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.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Virtual Trainer 19 Weeks

Countdown: 19 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:
Monday Rest
Tuesday 3 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 15 minutes Moderate cross-training
Thursday 5 miles Moderate walking
Friday 30 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 6 miles Easy walking
Sunday 5 miles Easy walking

Training Tip of the Week: Stretching

Stretching is the key to helping you maintain flexibility and avoid injury. You will be amazed by how much it helps your walking. To help increase your flexibility you might want to consider adding a yoga or Pilates class into your training program.

Some guidelines for stretching are:

  • Warm up first (walk for 3 to 5 minutes).
  • Hold each stretch for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Achieve the stretching position gently. Do not bounce.
  • Only stretch within your limits. If you feel any discomfort, stop.
  • Remember to breathe while stretching.
  • The most important stretch is after your exercise.

Here are some stretching tips to follow while on the event:

  • Stretch 5 minutes per hour.
  • Stretch in the morning before you hit the road.
  • Stretch at all the pit stops.
  • Stretch waiting for the port-a-potty.
  • Stretch at a red light.
  • Stretch at a green light.
  • Stretch when you come into camp.
  • Participate in organized stretching in camp each evening.

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