Welcome to my 3-Day for the Cure blog where I discuss my experience training, fundraising and walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. I'll be walking in my third 3-Day, this year in San Diego with my teammate Julie, who I met back in 2009 on the walk. I love sharing stories, challenges, frustrations and successes here and really enjoy hearing back from all of you.

Friday, May 6, 2011

This Mother's Day, please support me in the fight against breast cancer.

Dear Friends and Family,

This year on Mother’s Day I am making a donation to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in honor and celebration of my mother and grandmother. As many of you know, I am walking in my third 3-Day this November. I participate in this amazing event each year because I know that together, we are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Which is why I am again, asking for your help and support.

It has been eight years ago this May since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, much like her mother thirty years before. Although her treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation challenged her body like nothing she had experienced before, her spirit to survive shined brilliantly. It is women like my mother, and the other millions of breast cancer survivors across the world, that inspire me to do everything in my power to help fight this disease.

As a part of my dedication to this cause, I was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Valley Affiliate, an honor which allows me to work alongside some amazing volunteers and survivors, all dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. These men and women, who volunteer and work for Komen, inspire me to continue dedicating myself to the Komen mission.

Since its inception in 2003, the Komen 3-Day for the Cure has raised nearly $600 million to fund breast cancer research and vital community breast health programs across the United States. Each year, as a walker I commit to raising a minimum of $2,300 and walking 60 miles over the course of three days. Despite the challenges of fundraising, the blistered feet, and legs that feel as though they cannot possibly take another step, I cannot imagine a year without this event in my life until we find a cure. I do all of this because I know first hand the incredible impact supporters like you have made over the years in breast cancer research and treatment. 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. With the advances in science and medicine many of these women, like my mother, have access to state of the art healthcare, and receive personalized treatment options to save their lives.

Please support me with a donation to the Komen 3-Day for the Cure in honor of the mothers and women in your life who inspire you.

Thank you for supporting a cause that is so important to me and my family. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Take a walk with me to help eradicate breast cancer.



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - This is what the final mile looks like!

I'm not really sure I could hunch over any more! Whatever it takes to make it the full 60! What's your favorite end of the 3-Day photo?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - A 3-Day Rainbow

After a very rain soaked Day 2 in 2010, a rainbow formed near camp, inspiring us on our last mile of the day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Training Tuesday - When in doubt, just charge up that hill, 3-Day style

This weekend we did another big hike up at Yosemite. With the warmer weather much of the snow had melted in the lower elevations so we were able to cover ground fairly quickly - perhaps too quickly. Charging up the hill, with that "get it done" 3-Day mentality that you have by your third day of walking, quickly proved too fast a pace for an elevation gain of 1,000+ feet! Regardless, after a quick break for a photo of me sporting my Susan G. Komen gear, we learned to pace ourselves and made it to the snow covered portion of our trail. Finally got to use our shoe spike things (what are these called? I'm told they are not the same thing as cramp-ons.) And we got to follow fellow hikers straight up a snowy mountain when the trail was no longer visible. Quite the adventure! And a great training day for the 3-Day and for our goal of hiking Half Dome later this year.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - 3-Day Cocktails? Don't mind if I do!

One of the greatest things about the 3-Day in San Diego are the wonderful supporters. And, after a day of walking in the pouring rain in soaking wet shoes, I think we all enjoyed a little pre-pit stop wine, handed out by individuals along the route. It was the perfect birthday toast to celebrate my 29th!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Training Tuesday - Snow Hikes make 3-Day hills seem easy

We recently took our second trip up to Yosemite for the day and decided to do some hiking in the snow. I'm sure this comes as no surprise, but hiking in the snow can be quite the workout! Our hiking boots didn't offer enough traction on the icy hills so we often found ourselves sliding downhill while trying to climb up. A couple more trips like this and I know I'll have absolutely no trouble with any of the hills that the 3-Day throws at us this year. :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Supporters come in all sizes

Jackson sporting a fashionable Susan G. Komen bandana in support of the 3-Day.

P.S. After a couple wordless weeks full of moving to a new city, I am finally back to blogging!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Post 3-Day Food

Recently had what is probably my last slice of Basic Pizza until next year's 3-Day when I will follow a favorite tradition of celebrating at Basic after 60 miles. Nothing tastes so good as that first non-camp meal after 60 miles.

What's your favorite post-3-Day food?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Training Tuesday at the San Diego Zoo

Tomorrow I will do my last training walk at the San Diego Zoo, which makes me realize how much I am going to miss that place. Walking around the zoo in the morning, watching the animals get fed, and realizing that I'm fortunate enough (at least for two more weeks) to live in a city where I can do training walks at a world class zoo, all make training for the 3-Day a bit easier.

While looking ahead to tomorrow's walk with one of my favorite walking buddies I'm tasked with the need to find new training walk locations in my future city. So I throw the question out to fellow 3-Day walkers, how did you come to find your favorite training walk places? What are some of your favorite training walk locations and some best practices that help pass the time on those long walks?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Motivational Monday - Fortune Cookie Inspirations

On the second night of the 2010 3-Day, to celebrate my 29th birthday, my boyfriend picked up some P.F. Chang's take-out and we had a dinner at home (sorry to everyone who enjoyed camp food in the rain) with walking partner Julie and my parents. The dinner ended with the perfect fortune cookie which said, "Tomorrow will be your day to lead others. Be inspirational." We carried this fortune with us for the last day of the 3-Day, inspired during the hardest moments, remembering that we walk not just for survivors, and not just to raise money for breast cancer research, but we also walk to help inspire others to join the 3-Day movement.

Who have you inspired and encouraged to participate in the 3-Day?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Training Tuesday - Let's kick off the 2011 season!

Matt and I stretched our legs a bit, taking advantage of the gorgeous weather San Diego has been having, and had our first training walk of the 2011 season. I have to admit, I still have one large blister from last year’s walk but fortunately it’s no longer painful so it doesn’t hinder me from walking any.

We walked around San Diego bay and the sun was so bright and the water so sparkling that I really realized how much I am going to miss the outdoor culture of San Diego. It’s such a wonderful city to do training walks in and I love being able to train on the actual hills that we walk on the 3-Day. I would love advice from others who train in cities other than the one they walk in. What are some good tips for staying motivated if you are training elsewhere?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Motivational Monday - Highlights of the 2010 3-Day

As many of you know 2010 ended in a very busy and at times rather dramatic fashion, (cough, Matt's Thanksgiving day appendectomy, cough) but now that things have calmed down I am finally sitting down to write and reflect on the highlights of the 2010 3-Day.

The first thing that needs to be mentioned is the pouring rain that sunny San Diego experienced throughout the 3-Day. The rain definitely presented a new challenge for walkers but in the end both Julie and I agreed that it made the experience that much more special. Honestly it brought tears to your eyes to see the line of pink walkers with their shoes wrapped in anything waterproof they could find. Such dedication. I'm honored to have been a part of this!

Another highlight was Matt surprising us on my birthday (day 2) by meeting us at lunch, wearing a kilt, lots of pink, with his face painted (pink of course). After we ate lunch in his truck to escape the pouring rain, he walked the last 6 miles of the day with us. Julie and I realized that we got A LOT more attention walking with a man in a kilt. Good news is that we think we have him convinced to participate in future years. :-)

Day 3 was my favorite day by far. Although we experienced more rain, this time Julie and I were prepared after having wrapped our shoes in saran wrap and duck tape. We also decided to hustle throughout the day, push past lunch and meet Matt and my mom and dad at the finish line to share some Basic Pizza and beer before closing ceremony. Best idea ever. And best tasting pizza ever!

As always the people who support the San Diego 3-Day made the experience. It's amazing to me how many people in our community spend three days of their lives outside (this year in the pouring rain) cheering on walkers. Smile Guy and lil Grin, Hookers for Hooters, the dancing hula girls, ALL of them truly make the walk so much easier. As we completed the final mile to closing ceremony, and you walk past all the supporters, I think it would be impossible to not start crying. That's the moment when I realized that I cannot consider walking in another city if it means I would miss out on the support in this wonderful 3-Day city.

So next year I will celebrate my 30th birthday at closing ceremonies. Who wants to walk with me? Julie and I have already signed up and formed our Breast Coast Walkers team. Join us!

P.S. to see more pictures of our 3-Day experience check out my album on Facebook