Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1 Day... This is IT!! (no, not the MJ movie!)

Ok... it's time! Lace up those well worn sneakers, sport your best PINK shirt, fill those water bottles and let's make an impact! It all comes down to this! This is the icing on your 3-Day cake!

You have walked more that 60 miles already... many, many more! You have raised thousands of dollars to help end Breast Cancer. Now is the time to strut your stuff! Time to prove that Together Has Power! (Thanks Dave and Val!) The power of Pink is incredible and having 2,000 people moving for the same purpose is powerful!

Embrace the experience and experience everything. Remember, it's not a race. We are all on ONE team... the team to help end Breast Cancer.

If your journey takes you on a Sweep or SAG, embrace it. If you need to seek Medical assistance, embrace it. If you slow your pace to meet a new friend, embrace it!

If you get done for the day early (either by foot or other means), go and cheer on everyone else as they come in. Every walker matters, not matter how fast or slow. But I can say... the cheers for the last walker always seem to be a bit louder because it means that WE are all back together.

Together ... is powerful!!!

See you at Opening!
HUGS!!! Amy :)

2 Days.... Breakfast

One last reminder... don't forget to eat before you arrive at Opening Ceremonies. There will be no food available there... and you will be standing around quite awhile before the route opens.

Bagels and bananas are easy and a great source of energy for the beginning for your journey!

PS... don't forget the Kleenex... opening always makes me cry! ;')

3 Days... more than a shirt!

At the end of every event you participate in, you get a victory shirt. Some are white, some are grey and the special ones are pink! All have special meanings to the wear-ee! My first victory shirt was a long sleeved, dark blue t-shirt... so practical for Florida! And despite the 90+ degree temperatures at closing, I wore it with pride!

But the more events I have done, the more I realize that it's more than a shirt. It's a sense of community... a common bond that only a handful of people in the world have stepped up to make the commitment to find a cure for Breast Cancer. It's about the people you meet along the way... walkers, crew members, volunteers, spectators... even the little kids at the end of their driveways with handmade signs showing their support. (sorry... teary moment!) It's about the people you walk for... mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, husbands, brothers. It's about the people you walk with... friends, family and total strangers... also know as "soon to be friends."

Enjoy the experience! The 3-Day is that... only 3 days... but the 3-Day lives on forever... in your heart! :)

4 Days.... Thank a crew member!

During my training for my first walk in 2005, I never really thought about crew members. (even though my husband, Jeff, was one of them) Crew was there to support ME! They had the easy job and I was doing the hard stuff - training, raising money... more training!

Well, my perspective certainly changed after Day One in 2005. Without the unending support of all the crew and volunteers, I and many other walkers, would not have made it. By the end of Day Two, I worshipped the ground they walked/rode on!! At the end of Day Three, I needed to pay it forward and be one of them!

Crew members are all volunteers. They donate their time, not just on event, but for months leading up to it... another version of training you could say. They are the first ones up and the last ones to crawl into their tents at night. They are there to focus on you... the walker.

I challenge each of you to thank one different crew member a day when you are on event. Ask them their role and why they are part of this incredible event. The reasons are just as diverse as yours are.

Have you hugged your crew member today? ;)

5 Days... Event Safety

Ok... I know, "Amy, you are a broken record." Maybe, but Safety is first and foremost!

The 3-Day's first concern is your safety... no matter what! Just ask any of the Philly walkers! Be award of your surrounds. Curbs just seem to pope up out of nowhere! And I have seen the damage a street sign can do!

So, that being said, please abide by all the safety rules outlined in your Online Check In. No cell phones, no ipods and no running. We want you to finish the event... safely! Plus crew members don't want to nag. I know I don't!

See you on the route!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

6 Days .... What's for dinner?

Ok... I am sure you have been asked the question by your family while you're on event "What's for Dinner?"

Here's a great idea for anyone in the Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Lakeland, or Clearwater areas.... How about Papa John's? Of course, kids and dads love pizza! But there is another benefit! From October 26 - November 1, order from any Papa John's listed on the attached flyer and mention that you want to donate to the Breast Cancer 3-Day and 20% of your total will be donated to the 3-Day! See, it's a win/win!!

You can also order online using the code 3day09.

It's great for when you're on event or this week as you are doing your last minute preparation! Plus, it's great to celebrate your accomplishments on Sunday after the event... you know you don't want to cook! ;)

Click here for more info!!!

7 Days.... Cheering Stations and more!!

Everyone can use a little rah-rah in their live and especially on event on the 3-Day!

Check out the Spectator Section of the 3-Day's website....
Spectator Information

Tell everyone to come out and cheer you on!!! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

8 Days... Credentials

This is probably the most important thing you will print from the 3-Day! Your credentials!!! This is your "Ticket to the 3-Day". No Credentials, no walk!

Log into your Participant Center and print them once you have completed Online Check In. If you have not finished Online Check In by October 25, you will have to go to the Check In Tent upon arriving at Opening Ceremonies and get them there.

Save the line and jump right to the front of the stage... print them out ahead of time! :)

9 Days... On Event Nutrition

Ok... now everyone who thought they would lose lots of weight training for the 3-Day raise your arms! Yes, my arm's up too! Well, how did that work out for you? Some people lose some weight, some folks tone up, some can't budge the needle!

Well, event weekend is not the time to "eat light". Every snack, meal, and beverage that is served on the 3-Day is done for a reason... to keep your body fueled for this long journey! Everything you consume from Pit 1 on Friday until holding on Sunday has been planned by a nutritionist to help your body perform at it's peak.

After all, experienced participants know that the walk is called "The 60 mile Buffet!" ;)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

10 Days.... Attitude is Everything

I have had the privilege of participating in 9 events in the past 5 years and I will tell you that your attitude will determine your event. I know, it sounds a bit silly BUT attitude is everything!

You have trained (hopefully). You have raised awareness and money to help find a cure. You are ready to kick cancer's butt and some asphalt along the way!

But you are not doing this alone! There are thousands of other walkers, crew members, volunteers and supporters that are doing the same thing... at the same time!

While you are walking and raising more awareness, crew members and volunteers are looking out for your safety and well being. While you may interpret it as yelling ("Off Your Phone!"), we see it as looking out for you and allowing your to complete your 3-Day mission you started months ago. Please remember this.

Also, one other person to listen to... your body! If you need water, drink. If you need carbs, chips for everyone! If you need a ride, GET in the van! If you're not feeling right, go to Medical!

But also remember, there is no shame in getting in a sweep van, SAG bus or ask Medical to help out. I have heard too many people think they have failed because they got a ride for 1/2 a mile! REALLY? Think of how many miles you have already walked. Think of all the people you have reached out to for fundraising and support. No failure here! We all set out on a 60 Mile journey. How it's accomplished is not the most important part but that you accomplished it is far more important!!!

Patience, Kindness, Support and Smiles! That's what's important to make the most of your event.

11 Days.... Fanny Pack

Ok... I have done the Fanny Pack post in the past!

Here's the link

But.... a few more things you may want to consider... or double check that you have!
1. Camera - There is so many great things to see along the way plus LOTS of photo spots... I like the silly photos that I always seem to be taking along the route!
2. Cash - ok, sometimes Twisty Treat just calls your name or you figure McDonald's Fries are the best carbs in the world! A few extra dollars in your fanny pack can be a lifesaver! ;p
3. Poncho - Yes, I have ordered the best possible weather for the Tampa event, but sometimes Mother Nature has other thoughts. ;) Just ask the Philly walkers! Besides, that poncho may also make the best picnic blanket for a lovely lunch under a tree! ;)
4. Blister pack - I know, you're heard it before. Plus you have trained and didn't get a single blister (lucky you!) BUT... you never know. Even though Medical is available at every pit stop and lunch sometimes a hot spot can't wait! Plus, someone you are walking with may need some assistance. We all look at for each other!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

12 Days ... Weather

Ok... if this weekend has taught us anything, it's to be prepared!

In case you haven't heard, the Philadelphia 3-Day turned into the Philadelphia 1-Day due to some very cold, wet, and windy weather! Remember, the 3-Day is concerned about your safety first and foremost!

Now is the time to start looking at the extended weather forecast and planning appropriately! If it looks like rain, pack an extra (yes, you should already have one!) poncho. If the weather is cooler, pack some extra layers... but make sure you train a little with them... extra layers can be a little different to walk in!

My point is simple... be aware! Weather has a big influence on our events and on your experience as a 3-Day participant! ;)

13 Days... Not Camping....

Ok... the great outdoors is not for everyone... no problem.

Yes, you are allowed to sleep somewhere else than camp.... of course, it may not be as much fun. :)

If you are leaving camp for the night, please sign out at the Pink Info Tent. It's very important that we know where you are. Also, when you return to camp the next morning make sure you check back in.

We love our Walkers and Crew and just want to make sure we know where you are! :)

14 Days.... ROCKSTAR

Sorry for the delay... the cold front made me hibernate!

So... you think you can sing? No, it's not a new TV show! It's time for 3-Day ROCK STAR!

Sign up to sing your favorite song on Friday night under the Dining Tent and be discovered!!! Our judging panel could send you to Hollywood.... or the finals on Saturday night! ;) And of course the winner gets a LIMO RIDE!!! Pink Star Limo of course!!! ;) Plus they get prizes! Who doesn't love prizes!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

15 days... Sleep!

Oh.. the long lost friend who we all have lost touch with during the months leading up to event. Training does take a number on your weekends of catching up on sleep. But it is so vital to maintaining enough energy for this incredible journey!

In the next 14 nights leading to event, try going to bed just 30 minutes earlier. This will help your body get acclimated to the idea of 4:30am wake up calls.

And just think.... you can get reaquainted with your friend Sleep in November! ;)

16 days .... Relocation

Ok... No one likes to have to relocate on event... but weather happens! The 3-Day's main concern is for walker and crew safety... period! If the weather is looking potentially dangerous, a Relocation happens.

If you are on the route, the main concern is to immediately get you out of harms way. This may mean closing the route temporarily or putting you on a bus and getting you to a safe area.

If a Relocation happens at camp, you will hear a VERY loud airhorn. This means quickly get out of your tent and relocate to the dining tent. If there is need for a more secure location, you may be put on a bus and taken to our Relocation area. Now most times these areas are near by and are usually schools but we have used malls and even parking garages.

Also remember to follow all crew instructions during a relo and practice patience! We all want to celebrate together at Closing Ceremonies! ;)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

17 Days .... Lost & Found on Event

Everyone loses stuff! It's just a fact... even on the 3-Day!

Good news! There is a Lost & Found located at Camp Services in case you lose something.... like your favorite hat or sunglasses, cameras or clothing. If possible, put your name on things like this so they can be return to you.

Plus... all the Lost & Found gear makes a FABULOUS Fashion Show during Saturday Night's Entertainment! ;)

Monday, October 12, 2009

18 Days... Towel Service!!

This is a MUST! There is nothing better than after a long day walking to come back to a hot shower... after you have eaten and hydrated, of course! And have clean, fresh towels! Can you smell the fabric softner? ;)

Towel Service is $12 but worth every penny! You can buy it during Phase 2 of Online Check In or at Camp Services.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

19 Days - What to Pack....

Ok... it's time to think about what to pack!

We had a great What to Pack session on Thursday night and here are the basics... ok not so basics but this is a re-post... with additions! ;)

First of all, soft sided duffle bags work best. Leave the suitcase for your next vacation. Be creative with your bag. You will see lots of pink bags and finding yours in a sea of pink is not fun!

Once you have the bag, get another….garbage bag that is! Line the inside of your duffle bag with a garbage bag. Trucks get unloaded even in the rain, so be prepared. There’s nothing worse than rain while you walk but then add wet clothes to change in to…yucky!

I suggest packing all your stuff into 2.5 gallon Hefty zipper bags. Why you ask? 1. You can keep each day’s clothes together so there is no digging in the bottom of your bag for stuff. 2. Dryness …again! 3. They work great to put the stinky walking clothes back into after your shower. You have no idea what used walking clothes that have been fermenting for two days smell like! Why risk it?

As far as sleeping accommodations, pool floats work great. This time of year they are usually on clearance so keep your eyes peeled. Plus a hand pump works fine to inflate them. But a battery powered pump would be easier. Just remember…it adds weight to your bag and stress to our Gear and Tent Crew. Please be kind…35ish pounds per bag. A couple pounds over is fine….double the weight limit…nope!!

Also remember, everything must be in your duffle bag. You can not attach anything to your bag…ie sleeping bags, etc. This has happened before where folks have attached their sleeping bags to their duffles with bungee cords. Please avoid doing this. The hard working crew handles every piece of luggage and 9 times out of 10 the bungee cord comes undone and hurts someone.

Other things to think about - flash light for those late night bathroom visits, bug spray for early mornings, flip flops for the showers and maybe, just maybe a sweatshirt... so when the cooler weather arrives you will be ready! ;)

Also the $12 towel service is a MUST! You could take 4 showers a day and always have a clean, dry towel! :)

Use the check list on the 3-Day home page for reference. They have a really great list.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

20 Days... Camp Experience

Ahhhh... Camp! That home away from home! :)

Camp is a great opportunity to pull together as a 3-Day Community. It's amazing to see how singular walkers, small teams, large teams, die-hard multi-event walkers and countless crew and volunteers come together to remember, share and celebrate.

Camp offers a place to sleep (beautiful pink tents), HOT showers (love those shower trucks), hot meals, lots to drink, a place to remember those no longer with us (rememberance tents), place to send e-mail (Love the 3-Day Cafe), a place to buy 3-Day gear, smiling medical folks to lend hand when needed and the best entertainment around (I love Jenne! I am soooo addicted to the Theme from the Greatest American Hero!)

I have heard the great debate between camp and a hotel and I have done both! Yup...both! Camp is definitely something to experience. And even on the times when I have gone to Camp Hilton, I never leave camp before lights out... I don't want to miss anything! ;)

21 Days.... Sock & Feet... :)

(Ooops...Day behind!)

Don't forget to pack those extra socks in your fanny pack! Dry feet are happy feet! You will want to change your socks at lunch each day.

Also remember that when you feel a hot spot starting, deal with it right then!

Yes, the medical team is there to help, but you need to be able to treat your blisters as well. :) The Self-Service section at the medical tent is great... lots of moleskin, bandaids, second skin.... it's a walker's paradise! ;)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

22 Days..... Camp Mail and More

Everyone loves to get mail! Come on... admit it! You love ripping open the envelope to see who thought of you.... The same thing on the 3-Day. You can have friends and family send you letters and cards and have them delivered directly to camp.

Here's the address:
Breast Cancer 3-Day Camp Post Office
P.O. Box 40366
St Petersburg, FL 33743

It's great to come back from out on the route and find mail! :)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

23 Days.... STRETCH!

Oh.... stretching! Probably the one thing most walkers don't do enough of. You should be stretching every hour for 5 minutes. Basically at every pit stop you should spend 5 minutes stretching. While the big "walk" muscles need to be stretched (calves and hips), don't forget the back and shoulders too!

Also look for stretches you can do on the route. A stop light is a great opportunity to stretch those shoulders. The more you stretch, the better your body will feel.

Also take some time once you get to camp to use the yoga mats and do a good full body stretch! :)

24 Days.... (a day late!)


Yes, you know you need to drink... but don't forget the gatorade or sports drink! On event, you should be drinking approximately 1 bottle of water AND 1 bottle of gatorade every hour. I know this seems like a lot to drink but your body needs the fluid. Remember how much you sweat! You need to replace that fluid! And both are needed to help your body recover from this vigorous activity.

Plus remember to actually start hydrating for the event a couple days before the event. You should be drinking enough during the day that you have to get up at night to use the restroom.... yes, it should wake you up! ;) This is also true on event. Plan on at least one trip to the portapotty at night.

Remember ---- Drink + Pee = No IV! ;)

Monday, October 05, 2009

What to Pack for the 3-Day!

Ok.... let's talk about packing! I will be holding a "What to Pack" Session on the Crown Plaza Hotel on Universal Blvd. on Thursday, October 8th at 7pm. I will be there to show you how to pack for the 3-Day and keep your bag less than 35 pounds... yes, it's possible!!! Plus we'll answer any of those last minute questions you have!

Please RSVP to

25 Day Countdown until the Tampa Bay Event!

Hey there walkers~
We are 25 days until Opening Ceremonies. Are you ready?

I know you've been training.... wink, wink!!! And of course you think that you've walked more than you ever wanted to... but, you need to finish these last few weeks of training. These last few walks are helping you by developing muscular strengthen and endurance as well as cardiovascular fitness. This event is definitely a "marathon not a sprint!"

The last few walks are also a great time to finalize the all important gear (yes, you should be training in the clothes you will wear on event... including team shirts and any other "gear"... in this case, Halloween costumes are gear, as well as wigs, hats and other accessories! You are probably finding those snacks and drinks that help power your walk. Check back tomorrow for hydration tips leading up to event!

Walk and talk with you soon!
Amy :)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Saturday, August 1st - Ft. Wilderness Campground - Disney

When: Saturday, August 1st - 7:30 am
Where: Fort Wilderness Campground - Disney - We will park near the kennels - follow the signs for the Hoop-Dee-Do Review
Mapquest/Google Address: 4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trl, Orlando, FL 32830
Mileage: 5/10 miles

We will do two 5 mile loops through Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney. Campground, not Wilderness Lodge! We will start our walk at the kennel.

Please bring your own hydration (the store does not open until 9am so be prepared! Bring some money to buy extra gatorade!), fanny pack (time to break it in!), sunscreen (it will be HOT!), id and a smile! Restrooms are available along the route and there is LOTS of shade! Also make sure you eat breakfast before you arrive! The smell of bacon cooking will drive you crazy!!!

Here a link to the route
View Interactive Map on

See you Saturday!
Amy :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Week of July 27

Hi Walkers & Crew~

It's yet another busy week... we are less than 100 days until the Tampa event and even sooner for some others! The Boston event was a great kick off event... even with the mud pit at Opening Ceremonies!

Online Check In started last week. Get the process started today! :)

Here's the training schedule for the week. (click to enlarge)

I don't have a walk posted for Saturday yet. I am checking my schedule for availablity. The next month is really crazy busy for me and I want to try to get some walks in so please have some patience with me and my crazy calendar!

There is a walk for Tuesday (7/28) but please watch the weather. High winds and hail are forecasted for the Dr. Phillips area during our walk time. Call me to confirm.

Have a great week!
Amy :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Don't Miss the Expo!!!

It's finally here! The Breast Cancer 3-Day Preview Expo!!!

It's a great opportunity to meet other Breast Cancer 3-Day participants, attend informative workshops and get yourself prepared for an incredible journey.

It's this Sunday, July 26 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Coliseum (535 4th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

There will be Outfitter Clinics, Training Workshops and Event Preparation Sessions. Lots of local outfitters will be on hand with tons of discounted gear and apparel, so bring your shopping bag.

Do you have extra shoes or a tired worn out pair? Bring them with you and give them to someone who could use them. Clean out your closets and drop off your shoes at the collection table next to New Balance Tampa at the Breast Cancer 3-Day Preview Expo. Shoes collected will be spruced up and distributed to communities in need.

Can't wait to see you all on Sunday in St. Pete!!! :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Week of July 20

Hey there walkers...

I hope everyone is off to a great week! So we have a busy week this time around. The Tampa Bay Expo is this Sunday. More details to follow.

Here is the training schedule for the week. (click to enlarge)
Have a great week!
Amy :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Saturday, July 18th - Downtown Orlando

When: Saturday, July 18th - 7:30 am
Where: Howard Middle School - Downtown Orlando
Mapquest/Google Address: 800 E Robinson St. Orlando, FL 32801
Mileage: 8 miles

Come one, come all! It's a Pink Parade!!
We are taking to the streets! That's right, lots of curbs, sidewalks and cobblestones!! PLUS, this is a PINK shirt walk.

Please wear your favorite PINK shirt to show support and raise awareness during this downtown walk. We will be starting at Howard Middle School for an 8 mile walk. We will have snacks and additional hydration.

Please RSVP for an accurate count. Please bring hydration, fanny pack, sunscreen, id and a smile! ;) It will be warm so be prepared. Restrooms are available along the way. No cell phones, ipods or strollers are allowed...sorry.

Please RSVP on the 3-Day page link below or to or 407.376.1213
RSVP on 3-Day Page

Here a link to the route
View Interactive Map on

Come out and get some training in and meet other 3-Dayers! :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Week of July 13

Hey there walkers....

It's a busy week here in Orlando - training walks, fundraisers, lots of opportunities kick into high 3-Day gear! ;)

Here is the training schedule for the week. (click to enlarge)
Big training walk on Saturday! Hope to see you there.
Let's get out there and walk! ;)
Amy :)

Drink for Pink...

Fundraiser time!

The Hot Pink Olives are having a great fundraiser this Friday!

Click here for more info.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Week of July 6

July is in full sweep and believe it or not the 1st 3-Day is just 3 weeks away in Boston! YIKES!

Here is the training schedule for the week... better later than never! ;) (click to enlarge)

There is lots going on this month with Training Walks (check the 3-Day page), Expo in St. Pete, and lots of fundraising activities!
If you want some free publicity, let me know. I'll promote your event on the blog and twitter!
I have a couple training walks this week... Thursday, Chain of Lakes Middle School, and Saturday, Dr. Phillips Marketplace. I know it seems strange to have fewer miles this week than last but the training schedule is developed to allow your body to rest yet still remain active. My advice is stick with the schedule. Adding more and more miles that are not on the schedule can cause burn out... and we want you all walking in October! ;)
Walk and Talk to you soon!
Amy ;)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Week of June 29

Wowy.... where is the year going? June is almost done! With only 124 days until the Tampa event, you should be starting that final push on fundraising and getting the proper gear and training with it for your event!

Here is the training schedule for the week. (click to enlarge)

Don't let the holiday derail your training. If you are headed to the beach, do a mile of walking in the sand. Let's great for cross training.

Also make sure to check out the 3-Day page. I have posted tons of walks for July so come join me for a little walk! ;)

Walk & talk with you soon!

Amy :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Topic of the Week - Pretty Toes

Ok... it's sandal season and you want pretty toes!
Before you book that next pedicure, hear me out!
I love a great pedicure just as much as the next walker... but leave the callauses! I know you are thinking, "yuck! I don't want rough spots on my feet." Fine, file the rough spots but leave the thicker layer of skin! Your training is helping to condition your feet for this incredible journey. Don't defeat (no pun intended!) the purpose! Keep the callauses soft and suptle. Totally removing them with chemicals or shaving is a bad move. I have seen plenty of walkers train for months to only get a pedi the week of the event and not stop their pedicurist from removing them.
Be kind to those feet! Get the feet massaged and toes painted pink! :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Week of June 22

Ok... Bad Amy!

Sorry for the delay... the week is getting away from me already!

Here is the training schedule for this week.

I have one walk posted for Thursday of this week.... plus look for a Fort Wilderness walk on Saturday morning!

Only 130 days until Tampa!

Amy :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Week of June 15

Hey there walkers~

Oh, the heat is on! Summer is in full force but don't let that hamper your training. Remember to keep hydrated and lots of sunscreen!

Here is the training schedule for the week.
(click on schedule for a large view)

Keep checking the 3-Day page for upcoming training walks.

Walk and talk with you soon.
Amy :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tip of the Week - HYDRATION

Ok… topic of the week… Hydration.

Yes, you need to drink! I think they covered that pretty well at the Getting Started Meetings or any Training Walk you may have attended. But let’s break this down. You walk, you sweat, you lose fluids, you need to replace them. Plain and simple.

Water and Gatorade are a must for every 3-Day walker and crew member! You should be drinking a bottle of water and a bottle of Gatorade every two to three miles when walking or for every hour of cardiovascular activity. The water keeps your muscles from cramping and the Gatorade helps keep your electrolytes in balance. With this balance, your 3-Day will be a great experience.

I have heard lots of comments about Gatorade… I don’t like the flavor, it tastes funny, too many calories. Let me address this. 1. Flavor – there are several BASIC flavors on the 3-Day. Nothing fancy…red, orange, yellow, blue. Like I said basic! 2. Taste – same thing. Basics here too! 3. Calories – listen, yes, it has calories BUT you are burning TONS of calories on this event. Your body needs sodium, potassium and chloride that are essential for hydration and muscle function.

So start drinking up! A hydrated body is a happy body. As fabulous as the medical team is, you don’t want to have to meet them on event, unless it’s as you cross the finish line and they are cheering you on! Remember, Drink + Pee = No IV.

Walk and talk with you soon.
Amy :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Saturday, June 13 - 5 miles - Ft. Wilderness Campground DISNEY

When: Saturday, June 13th - 8 am
Where: Fort Wilderness Campground - Disney - We will park near the kennels - follow the signs for the Hoop-Dee-Do Review
Mapquest/Google Address: 4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trl, Orlando, FL 32830
Mileage: 5 miles

I love this place to walk! We will do a 5 mile loop through Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney. Campground, not Wilderness Lodge! We will start our walk at the kennel.

Please bring your own hydration (the store does not open until 9am so be prepared!), fanny pack (time to break it in!), sunscreen (it will be HOT!), id and a smile! Restrooms are available along the route and there is LOTS of shade! Also make sure you eat breakfast before you arrive! The smell of bacon cooking will drive you crazy!!!

Please RSVP on the 3-Day page below or to or 407.376.1213

Here a link to the route
View Interactive Map on

For you "die-hard" walkers, you can add another loop for 10 miles.

See you Saturday!
Amy :)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Week of June 8

Hey there Walkers!

June is in full bloom and now everyone in the 3-Day training is training... no matter what city they are walking in!

Here is the schedule.

I will be posting all about Fanny Packs later on this evening!

Walk and Talk to you soon!

Amy :)

Fanny Talk and Blister How Tos!

Ok… the feet are happy with those shoes and socks. Now let’s move on to other walk essentials.

Let’s accessorize! Yes, accessorize! What are shoes without a great purse? Yes, a purse for your hips! You will need a fanny pack! They are things you need to have with you… just in case! Fanny packs, like purses, come in lots of different shapes, sizes, colors and prices. (disclaimer time… remember, this is just my advice! Not gospel!) You need something big enough for 2 water bottles, sunscreen, lip protection, blister pack, extra socks, small wallet, cell phone (in the off position), rain poncho and camera. No, I know you are not a pack mule but there are things you need to be prepared for. There are certain essentials that you will need for an event like this. The 3-Day is not just a walk around the park. There will be varied terrain and weather and you need to be prepared.

Back to the fanny… pack! You do NOT need to spend a lot of money on this item.

This is my old fanny pack (Anthony is now the proud owner… minus the frog! He’s mine!). You’ll notice… it’s not flashy, but very practical. It has TWO water bottle holders… a must! It helps balance your stride as you walk… I know, sounds silly but very true! Plus a center section for other necessities. Walmart and Target have great options in their sporting goods sections. Try them on! MUST DO!!! It needs to be comfortable since you will be spending lots of time wearing it! Walmart’s is about $11 and Target’s is about $21. I have had them both. The Walmart one wore a little too quickly and Anthony is now using my Target one! Enough said! My advice--- try them both! Other sources to consider are bike shops, Bass Pro Shop or Dick’s Sporting Goods.

First, let’s start
with the TWO water bottle holders. You need TWO! One for water, one for Gatorade. (if you don’t like Gatorade, tough! The stuff will save your butt during training and on event! Water it down but DRINK IT!) Speaking of water
bottles, most of the bottles that come with fanny packs have very narrow openings and are made of hard plastic. You will want to replace these with soft sided sports bottles. These bottles should have a wide opening so it’s easy to add ice and liquid to. On event, water and Gatorade are in gallon jugs and pouring them into narrow openings is messy. Plus ice does not fit easily!

There is another option, if the fanny purse is not your “thing.” You can use a Camelbak hydration system. It’s like a backpack with a watertight bladder to fill with water. They

come in several sizes. Just remember, you will need somewhere to put your other walk essentials plus you will need a water bottle for Gatorade.

I have used both fanny packs and camelbaks…they both work well. It’s just a matter of finding what works for you. Now is the time to try them out!

Before we get into the details of the contents, let’s talk Ziplock! You need Ziplock bags! Why? 1. Keeps everything organized. Nothing like tearing your entire fanny pack apart just to find your lip balm. 2. It’s rains! Even on the 3-Day! 3. Smelly socks are just that… SMELLY!!

Ok, center section of that fanny pack! What’s in it? All your stuff! ;)
ICE – No, not ice, ICE… In Case of Emergency contact info. You need to have a small wallet with ID, insurance card, debit card, small amount of cash (Twisty Treat ice cream is a great treat 15 miles into the day!). You will also want to have a 3x5 card with your emergency contact info, any allergies and other helpful info. Keep all of this in the same Ziplock bag.

CELL PHONE – ok, cell phone is handy BUT in the off position while you are on the route! If you just have to make that call that just can’t wait until Pit 3, step off the route, stop walking and place the call or TEXT! Cell phones are for emergencies only on event. Plus they make great alarm clocks while in tent city! But seriously, please NO cell phones used on the route. Crew members will remind (yell at) you to turn them off… and we don’t like to yell… but we do because we care and safety is job ONE! Plus walking and texting is dangerous! I have seen plenty of signs just jump out in front of people as they have been texting on the route! Keep your cell phone in the same ziplock as your wallet.

SUNSCREEN – there is no sense getting skin cancer in the fight against breast cancer. You will want a sunscreen that will not run when you sweat. Stinging eyes hurt! Coppertone Sport is great… especially the spray can and it also comes in a stick for your face. It doesn’t run and burn your eyes. Bullfrog is also pretty good. Make sure it’s a high enough SPF to keep those harmful rays away…. 30 or higher! Try a couple to find one that works for you. Also remember to reapply several times throughout the day. PLUS don’t forget your lips! Rehydrating causes lip protection to disappear. Keep your lip protection handy at all times… try one that comes with a clip to hang on your lanyard. I have seen lots of puffy lips from sun poisoning… don’t become Angelina or Anthony! Keep all your sunscreen together in a gallon ziplock.

EXTRA SOCKS – You’re thinking, I will have socks on, why do I need extras? Well, short answer – feet sweat, sweaty feet = blisters! Enough said! By changing your socks during lunch, your feet stay dry and happy. Yeah! Keep your socks in their own ziplock and then put the smelly ones right back in the bag!

RAIN PONCHO – Ok, it’s Florida. It rains! Mother Nature is not guaranteeing a “perfect” 3-Day weather weekend, so invest the 99 cents in a disposable rain poncho… personally, I would get 3… one for each day! They also make great ground covers during lunch.

BLISTER PACK – I know, you’re thinking, “I’m not get to get blisters” or “They have medical at all the pits so I don’t need to pack my own
stuff”, well… guess again! You WILL get at least one blister between training and the event! It’s just the way it is! YOU need to be prepared to take care of your feet. (Emphasis on YOU!... even though there are medical personnel on event, you are responsible for you! Learn how to protect your feet and leave the hard cases for the doctors!) Blister packs are very easy to make and you probably have everything you need already in your medicine cabinet.

1. Bandaids – The fabric ones are the best. Make sure they have the good adhesive!
2. Neosporin – The “secret” healer of 3-Day blisters.
3. Moleskin – you may not have this in your medicine cabinet but it’s worth the stroll down the footcare aisle at Walgreens or CVS. Buy the thinner kind.

4. Baby powder – the travel size is perfect. Dry feet = happy feet!

Here are a few other options you may find helpful.
1. Travel size first aid kit – They are 99 cents at Target. The plastic case is worth the price of admission. It can hold everything you need. Plus it comes with some bandaids and antiseptic wipes.
2. Manicure or sewing kit scissors – these are perfect for cutting moleskins as needed.
3. Toe sleeves – Another little wonder that has saved several toes… including mine! Another find in the footcare aisle.
4. Blister bandaids – these are a bit more specialized and are available at pit stops or Walgreens again.

Use the Travel First Aid Kit to hold the bandaids, toe sleeves, antiseptic wipes, moleskin and scissors… yes, they will fit. Everything for the Blister Pack will fit nicely in a Quart sized Ziplock bag. Use the FREEZER type… they are thicker.

Now, that you have all the stuff for the Blister Pack, let me share the “3-Day Way to Protect Blisters.”
1. Never POP, lance or drain a blister! NEVER! Why? This is the body’s way of protecting the problem area.
2. Gently clean the top of the blister.
3. Apply Neosporin to the top and cover with a bandaid.
4. If the spot still rubs once you put your shoe back on, add mole skin over the top of the bandaid. If you use moleskin just be aware that you need to leave it on until it’s ready to come off. You may pull skin off… ouch!
5. If you have a large blister or one under your toenail, go to medical. They will lance it and bandage it.
Ok… the last “must have” is a fabulous miracle product…

BODY GLIDE – I think this literally saved a few butts on event… mine included.
This type of distance walking causes skin to rub. Rubbing is BAD! Body glide comes in a deodorant type stick container so no messy hands or gooey feeling like with Vaseline. It’s great for feet, toes,
heels, upper arms, thighs, knees …and even a few other areas! Wink, wink! I would highly recommend getting your own because you will not want to share… especially if you know where other people may be putting it! ;) This is available at Sports Authority or at a bike shop.

Just beware of the Body Glide with the RED cap. This is the Ben Gay version. Great for after the walk but may cause some issues on the walk itself. It can heat up really fast!!!

If you need Ben Gay, try Bio-Freeze. This comes in a roll on and it great for tired muscles and minor aches and pains. The Medical Staff uses this. It is not available in stores, but is online. Great stuff!
So, these are the basics that I would recommend. Yes, it will all fit in a fanny pack…. HONEST!

As you continue your training, you will find other things that work for you. My miscellaneous things include a yoga strap for stretching at stops, Destin baby ointment for road rash (it helps with the sting and make the burning go away!) and a dri-wick towel to help me keep my hands and face dry plus it keeps my hands busy to help keep “sausage” fingers under control. A golf towel will also work.

I can do a Fanny Pack workshop, if it would help. Just let me know.

You can do it! Get out and walk!

Walk and Talk to you soon.
Amy :)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Shoes and Socks! The foundation of your 3-Day!

I know that the 3-Day has told you about training and fundraising and what to expect on event at the Getting Started Meetings, but we need to start at the beginning. YOU are walking 60 miles in 3 days, not counting the 585 miles (give or take a mile) of training you will do. You need to start with your feet. The right socks and shoes are a must to make this journey bearable for your feet.

(ok…disclaimer time: I will give lots of advice in the blog, but by no means is this the gospel. This is just advice…take it or leave it! This are just helpful tips I have learned along the way)

First, let’s talk shoes. The proper fit is key. TrackShack (1104 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803) and New Balance Winter Park (460 N. Orlando Ave, Suite 110, Winter Park, FL 32789) are two of the best places to start. New Balance is a sponsor of the 3-Day and will offer a discount. TrackShack is great because they will measure and fit you to exactly the activity you are doing. Make sure to tell them you are doing a 60 mile walk. You want to make sure the shoe has a wide toe box and plenty of wiggle room. The more room, the less likely you will have rubbing…. KEY! You will want shoes one size BIGGER! Don’t believe me – at the next training walk, ask me about 2005 and the wrong size shoes! YIKES! Also, if you go the TrackShack and they fit you to a New Balance shoe, you can go to New Balance and purchase them with the discount. Save money when you can! Also, you are going to need two pairs of shoes to get you through training and the event. If you can afford to buy two pairs now and alternate them during training, do so. The event is not the time or place to break in new shoes.

Ok…moving on. The next time of defense, socks. I know, most people think, socks are socks… NOT TRUE! The right sock and do a lot for you. I have tried at least 6 different brands before I found the “perfect” sock for me. Dri-wick is great. It helps keep feet dry. But another consideration is padding. Walkers need different areas of support then runners. Look for socks geared toward walkers with additional padding on the top of the foot and the heel. I like Thorlos (5632 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819). There are several places in Orlando that sell these socks but the Thorlos Factory Outlet may be worth the drive. They sell “seconds” which have really no flaws for ½ price. They have several “levels” of socks for every activity imaginable. Plus if you bring your shoes in with you, they will let you try on socks with your shoes to find the right fit. I suffered with plantar fasciitis after my first year of training and then found these socks. THEY ARE FABULOUS! My feet are fine now thanks to the extra cushioning of these socks. My advice – try a couple different brands. The most expensive are not necessarily the best for you.

I know, I have given you lots to think about and consider. Now is the time to experiment with shoes and socks, NOT SEPTEMBER! Take care of your feet and your feet will take care of you. :)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Week of June 1

Happy Monday... and happy walking!

Here is the training schedule for the week. (Click for a larger view)

Walk and talk to you soon.

Amy :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Saturday, May 30 - 5 miles - Ft. Wilderness Campground DISNEY

When: Saturday, May 30 - 8am
Where: Fort Wilderness Campground - Disney - We will park near the kennels
Mapquest/Google Address: 4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trl, Orlando, FL 32830
Mileage: 5 miles

We will be walking a 5 mile loop through Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney. Campground, not Wilderness Lodge. We will start our walk at the kennel.

Please bring your own hydration, fanny pack, sunscreen, id and a smile! Restrooms are available along the route and lots of shade.

Please RSVP on the 3-Day page below or to or 407.376.1213

Here a link to the route
View Interactive Map on

Week of May 25th

Happy Memorial Day! Sorry for the late post but better a bit late than never! ;)

Here is the schedule for the week. (click to enlarge)
Have a great week.
Amy :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tuesday, May 19th - 3 Miles - Conroy Windermere Publix

When: Tuesday, May 19th - 6:00pm
Where: Conroy Windermere Publix
Mapquest/Google Address: 4870 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Mileage: 3 miles

This will be an easy paced walk! Restrooms are limited. There are some hills so be prepared. ***Also be aware, I DO NOT WALK IN RAIN!*** If you want to know if we are definitely walking, CALL ME! (407.376.1213)

Here's the route
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Please RSVP for this walk. You can RSVP on the 3-Day site

Walk & Talk to you soon!
Amy :)

Walkers Wanted - May 18th

Week of May 18th
Cypress Grove Park (off Holden Ave) M-Th 5:30-6:45pm - Jessica & Angela -

Cady Way Trail - Saturday, May 23 8am - Heather -
Gemini Springs(Debary) - M & W - Kathy

I will continue to update this post throughout the week so keep checking back. Email me with where you'll be walking this week! ;)

Week of May 18th

Happy Rainy Monday!

Luckily we always start the week with REST! ;)

Here's the training schedule for the week. (double click for a full view of calendar)

Lace up those sneakers and get out and walk!

Amy :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 16th - 3 mile - Central FL Kick Off Walk

When: Saturday, May 16th - 8am
Where: Too Jay's parking lot at the Marketplace in Dr. Phillips
Mapquest/Google Address: 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Mileage: 3 miles - easy pace

We will be walking an easy 3 mile loop in the beautiful Dr. Phillips area. This is also a PINK shirt walk so wear your favorite PINK shirt to show support and raise awareness for the 3-Day.

Here is a preview of the route
View Interactive Map on

Please arrive by 7:50am so we can complete our paperwork and short pep talk/safety speech and start at 8am sharp.

Please make sure to bring hydration (i.e. water and gatorade), id and a smile. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow walkers and crew and have all your 3-Day questions answered.

Restrooms are availalbe at Too Jay's and Starbucks. Remember, no cell phones, iPods or strollers are allowed.

Please RSVP to the link below or by emailing or by calling 407.376.1213

Monday, May 11, 2009

Week of May 11th

Hey there Central Florida Walkers!

Here is the training schedule for this week. (Click on the schedule for a larger view)

If your program has started lace up those sneakers and hit the pavement. If you are still waiting.... Tampa, Dallas, Arizona and San Diego... you can start slow... maybe a couple walks around the block or start scoping out some cross training options.

Make sure to mark your calendar for Saturday and our Central Florida Kick Off Walk. Click the link below for more info and to RSVP
I hope you all have a great week and see you on Saturday! :)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Still time....

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Training Schedule for Week of May 4th

Happy Monday! :)

Here is the training schedule for this week.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Amy :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Let's make Mom proud this Mother's Day!

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Make Mom Proud.... sign up today! And a World without Breast Cancer is the best Mother's Day gift .... EVER!! :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ok, ok....

I know several people are asking.... "when do we get to walk?" Well, Tampa Bay walkers have just a couple more weeks until the official Training season starts but several other participants in the Orlando area are already into training.

Each week I will post the weekly training schedule for all the cities. This will help you stay on track. I will also post any training walks here, as well as on the 3-Day page and in our group page on Facebook! (Yes, I love to OVER communicate!)

Here is the Training schedule for the week of April 27

Look for more updates soon... and an Orlando area "Kick-off" walk for the Tampa Bay season... why should the walkers in Tampa have all the fun! ;)
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I am here to help you.
Amy :)