Getting Started with the Komen Tampa 3-Day for the Cure

July 30, 2010 · 2 comments

I’m registered and ready to go for the Susan G. Komen Tampa 3-Day for the Cure®. Well, almost…I have been doing tons of reading and preparing. Reading other 3-Day participants’ blogs and other resources, such as the Participant Handbook which is nearly 60 pages long. There is a ton of information out there and I don’t want to miss any of it. There is so much information on what to pack and how to train. I think I’m actually going to start a packing list now so I don’t forget anything. Yes, there are 90 days until I participate in the 3-Day for the Cure but who is counting anyways? Me, of course! I just added a widget to the sidebar of this blog that will countdown the days until the Komen Tampa 3-Day for the Cure.

I have been going to the gym: doing spinning classes and doing some resistance training as well as work on the treadmill. Last night, I did my first walk and it was nearly 3 miles. I walked with my co-worker and friend, Nancie. We’re going to try to walk together at least once a week and I have other friends who want to walk with me. I’m so lucky to have such supportive friends! Nancie and I walked through a neighborhood near our office and man, was it hot! Note to self, bring a hair thingy next time, my hair was sticking to my face. Towards the end, I was dragging about a foot or two (okay maybe a yard) behind Nancie. It’s hard to walk and talk at the same time. LOL :) I tend to do that to a lot of people, especially my husband, I drag a little behind. I’m hoping my endurance training at the gym will help me keep up with people I meet along the 3-Day for the Cure route. I have been hearing and reading how hard it is to walk by yourself so I’m glad I’m going to have people to walk with for at least one or two walks a week…I just need to keep up and Keep Going®.

I used the Walkmeter iPhone app recommended by Shawn Ann, another Keep Going Blogger. I really like it so far.  It showed me how long I walked and how far as well as my speed. Right now, I’m at about a 22 minute mile and I need to speed it up! It actually routes your walk (as you’re walking) on a map, it’s pretty neat. I’m excited about charting my walks and keeping track of them. Shawn Ann is actually doing a giveaway for Walkmeter…so visit her blog! (I purchased my copy of Walkmeter, wish I knew about her giveaway before. :) )

One of things that is offered by the Komen 3-Day for the Cure is Get Started meetings. They have them scheduled near the host city but since I’m more than 200 miles from Tampa, I attended one via conference call. It was an hour and a half long and a lot of great questions were asked. I learned a lot!

Here are some things I learned from the Get Started conference call run by Jenny Cook, Get Started Facilitator:

  • Almost everyone has been affected by breast cancer. Almost everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, knows of someone being affected by breast cancer or has been affected themselves with a diagnosis. Sad but true.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I already knew this fact from my volunteering but those numbers never cease to give me pause. That’s a huge number of women.
  • For the 3-Day for the Cure, you should maintain a 3 mile per hour pace. Good to know and obviously I will be working that!
  • Roads are not closed for the 3-Day for the Cure so the route map and campsite are not published. The route maps are not published to ensure participants’ safety so that people aren’t driving around and trying to follow the route to find their friends or family members. But cheer stations and times are published. Specific addresses will be published and there will be plenty of parking for anyone who wants to go to a cheer station and cheer on 3-Day for the Cure participants. I will post on this blog the Tampa cheer stations as soon as it becomes available.
  • There is a dance party on Saturday night at the campsite…wow! I can’t wait to see this.
  • Phone clinics are only happening through August so sign up soon. I just RSVPed for an Event 101 clinic (over the phone).
  • Travel information will come out 4-6 weeks before the event date. I hope I will be able to find a hotel very close to the opening ceremonies. I will need a place to stay the night before since it will start very early.
  • Attend an expo. I already RSVPed for the Tampa one which is on August 22. There will be clinics and opportunities to meet outfitters. If you’re participating in Tampa and are attending the expo, please give me a shout and let me know.
  • I learned that the routes may overlap a little bit but each day the routes will be pretty different and camp will be in the same location every night.
  • Closing Ceremonies on Sunday are generally around 4:30 to 6:00 and everyone is welcome to attend it. The time and location will also be published when the cheer stations are.
  • There was tons more information and even information on fundraising, I will definitely post more as the weeks go on.
  • There are some great videos on the 3-Day for the Cure website. Hope you’ll watch one of them below and see why me and many others have walked and will walk this year.

A couple of other things, Tesa, another one of the Keep Going Bloggers, started the Cleveland 3-Day for the Cure this morning. Go to her blog and follow her on twitter to cheer her on! Another exciting thing is, Energizer® is donating $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every new follower (or like) the Energizer Bunny® gets on facebook (up to $15,000). If you don’t already follow or like the Energizer Bunny on facebook, hop to it! :)

And lastly, the first Komen 3-Day for the Cure event was in Boston last weekend and Caitlin, another Keep Going Blogger, participated. She did an amazing job and I loved following her tweets. Hope you’ll read her recap post and view the pictures the Energizer Bunny posted.

Disclosure: Energizer is sponsoring my participation in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Tampa 3-Day for the Cure in return for blogging and vlogging about my training and my participation before and during weekend of the event. They are also providing me with some Energizer goodies, which I will be reviewing from time to time. I am not receiving any monetary compensation. This post was written by me and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Shawn Ann @ Shawn Ann's World August 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Good luck with your training Julie! Make sure you take your time but also get as much walking in as you can, it’ll get easier the more time you have. I’ve got only two weeks before my walk, I’m getting nervous!

Glad that you like the Walkmeter, I wish you had seen my post before getting your app, but it is worth the $4.99!

Looking forward to reading more of your training posts and your blog :D


JulieD August 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Hi Shawn Ann,

I wish too but it’s well worth the $4.99. So glad I read about it on your site! Thank you for the training tips. :)


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