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Giveaway Winner!

25 Jul

Hi all! I hope you all had fun with this because I’m really excited to have an Energizer Energi-To-Go pack to giveaway because they’re so great. I really love mine and I hope the winner does too!

I also hope you followed along this weekend with my progress as the Boston Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure kicked off! It was a long, exhausting and emotional weekend, and it was also completely amazing and wonderful. I met some really amazing people and am already excited for next year! Or at least I will be once my blisters heal! If you haven’t read them yet, I hope you will, and look out for the Day 3 recap coming soon! Here’s Day 1 and Day 2.

And now… for the winner! We had a clear winner for this giveaway and <drum roll please!> the winner is SHANNON SCHULTE! Congratulations Shannon, and thank you!

I’ve been inspired to do more giveaways in the future, so please subscribe and be the first to know when it happens!

Thank you everyone!

*Caitlin

Day 1 Done! And Then the Rain Came…

23 Jul

Day 1 of the Boston Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure is complete! It felt great to walk up the hill and see camp in the distance! It’s been a long, but awesome day here in the outskirts of Boston. Opening ceremony was inspiring and got everyone ramped up to hit the road! I was so honored to have been asked to carry a flag during the opening ceremony, and I got to carry Discoveries.

My walk experience thus far is a lot different than what I experienced last year. Last year I was on a team and Paul walked with me; this year I’m walking solo. It’s been wonderful to meet so many of the different walkers on the route. My Vibrams have made a lot of new friends for me! I get asked a lot what kind of shoes they are and how my feet feel walking in them. Towards the end of the day, I had to be honest and tell them that my feet had felt better days. The first 10 miles went really well, and then I started to feel the blisters forming and the soreness setting in. I also seem to have pulled a muscle in my thigh, so for the last 10 miles I was puttering along at a slower pace which was just fine by me. Reached camp at about 3pm, just when it started to rain.

And as I said, along the way I met some really great people. First, before the walk even started, I met John. John is from Hamden, CT and we met in the New Haven train station. He recognized my gear and sat down and started chatting. This is his 3rd walk so he was telling me the ins and out of Boston. Turns out he was going to carry an opening ceremony flag as well so we’ve become good buddies.

There was Vicky from X Team who is from Newton and a survivor. She was telling me about her 12 year old son who came to opening ceremony practice and looked a little bored. She said she walked over and asked how he was doing and he paused and then said, “You’re a survivor. I’m only 12. This is kind of tough” about watching a ceremony about being a survivor and losing loved ones.

I met George, who is something of a legend around these parts. This is his 7th Boston 3-Day for the Cure walk and his signature, the thing everyone knows him for, is that when he arrives at any Pit Stop or Grab N Go and especially at camp, he walks to the center of the crowd and yells, “Honey!! I’m hooooome!” and everyone cheers. He walks for his wife, who lost her battle with breast cancer.

I met Jill and Christie; Jill from Kentucky and Christie from Texas and they’re walking for Jill’s family. Three of Jill’s sisters were diagnosed with breast cancer within two years, her mom is a survivor, diagnosed twenty years ago.

Of course Men With Heart is here! Great guys in bright yellow shirts who are supportive and really embody the Keep Going® spirit! They stood at the finish line in the rain cheering everyone in.

I think the person who best represents everything the Energizer Bunny® is about and the Keep Going® spirit would be Kevin. I met him during practice for opening ceremonies, and Kevin is walking ALL 15 walks this year! He did one walk in 2008, two in 2009 and decided to do all 15 this year. He said he just wanted to step it up a bit… a bit. But he’s always excited and in the front of the pack, very energetic and ready to Keep Going®. Make sure you find Kevin if you’re doing one of the other 14 walks!!

Looking forward to tomorrow! I need to go do something about my blisters and think about if I’ll keep my Vibrams on tomorrow or if I’ll use the sneakers that I brought with me. Decisions, decisions. Thank you EVERYONE for your supportive tweets during the day! They were so great and really inspired me to Keep Going® as the day was coming to a close!

Donations accepted until 30 days after the walk! Would love your support! http://bit.ly/caitlin3day

3-Day Giveaways!

22 Jul

A few posts back I talked about how much I love the Energizer® Energi-To-Go portable phone charger that I got from Energizer®. I’ve only had it for about two weeks and I can already tell you about how it’s come in super handy when I was in a pinch. Yesterday there was a pretty bad storm making its way through Connecticut. I was driving home from a meeting and all of a sudden there was torrential rain, wind whipping through and I could barely see. I had to take three different routes to get home because of trees that had been blown over and into the road. At points I was driving in water that must have been at least a foot deep. I kept hearing reports on the radio that there were possible tornado touchdowns in the area. I finally pulled onto my road only to find it blocked by a large branch that my neighbors were trying to drag out of the way. When I finally made it to my driveway and got out of the car, my phone was ringing off the hook with my family calling because they heard the reports of tornados in Bristol (where I live). I told them I was fine, the neighborhood was a mess and we had no power but I was OK. As I was on the phone I heard that really annoying beep that tells me my phone is about to die. And I had no power. I got a little nervous because I knew Paul wasn’t home yet and my parents would be calling back again to make sure everything was OK, and I needed my phone!

Then I remembered about my Energizer® Energi-To-Go charger! I plugged that in and I was back in business. I was able to take Lily (our dog) out for a walk and stand outside with the neighbors and not have to worry about Paul being able to get in touch with me. It was such a relief to have it when I needed it most.

And you can have one of your very own Energizer® Energi-To-Go portable chargers because I’m giving one away, compliments of  Energizer®! I’m in Boston ready for the 3-Day for the Cure and starting tomorrow morning I’ll be walking 60 miles with thousands of other dedicated walkers! When I get back to Connecticut on Sunday night I’ll add up the points and announce a winner!

So here’s how you get points, and in order for you to be awarded points you have to comment below so I know you’ve subscribed or tweeted or Facebooked!

For 3 points

*Subscribe to my blog

For 2 points

*Like the Energizer Bunny on Facebook (And as an added bonus, for every new member they have, Energizer® will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen!!): http://www.facebook.com/EnergizerBunny

*Follow the Energizer Bunny on Twitter: @EnergizerBunny

*Follow Energizer on Twitter: @Energizer

*Like Thayer Consulting, LLC (my social media company) on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thayermedia

*Follow me on Twitter (@CTinCT)

For 1 point

*Tweet this: “@CTinCT is giving away an @Energizer Energi-To-Go portable charger! http://ow.ly/2flKW
@EnergizerBunny #KeepGoing”

*Tag Thayer Consulting in your status on Facebook. (i.e. Caitlin from Thayer Consulting is giving away an Energizer® Energi-To-Go portable charger! http://ow.ly/2flKW) If you need to know how to tag on Facebook, click here.

By tweeting and Facebooking more than once, you can get multiple points! I’ll count up the points on Sunday night and announce a winner at 9am on Monday morning! In the event of a tie, I’ll announce both winners and whichever person comments first will win the Energizer® Energi-To-Go portable charger!

Good luck!

The Countdown Begins!

13 Jul

The countdown really began the day I signed up for the 3-Day for the Cure® but now that we’re down to 10 DAYS it’s much easier to keep track of! Only 10 days until the 3-Day for the Cure season kicks off, and it’s all starting in Boston! This is the time when everything starts to come together, and all of the training and fundraising feels like it’s paying off. When you’re fundraising months and months in advance, it feels like you have SO MUCH TIME to get everything done, and you’re telling people that you’re walking in July which feels like an eternity away. Now it’s July and the walk starts in 10 days. It’s reality.

My memories of last year’s walk keep flooding back as I’m thinking about packing my overnight bag, as I’m packing and re-packing my hip bag that I’ll take on the walk with me, as I’m contemplating how many pairs of socks to bring (not this year! No socks with my Vibrams), and running last minute errands to make sure I have everything. If you’re starting to think about packing, make sure you read The Underground Guide to the Breast Cancer Walks. It saved my life last year in telling me the do’s and don’t’s of packing. Seriously, read it.

To all of my Boston friends, I hope you’ll come to cheer on not only me, but the other walkers who have taken on this challenge as well! There are designated cheering stations throughout the walk, and I hope you’ll take the time to hang out at one or two sometime during the weekend:

Friday, July 23:

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
St. Paul’s Church
502 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482

12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Yolanda’s parking lot
355 SR-60 Waverly Oaks Rd.
Waltham, MA 02452

Saturday, July 24:

7:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Robins Farm Park
51 Eastern Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
YMCA-Greater Boston Area:
North Suburban Family Branch
138 Lexington St.
Woburn, MA 01801

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Parker Field Playground
81 Worthen Rd.
Lexington, MA 02420

Sunday, July 25:

7:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Shaw’s Supermarket
699 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

8:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

9:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Boston Public Garden
(between Paul Revere and Swan Boats)
Commonwealth & Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02127

And for all of those walking the Boston 3-Day for the Cure… I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU! One of the absolute best parts of the walk is just meeting all of the other walkers!! Everyone comes for a different reason; whether it’s to support a loved one, remember someone they’ve lost, support the cause or just to get themselves in better shape, everyone has a great story to tell. So Boston walkers, keep in mind that if you talk to me, you just may end up in my blog!

My advice to all walkers; enjoy every second. Enjoy the soreness, the tired, the pain. Enjoy meeting everyone, make an effort to talk to a lot of people, walk with different groups. Enjoy the port-a-potties (it’s better than a bush!), the shower trucks, the dining tent. Thank every crew member you meet, everyone who serves you breakfast, lunch and dinner and thank the other walkers around you. The words “thank you” were one of my biggest motivators last year. Every time someone said it to me it propelled me further.

10 days!

Shout-Out to Energizer

12 Jul

The big thanks to Energizer is of course for choosing me as a Keep Going blogger! I’ve gotten to meet so many awesome people as the Keep Going® bloggers connect on Twitter and Facebook and support each others training and blogging. I’m having a great time sharing my stories with everyone, and having people actually read them. 🙂

The other thanks is for the cool Energizer stuff they’ve sent me! I LOVE the Energizer Bunny® I got, we’re twins in our matching sunglasses! I also have enough batteries to last for a few years, an awesome Keep Going® journal, water bottle, pedometer, bag and a 3-Day for the Cure board game!! One of my absolute favorite things that I got was an Energizer power pack that will give my cell phone or laptop a boost when I need it! It’s super small and gives my Blackberry extra hours of power when it dies. I love my Blackberry but the battery dies so quickly! It never would have lasted throughout the 3-Day for the Cure® so I’m really happy and excited to have this little power pack to help me get through the weekend. I would totally recommend getting one for yourself if you have a smart phone. (Full disclosure: Energizer sent me the product but the review is completely mine.)

I hope you’ll all come visit me in the Energizer tent at camp, I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday nights after the walk ends. See you in Boston!

Boston’s Keep Going® Blogger!!

9 Jun

For those of you who don’t know, Energizer® (the presenting sponsor of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®) held a Facebook promotion encouraging bloggers from around the country to apply to be a Keep Going® Blogger for the 3-Day for the Cure. The Keep Going Blogger will blog all about what it’s like to stay motivated while training, share fund-raising experiences, and give insight about what it’s like to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. They looked to choose 15 bloggers, one to represent each of the 15 3-day walks that are held annually,  and they chose me(!!) to be the Boston 3-Day for the Cure Keep Going Blogger!! I am so excited for this opportunity to share my 3-day experiences with everyone and to meet my fellow Boston walkers!!

If this is your first visit to my blog I encourage you to read on. You’ll learn that I plan to walk this year’s 3-Day for the Cure in my Vibram Five Fingers (barefoot shoes) rather than in sneakers. I hope you’ll subscribe and follow along with my barefoot training journey, and I’ll be sharing my fund-raising tips as well! This is my 2nd year doing the 3-day, last year I was in D.C. If you scroll down far enough you’ll see my blogs from then.

I look forward to meeting you all in Boston, come see me in the  Energizer tent! And if anyone lives in the Hartford, Connecticut area, come see me tomorrow night at the Wood N Tap Hartford for my 3-Day for the Cure fund-raiser! I’ll be there from 5-11pm and 10% of proceeds will benefit my walk!

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