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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

18/15 and "I DIDN'T DIE!"

I completed 18 miles Saturday and 15 miles Sunday and I didn't die! Woohoo! Surprisingly I wasn't sore the next day either (maybe a little stiff though). My motivation for the weekend was that I really wanted to complete my milestone badge. When I registered for the 3 Day I was given a badge holder, a card, and a sheet of stickers. Each sticker represents either a training, fundraising, or event milestone. When you set up your fundraising website you can give yourself a sticker. When you complete a 10 mile training walk you can give yourself a sticker. There are 16 total milestone stickers. The last one I needed was the 18/15 back-to-back. I was determined to finish the miles this weekend because I didn't want to do it again another weekend. I did it but just barely. I scheduled the training walks this weekend and planned the routes. There were 7 walkers on Saturday. Two left after the first 9 mile loop. The rest of us continued. When we got back to the park we had only done 17 miles. Two of the walkers stopped there but I really wanted to finish all 18 so three of us took a "victory lap" around the park for the last mile. I got up bright and early again on Sunday. I was a little sore but after walking it off the soreness went away. We had 4 returners for Sunday's walk and one addition. The other walkers had other obligations Sunday afternoon so we only finished 9 miles as a group. I walked 3 miles more around the park but had to go to my team's fundraiser at Wal-Mart. Sunday evening I decided to walk my dog for the last 3 miles. We barely walked 100 yards when a loose dog ran over and attacked my poor dog. She got bit on the lip and was bleeding a little and shaken up so I had to take her home. She is fine thank goodness. I finished the miles while talking to my friend Lauren but don't tell the safety crew because we're not supposed to talk on the phone while walking. Oops!

This is me after walking 18/15 back-to-back

This is my Milestone Badge. The pink 3 Day pin is the 2008 walker pin, the purple pin is the training walk leader pin, the pink stickers are milestone stickers, and the black stickers with hearts represent who I am walking for. The green heart is for a grandparent, the purple heart is for a friend, and the yellow heart is for other relative.

Putting the last sticker on

My completed milestone badge

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