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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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One tired pup

You might notice that the photos documenting Day 1 end abruptly right about here.

That's because I no longer had the energy to reach into my bag and take out my camera. I was 100% focused on getting through the walk and in some serious pain by the time lunch hit. My muscles had tightened up and as I sat there with the girls eating my turkey sandwich, apple and chips, I had my first flash of what it will be like to be old.

I had never before needed both hands and a friend's shoulder to get myself up off the ground, nor had I ever dreaded the idea of bending down to get my bag of stuff after I had finally just gotten my sore body up and steady on to my two tired feet.


As we walked on that day, the cheering and singing and laughing slowly drifted off and was replaced by moans and groans, a much slower walking pace and the occasional flagging down of the Sweeps Vans.

These vans patrol the 3-Day Walk route, and check up on walkers, cheering us on with amazing enthusiasm. They're also there to "sweep up" walkers who need a rest, have blisters too painful to walk on without treatment, or in many cases, who just have a case of the good ol' "I need to pee!"


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Comments on "Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk Blog"

iphone animal sex September 12, 2011 | 3:48 AM

very good and cool,thank you for your sharing.

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 Alison...you 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 me...you 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!

Ashley September 03, 2009 | 2:50 PM

Ali--I am SO proud of you for not only going to this, but coming back with such an amazing story to share with everyone!! You have inspired me and my group of friends to participate in this next year and we have already begun the planning!! Much Love, Ashley

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