Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk Blog

Sep 2, 2009 at 9:43 p.m. ET

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.

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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