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To Karin – Don’t Give Up, Keep Going®

7 Jul

There are times during training walks when you’re halfway through mile whatever and you realize that you’re tired. And sore. And hungry. And you think that no one would know if you just went straight home rather than continue on for the next 4 miles to complete the walk. You could still tell everyone that you finished it. But then you remember why you’re walking. You’re training for a 60-mile walk that supports breast cancer and you realize that no matter how hard the walk is, it is infinitely harder to live with breast cancer. So you Keep Going®.

For the past few days I’ve been reading a lot of 3-Day for the Cure tweets about how it’s too hot to walk outside. In some respects, I agree. You have to be careful when it’s this hot and take care of yourself. But most of the tweets didn’t have safety in mind, they had comfort. It’s not fun and enjoyable to walk 5 miles when it’s 100 degrees out. But what’s 2 hours sweating in the heat when you can come home and take a cold shower and turn the air conditioning back on? Our friends with cancer can’t get away from what makes them uncomfortable and causes them pain.

I started really thinking about all of this last night when I was laying in bed (in the air conditioning) and I went on Facebook and saw a post from a friend of mine, Karin Diamond. Karin is only a few years older than I am, but for the past year she’s been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She was diagnosed in May of 2009, cleared December 2009, diagnosed for the 2nd time in January 2010, cleared in June 2010 and diagnosed for the third time yesterday. It puts everything in perspective when you think of someone so young who has gone through so much. More than anyone her age, our age, should ever go through. It makes 60 miles look like a stroll, $2300 some pocket change (compared to the bills she has gotten over the last year ), and the 100 degree heat bearable at the least. This is not to say that what the 3-Day walkers do is an easy feat, because I can attest that the 3-Day for the Cure is one of the hardest things I’ve done. But in perspective, it doesn’t come anywhere near what Karin has gone through. What those living with breast cancer are currently going through, survivors and their families has persevered through.

I hope you’ll all take a few moments to read her blog. She’s documented every step of her journey in great detail over the last year. She had just started the blog in April of 2009 when she was diagnosed. Even if you don’t know her, write some words of encouragement in the comments. Tell her to persevere, to stay strong, to keep fighting, to Keep Going.

Yes You Can!

8 May

Before I actually did my first 3-day, I thought about doing it for years. I knew and read about it and thought it was such a neat event, but it took me years to sign up for my first one. I was intimidated by the $2,300 minimum fund raising, I was intimidated by meeting new people and I would be WALKING 60 MILES?! I was just lacking a bit of motivation, the kick in the pants to make me sign up. So if any of you are feeling the same way, read on.

First of all, the $2,300 is so much easier to raise than you would ever think. This was the scariest part for me but I found that my friends and family wanted to support me, I barely had to ask. I had $1000 almost immediately and within a few months surpassed $4000. You can ask friends, family, co-workers, local businesses.. and don’t forget about the company matching program! A friend can give you $50, but if their company has a matching program, suddenly you have $100. And you can get creative with your fund raising; you can sell breast cancer buttons and stickers and t-shirts, there are all kinds of websites out there that will sell you low-cost product that you can sell. A fund raiser that I do every year is holding a charity night at a local restaurant. They agree to hold the night and I invite everyone I know to come have dinner, and then I get 10% of the proceeds. So if money is what is holding you back, don’t let it.

My next worry was about doing the walk by myself and having to meet new people. I can be pretty shy sometimes, especially in a large group. And I considered 2000 other walkers a large group! And even though I ended up having someone walk with me, I found that I could have done it alone if I had to. Every walker there is there for the same reason, so you already have something in common. Everyone is so happy to be there, to be celebrating someone, honoring someone, remembering someone; and knowing they’ve done something to help the cause. You’ll never find a more friendly and welcoming group of people than you will at the 3-day. You’ll make more friends in those 3 days than you will in a year. And if you’re still anxious, join a team! Go to the 3-day message boards and find a team that’s looking for teammates. That’s an easy way to feel like you’re a part of something for the walk and not there all on your own.

Now.. 60 miles. I know. I know it sounds like a lot and how could any one person possibly walk 60 miles in 3 days when you’ve never walked more than 2 or 3 miles at one time in your life. I know. I was right there with you. All I can say is train, train, train. I don’t think I trained as much as I should have before my first walk, so I was almost literally dragged the last few miles on day 3. Now I know better, and I know how important training is. When you train, you don’t need to be walking 20 miles. Start small, a few miles every day. On your days off move up to 8, 10, 12 miles and make sure you’re taking time to stretch every few miles and drink lots of water and sports drink. When you’re on the 3-day there will be pit stops every few miles with snacks and something to drink and a place to rest and stretch. While walking 20 miles a day definitely isn’t easy, training helps. The other part that helps motivate you on the 3-day will be the people around you. Other walkers who will encourage you, drivers on the road who will honk and wave, signs you’ll see in store windows saying thank you. It all helps push you forward and keep taking steps. And that’s all it is – one foot in front of the other again and again.

The 3-day is something you’ll never forget, and that you’ll never regret having done. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my life and I can’t wait to do it again. You can do it!

This is why I love Twitter.

20 Mar

First off, if you’re on Twitter come say hello! You can follow me @CTinCT and if you comment below and introduce yourself, I’ll follow you as well.

Ready? Good. Ok so – the other day I tweeted that I needed motivation to run/walk. I really need to start training for the 9k I’m running in May (http://bit.ly/caitlinrthb) and for the 3-day in July (http://bit.ly/caitlin3day). Like, serious training needed. Minutes later I had people responded telling me to get off my butt, stop tweeting and get out there! (Thanks @maryanncruz) And then had another Twitter friend saying that she would walk with me! Shortly after another Twitter buddy chimed in saying she would walk with us too! So now we three will be walking once a week together, and it all came together because of Twitter!

If you’d like to meet these two lovely ladies they are @iambunnybee and @hleahh and I met them both on Twitter first. Actually, I’m not sure that @hleahh and I have EVER met… have we? I only met @iambunnybee after she tweeted about visiting my workplace and then met me while I was at the front desk, so we’ve only actually officially met once.

But look at that! The power of social networking – I did in fact get off my butt and go for a run that night, which I am now tracking on dailymile.com – if you’re on dailymile too come be friends with me! And now I also have a standing walking date once a week. Thanks Twitter!