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.

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Feeling the burn

By Pit Stop 3, I only had two things on my mind: Port-a-potty and soft grass where I could rest.

We bee-lined for the port-a-potties then hit the grass to catch our breath and stretch.

Signs throughout the walk remind walkers to stretch 5 minutes for every hour of walking.

By Pit Stop 3 we had walked about 6.7 miles and our feet knew it. The medical tents experienced their first rush, with walkers seeking blister treatment.

It was at this Pit Stop that I realized I had underestimated this walk.

It's time for another confession. Confesssion #3: I did not train properly for this event. Not unless you count walking my chubby beagles to the park two miles away from my house, training.

There are a number of great training tips for the 3-Day and training programs available to walkers and the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk's site even offers walkers a tool to search by zip code for scheduled 3-day training walks in your area.

I obviously didn't take advantage of this resource, and I am so annoyed with myself. We can just think of this as the Breast Cancer 3-Day What-Not-To-Do Blog.

But to redeem myself, I have some quick tips for you in the SheKnows Survival Guide for Breast Cancer 3-Day Walkers! It'll help you be prepared for this adventure -- I promise -- and next time I'll take my own advice.

My knees are starting to get sore, and so are my hips, right at the joints. Weird. All that my bunny-ears-wearing self can do now is stretch out at every stop.

A bunch of pink crazies

I mentioned earlier how the volunteers dress up and decorate the Pit Stops, but I don't think I've quite conveyed the message thoroughly enough yet. The Crew is totally nuts. Dressed head to toe, to the nines in pink feathers, pink hats, wigs, tutus, pom poms, silly socks and more.

I have to hand it to the safety crew, too. They stood out there at every street crossing and at every stop light, dancing and waving, dancing to the music blasting from the radios tied to their bikes or blaring from their motorcycles.

There were cheering stations along the way where family and friends of walkers gathered with homemade signs, water bottles, spray bottles filled with iced water to spray and cool off the walkers, lots of high fives, and hugs.

Kids handed out candy and popsicles, blew whistles and cheered their moms on as they walked by.

Next page : One tired pup

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Cindy May 11, 2010 | 6:42 PM

I've done Atlanta, awesome! Michigan, awesome and Chicago, hot, wet and awesome! This year I'm doing Boston. My goal, every city!

Alison March 04, 2010 | 3:31 PM

Last year's walk in Denver was my first - it was a great city to be hosted in, however the altitude is tough. Train hard if you choose that one! I've heard San Diego is a lot of fun, and I've heard great things about Dallas too! Good luck!

Ari January 21, 2010 | 3:42 PM

What city's walk would you all recommend for the 2010 Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk? I'll be a first-timer this year and I'm trying to decide which city would be best for my first 3-day experience!

Chelsea October 15, 2009 | 5:06 PM

So cool! I want to do this next year!

Sherry September 15, 2009 | 6:21 PM

Wow Alison! You did a great job of describing our weekend in Denver. I can't believe it's already been 2 1/2 weeks since we finished. I can tell you I am so ready to do it again. I think I understand now why so many people do this every year. I am just in the mood to do it again THIS year. I think my husband was a saint for supporting me once... I better limit myself to once a year. I am thinking Dallas next year!!! wooohooo!!!

LeAnne September 10, 2009 | 2:32 PM

Great Blog hit the "nail on the head" in describing the weekend...I've participating since 2005 and continue to "talk the talk" to anyone who will listen about the 3 day event. I was hooked after my first walk...with emotions that I never knew were in go through a "roller coaster" of them during those 3 days. I walk in memory of my Grandmother "Leah" taken from my mom when she was a teen. Maybe I'll see you in Atl. one year :-) Take care, LeAnne www.Saving-2nd-base

Dan September 10, 2009 | 9:27 AM

Alison Welcome to our world, I'm the one that carried CUREiosity the Pink Rally Monkey. I see that you like so many others who come to The 3-Day become addicted to the cause. My walk in Denver was my 12th event and the first one as a walker. I'm glad you felt the love from within the community and you shared it wonderfully in your blog. If your in San Francisco The first weekend of October, look us up...

Becki September 10, 2009 | 8:49 AM

Way to go!! Thanks for sharing! I will be walking in Philadelphia in 36 days! I can't wait, although my feet can :)!

Shannon September 10, 2009 | 8:32 AM

Great story & thanks for sharing! I will be walking my first 3-Day in Dallas/Ft. Worth this year...I am so excited and nervous. Your story really helps me to visualize what to expect. I can't wait!!!

WSU Laura September 10, 2009 | 8:24 AM

Just the inspirational story I needed to remind me why I am walking this weekend in Seattle. Thank you!

Sherry September 08, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Way to go Alison! I do not know you, as it sound the other people do! I have never participated in our "Weekend to end breat cancer" (It's call this in Canada) BUT I have always wanted to, but thought I would not be able to do it by myself....after hearing your story, and wiping the tears away often, I now realize that I do not need to have a partner to endure the pain with. There is a ton of friendly people who are willing to befriend you! Thank you for writing this. It is an absolute Inspiration, and I thank you! GREAT job to you and to EVERYONE who has participated in this event around the world! Next year I am IN!!

Michele September 08, 2009 | 1:39 PM

Go Alison!! I think a Team SheKnows is an awesome idea!! Just think of alllll the things we would, could and should talk about to keep our minds off the miles and miles and miles. You're a great inspiration!

Caroline September 08, 2009 | 10:57 AM

Great job Alison! Thank you for walking for all the women who can't.

Nancy September 07, 2009 | 9:16 AM

Congrats on surviving it, girl! Love your photos and write-up. It was so good my feet hurt just reading it. :-) Thanks for doing it!

Melissa Chapman September 06, 2009 | 7:02 AM

Alison you inspire me! If you can organize a team SheKnows I'm in!!

Kim September 03, 2009 | 11:01 PM

That is awesome you did this, Alison! You made SheKnows proud!

Ashley September 03, 2009 | 5:09 PM

Alison- this is amazing! You truly captured the spirit of the weekend and made an impact even on me-and I was there! Thank you so much for doing this, and I agree...I can't wait to do it again next year! Keep in touch!

Heather September 03, 2009 | 2:56 PM

Thank you so much for this Alison. I've always wondered how and why people would walk 60 miles for this event. After reading your blog, its obvious that its so much more than just a walk. As Joel said, this is article absolutely inspiring and I cannot wait to sign up for the next one. I truly treasure your friendship and am grateful to have you in my life!

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