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