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, August 22, 2008

The Expo

I'm a little behind on postings since I was on vacation. I attended the Arizona 3 Day Expo on August 9th. The Expo was held at the JW Marriott Resort in Northeast Phoenix. To kickoff the Expo there was a 10 mile walk starting at 5:00 am. I left my house at 3:45 am to pick up Martie so we could carpool over there. We got there in time to register and stretch. The walk was really nice. I think it gave me a little taste of what the 3 Day will be like. There were some Crew volunteers cheering us on and telling us where to go. Also some of the Bikers For Boobs crew was there to stop traffic for us. I think there were 300 walkers or so. I learned a few things to keep in mind for the 3 Day. First of all, with so many walkers there will surely be a back up when the daily walks start, especially if all walkers start at the same time so slow down and remember it is not a race. Second, don't stop at the first bathroom break. It seemed like 298 of the 300 walkers all stopped at the first pit stop (and there were probably only 2 stalls). Thankfully I didn't have to go. The second stop had much nicer bathrooms and there wasn't a line. Third, don't forget the sun screen. Luckily I didn't get burned but I got a little tan. Finally, Komen miles are longer than regular miles and the same was true for this "10 Mile" walk. I think I need to step up my training a little and walk a mile or two more than the recommended plan each day.

It was a wonderful walk and the Crew people were super nice. I didn't think there was going to be snacks along the way but about 2/3 through the walk there was a stop with pastries and water. It hit the spot.

The Expo started after the walk. The 3 Day sponsors were there handing out goodies and selling merchandise. Our first stop was at the cheering station table. Martie made a poster with our team name on it. They are going to take the posters to the cheering stations at the 3 Day.

Next we went around to the different outfitters and checked out the merchandise. Runner's Den had a special on socks. Any pair you could find in the bin was $5. I picked up a pair of Brooks socks and New Balance Double Layer socks. I love the double layer socks. They are wonderful. Next we stopped at the Chiropractor's table and grabbed a pair of free pick shoe laces. They are so adorable. We checked out the pink tents they will have at the 3 Day. We also ran into some of the people we've been training with and stopped to chat. We saw a "how to pack demo". The lady giving the demo was super organized and she had an awesome duffle bag. Since we were tired from getting up so early and the walk, we decided to skip the workshops and head home.

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