Over three days this November, I will be walking 60 miles in the Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training (By the time the walk starts, I will have logged enough miles to take me from Phoenix to my hometown of Houston!

I have committed to raising $2,200 to participate in this walk. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is follow this link to my fundraising headquarters to submit your contribution.

You may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in her honor as well. Please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with their name. I will create a ribbon just for them and attach it to my backpack.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. I’m taking on this challenge to do something big that will help raise awareness and help in finding a cure.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please leave comments or email me (txaggie02@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Virtual Trainer

Countdown: 23 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:
Monday Rest
Tuesday 3 miles Easy walking
Wednesday Rest
Thursday 3 miles Moderate walking
Friday 30 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 4 miles Easy walking
Sunday 3 miles Easy walking

Training Tip of the Week: Foot Care - Shoes and Socks

Proper shoe and sock selection before the event is key to keeping your feet healthy and preventing blisters and other problems with your feet. Buy shoes at the end of the day when your feet are a little swollen and ensure that your shoes are the correct size and fit the architecture of your foot. Have your foot measured for length and width for proper fit.

The Wonders of a Walking Shoe
As you train for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, you’ll want shoes designed specifically for walking. These shoes have:

  1. Thinner midsoles, because walkers apply less force than runners.
  2. A different center of pressure to allow for walkers’ straighter strike path.
  3. A smaller heel cleft angle since heel cleft changes relative to speed.

NewBalance_WW844WB New Balance is the Official Shoe of the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Their 844 and soon-to-be-introduced 845 Walking Shoes are great options for the event and also part of the Lace Up for the Cure® Collection benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Plan on getting two pairs for training and two pairs that have been broken-in four to six weeks in advance for the 3-Day itself.

Click here to find a New Balance Outfitter near you that can properly fit and recommend the perfect shoes for you!

Choosing the Right Socks
Choose a sock that pulls moisture away from your feet. Synthetic socks such as “Coolmax” or “Dryfit”, or wool socks are better than pure cotton for keeping your feet dry. Try wearing two socks or double-layered socks. Make sure that the socks fit well and don’t bunch up in any areas. Plan on changing to clean, dry socks halfway through the day. Plan on two pairs of clean, dry socks for each day of the event. If your socks are still wet, try foot powder or spraying your feet with antiperspirant.

Use powders that are especially designed for feet. Cornstarch has a sugar base and may not be a good choice if you are prone to fungal infections or athlete’s foot. You also may try Glide or Vaseline to help prevent friction.

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