancer. Doing her part in the battle of pink!

Chef Lowell and Mr. Newton look forward to sharing with you their specially prepared 5 course dinner, complete with wine pairings from DiStefano Winery.

Cost: $80 (plus tax and gratuity). Space is limited for this event.
Please call Russell's Dining and Bar for reservations at 425-486-4072.
* Vegetarian meals are available on request at the time of reservation only!

If you are interested in contributing to the silent auction, please contact Alex Eagleton or Lindsey Smith via Facebook Message.

If you are unable to attend, but wish to support Lindsey Smith's efforts for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™, please click here: http://www.the3day.org/goto/lindseyasmith

When: May 22nd, 2010, 7PM
Where: Russell's Dining and Bar, 3305 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA
Reservations: Call 425-486-4072. Please mention if you are vegetarian when calling!
 
 
LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2009
- When buying shoes, DO buy them a half-size bigger as recommended.  Last year I ended up having to cut the toes out of my tennis shoes.
- Buy the blister stick if you have any kind of rub problems with your feet... walking with blisters is no fun.
- If you are going to do the event with a camel-pak, or any kind of pack: train with it!!!!  My shoulders were SO sore from not being used to the weight of it last year.
- TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN
 
HAVE ANY FUNDRAISING IDEAS?  PLEASE SHARE VIA COMMENT OR EMAIL!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

How Glorious is Your Bra? T-Shirt Fundraiser

As part of our fundraising effort, Team Bras of Glory is asking you to participate in our “How Glorious is Your Bra?” t-shirt fundraiser. These shirts will be worn during the 3-day event to show who our Support Bras are and in whose Glory we walk!


For $25 or more, we will list the name of a survivor or lost loved one on our shirts

For $100 or more, we will list your name(s) as a support for our team.


We are glorious as we show support to those who currently fighting for their lives and so one more mother, daughter, or loved one does not have to be lost to this disease.

 
Please donate and provide me your names no later than September 1.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Great Start!

TRAINING

Week 24 training started off great for me!  I logged 16.25 miles of walking and 30 minutes of cross-training on the stationary bike!  I am excited to be ahead of the mileage in the training realm.

TRAINING COUNTDOWN: WEEK 23 Schedule

Monday, 4/26 - Rest Day
Tuesday, 4/27 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
Wednesday, 4/28 - Rest Day
Thursday, 4/29 - 3 Mile Moderate
Friday, 4/30 - 30 Minutes of Cross-Training
Saturday, 5/1 - 4 Mile Easy Walk
Sunday, 5/2 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
TOTAL WEEK 23 GOAL: 13 Miles and 30 minutes of cross-training

Team member Kara and I will actually be walking in a 5K fundraiser for foster care in Des Moines on Saturday, 5/1.  What a great way to help another cause AND get some training miles in this week!


FUNDRAISING

Team Bras of Glory is up to $4405 of our $10,000 in 2010 goal.

Last week, I "earned" $35 in donations by helping some friends!  A group of 15 people bought $1500 in lottery scratch cards.  They asked me to be their "verifier" as they wildly scratched the tickets.  I asked for donations towards my 3-day goal as my tips for helping and made $35 in just over an hour. 
MORAL of the STORY (or FUNDRAISING TIP OF THE WEEK):  If you help friends with something, don't be afraid to ask for a small donation for your time... make sure you make it clear that your helping them doesn't require a donation, but it would be appreciated.  I thought I would be lucky if I got $20 from asking and was enthralled when I left with $35!  I couldn't wait to donate online!


LESSONS FROM MY 2009 3-DAY

Last year, I did not heed the advice of getting shoes a half-size bigger.  Three miles into day three, my feet were so swollen my toenails were bleeding underneath.  I ended up cutting the toes from an $80 pair of tennis shoes and had to ice my feet at every break stop.  This year, I bought two pair of actual walking shoes (rather than cross-training shoes) and heeded the advice of the 3-day literature and experience of others and myself.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Kickoff of 24-Week Training

TRAINING

Today kicks off the 24-Week Training program! All five team members have been walking prior to the start of the training program since it is fairly aggressive as far as adding mileage is concerned. Every Monday I’ll post the weeks training schedule, so here it is for Week 24 (we’ll be counting backwards towards the 3-Day event):

Monday, 4/19 – Rest day (what a great way to start the training week!)
Tuesday, 4/20 – 3 Mile easy walk
Wednesday, 4/21 – Rest day
Thursday, 4/22 – 3 Mile moderate walk
Friday, 4/23 – 30 minutes of easy cross-train activity
Saturday, 4/24 – 3 Mile easy walk
Sunday, 4/25 – 3 Mile easy walk

TOTAL: 12 Miles + 30 minutes cross-training

An “easy walk” is defined as 2 – 3 mph pace on fairly level ground. A “moderate walk” is defined as a 3 – 4 mph pace and/or incorporating hill work into the walk. Cross-training is anything which keeps the heart rate up for the specified amount of time to help build stamina – this could be anything from aerobics, biking, swimming, sports, etc.


FUNDRAISING
Team Member Lindsey Smith, who hails from Seattle, is hosting her first big fundraising event on May 22nd at Russell’s Dining. Wine has been donated by Distefano Winery and she gives a special shout out to Seattlite Alex Eagleton for helping her get this going. More details will follow as they become available.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Milestones

FUNDRAISING
My personal fundraising goal is less than $1000 from reaching it!  Achieving this milestone has been due to the generous support of my family and friends.  The team is currently at 44% of the $10,000 team goal.  Just over 24 weeks from the event and I know the team can reach $10,000.

I found last year that the two months before the event were the most frutuitous for donations.  I am trying to keep the team motivated, as I know fundraising can be frustrating.  This is especially difficult sometimes due to the geographic separation of the team members.  I send my "rah-rah" emails, and for some I think they are effective, for others, maybe not so much.

Any suggestions for fundraising or how to keep the team motivated are greatly appreciated.


TRAINING
I have been "pre-training" since February 23rd and have logged 35 walks and over 100 miles in the past 7 weeks.  Komen has a 24-week training program for the 3-day which begins this Monday, April 19th.




CLINICS
The 3-Day also sponsors several telephone clinincs for walkers who are not in the area of the event.  The first phone clinic I am attending is the Get Started Meeting on April 20th from 6 - 7.30 pm.  The Get Started Meeting is where the journey begins. The walker can get a glimpse into the world of the 3-Day for the Cure and speak with the incredible people they can share this amazing journey with. It will be a fun, inspiring, informative meeting to tell the walker more about the 3-Day for the Cure and show the walker the next steps to create a fundraising and training plan that will work.

The second phone clinic I am attending is the Training Clinic on May 4th.  This will again help with developing a training plan and help the motivation rolling.


Keep walking! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What YOU can do...

So, you may be reading this and wondering what you can do.  Here are a few ideas:

1)  Donate
2)  Join Team Bras of Glory (Click the link to the left, search for Bras of Glory, team password is "bras", use registration code GOTEAM through April 23rd and save $25!)
3)  Numbers 1 and 2
4)  Comment below about how much you dont want to help end breast cancer
5)  Share any ideas for me to bring in contributions so I will stop asking you for money


All in all, I think these are great options...now it is up to you to choose one! :) Did I mention ALL donations are tax deductable and go to help with breast cancer research and providing care for those who cannot afford treatment? Who can say "No" to that?

HELP SAVE THE BOOBIES TODAY!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thoughts from the Past Few Days

Only 172 days until the San Francisco 3-Day!

I spent the past few days in the DC area and have had some interesting thoughts since my last post:

  1. Walking in an area that hosts a 3-day while wearing a 3-day shirt is really cool - people were familiar with the event and I had several people approach me to discuss the 3-day and even thank me for participating!
  2. Walking in a different area while site seeing makes the miles pass by quickly - I couldn't believe when I looked at my pedometer and hadn't realized I'd already walked 3, 5, 7 miles
  3. Walking over 10 miles on both Friday and Saturday made me realize the training walks I've been doing have been helpful, but I definitely need to get on the training schedule when it starts next week - my calves were screaming Sunday morning!
  4. Walking over 5 miles today in 84 degrees made me realize I need to start walking with water on these longer walks... I definitely was wishing I had some about an hour into it.
  5. And, I realized I only have 172 days to raise another $1090... I need to jump on the fundraising ASAP!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What Made Me Decide to Walk 60-Miles?

One question I get asked often is why I decided to walk 60-miles when there are many other events which require less fundraising and less training, so here goes....

In March 2009 I decided I wanted to do something bigger than just me.  I wanted to do something that would have an impact.  Anyone who knows me, knows I tend to be extreme... so of course I would choose something that would be challenging on multiple levels. 

There are so many causes and non-profit organizations... so you may ask, why breast cancer?  Well, my father passed from cancer in 1992 when I was 16 years old.  He had terminal lung, liver and pancreatic cancers by the time he decided to see the doctors.  Being I've been a smoker for half my life (I am working on quitting...), I thought doing events for lung cancer would be a bit hypocritical.  I couldn't find many events for liver and pancreatic cancer.  So, since the breast cancer events are so well known, I started investigating those.  I had heard of the 60-mile 3-day from a few people who knew people who had done 3-days before... when I realized what a challenge it would be, I decided it was the event for me.  And, since multiple cancers run in my family history (which I know little of) I figured that helping any organization doing cancer research would be beneficial in the long run.

At the time, I didn't realize that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime... so statistically, I have a good chance of being personally affected.  My step-father's sister passed from breast cancer a few years back.  My girlfriend's mother passed in 2008 after a 7-year battle with breast cancer.  The more I got involved with the 60-mile last year, the more I realized how many people this disease really does affect.

Last year's walk in Chicago was amazing... and that is why I decided to captain team Bras of Glory for the San Francisco 3-Day this year and get more people involved!

How Glorious is Your Bra?
Michelle

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Training, Fundraising and Motivation

Today was another 4+ mile training walk... I stayed in the area around the hotel since the weather had (still holds) the possibility of some pretty severe storms, which includes baseball sized hail. Walking circles around the hotel gets pretty boring, but I perservered and got my mileage done! I also went onto the 3-Day website today to find other event participants with whom to do some future walks. I found seven in the Des Moines area and emailed them this morning. I've already gotten responses back from two of them! Hopefully, this will help keep me and them motivated, though all three of us are walking in different cities in 2010.

I am headed to DC on Thursday, but when I return, I plan to focus on fundraising. My effort day was to ask my facebook friends to post my fundraising link (http://www.the3day.org/goto/michelle2010) on their profile. I only had one friend who did it and thus far it hasn't yielded any additional contributions, but at least the word is getting out there. I only have $1090 to go - that's only $10 from 109 people!

The Komen foundation has online ambassadors to help encourage participants in their training and fundraising efforts. Neither is easy and it is a big commitment to fulfill. I thought this was a great article on motivations so I am sharing the link: http://leannethewalker.blogspot.com/2010/04/motivation.html

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 5, 2010

180 Days Until San Francisco 3-Day










The countdown continues in making it to the 2010 San Francisco 3-Day...








Even with the past Easter weekend and the travel involved with it, I managed to walk over 4 miles on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, my teammate (also gf) and I walked along the river in the brisk morning air in Iowa City, IA. Our travels took us to her family's Easter celebration afterwards. From there we headed to my mom's house.








We woke early Easter morning and walked over 4 miles in Lyndon, IL as well. I don't think people realize the things you actually notice and tangents you will take if you walked places you normally don't... The photos in this post are from Sunday's walk...
I also have tried to get my mom involved in my fundraising. She said she may know a few people who may donate towards my fundraising. A few months ago, I got 250 free (well $7 for S&H) business cards from vistaprint.com which have my personal donation page web address on them. I gave my mom a card to carry so if my 3-day comes up in conversation elsewhere, she has a copy of the web address to share.


















Saturday, April 3, 2010

Short Post for the Holiday Weekend

Even with it being the Easter weekend with lots of driving and travel to and from various places, I made sure to awake early this morning and do a 4.13 mile walk! Today will be short blog due to having to hit the road, so I leave you with this:

Breast Cancer Fact: More than 1.3 million are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. More than 465,000 die from this disease each year.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tools of the Training



The two most important training tools for me are my shoes and pedometer. I actually invested in shoes designed for long distance walking. These are New Balance shoes which are designed for the Komen walking events (see the Komen ribbons on the insides). I must say, there is a very noticeable difference between using an actual walking shoe and the cross-training shoes I used last year. I invested in two pairs of shoes which alternate on training days.

The pedometer is handy when I walk places which are hard to map online or if I mall walk. I have done 23 pre-training walks since February 23rd and have walked over 60 miles already. I think I am ready to start the Komen 24-week training program come April 19th!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

6 Months From 60 Miles


No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. I am officially 6 months out from walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the San Francisco Bay Area for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I walked the Chicago event last year and am excited to be captaining the team "Bras of Glory" in 2010.

Each walker must raise $2300 to be able to participate in the event. It isn't an easy journey. It's hard to ask people over and over to please contribute to your fundraising goal. As a team, our goal is $10,000 in 2010. Currently, I am already past the 50% mark in my personal fundraising and am looking for new and creative ideas for not just me, but my team as well.

This blog will track my training efforts as well as my fundraising efforts.

The recommended 24-week training program begins April 19th. I began training in February since the schedule is fairly aggressive. You can also track my progress on Facebook where I post my walks through an app called "I Just Walked". The 24-week totals 645 miles!

Please join me on this journey through this blog...

Happy April 1st!
Michelle