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Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk Blog

Alison Luther is writer, marketer and owner of Luther Creative which helps companies develop their brand and marketing strategies to strengthen their presence among online consumers.Previously, Alison served as Director of Public Relatio...

Save the Boobies

On behalf of SheKnows, I participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in Denver this year. Unprepared and happily oblivious about what to expect going into it, I left the walk sore and tired, but a stronger, better woman. And in 2009, after going from 0 to 60 (miles, that is) in three days, I made a difference.

Save the Boobies

Day Zero

Proper prior planning prevents poor performance

Today is the day, and let me tell you, I couldn't be more unprepared. My flight leaves anywhere between 3 pm and 5 pm (I have to check) and I still need to check in, print out my 3-Day credentials, and... Confession #1: I did not pack last night.

While starting to pack, I realized that I don't own a sleeping bag. Funny enough this happens to be the very first item on the Packing Checklist on the Breast Cancer 3-Day Official Website, so clearly I missed some key elements of that list. I headed to Wal-Mart at midnight for a sleeping bag (and a Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream bar to make myself feel better) and luckily found one. So... since I did not pack last night, I spent my lunch break packing.

Here's a packing list to keep this from happening to you! Breast Cancer 3-Day Packing Checklist

And ladies, here's the kicker (once you've read that checklist above, you'll know why!). All of that stuff is supposed to fit in your 35-pound max gear bag.

This brings me to Confession #2: My bag does not weigh under 35 pounds... it came in a teensy bit over (like 10 pounds over) so shhhh! The only bag that I had that would fit all of these things and my sleeping bag (Yes, your sleeping bag has to fit in there too!) was my old high school cheerleading bag. I figured no one would want to steal a bag with a picture of pom poms and megaphones and my name embroidered on the front, so Go A-H-S!

I arrived at the airport about a half hour later than I should have, but after squeezing out a few believable tears and reminding the nice security guys that "It's for charity!!" I am on my way to the Denver Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk!

I have to send a special thank you here to Jasmine, our SheKnows Marketing Associate, who booked my flight, registered me for the 3-Day, reminded me over and over to read the informational packet, to pack early, check in and even drove me to the airport like a bat out of hell when I only allowed 35 minutes before my flight took off!

I made it, and now I'm off to bed to get some Zzzz's for the early start in the a.m. There's a shuttle leaving my hotel at 4:30 a.m. (Oh boy.)

Next page: Day 1

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