Well it’s official! I’m joining the fight against breast cancer and participating in the San Diego Susan G. Komen 3-Day. I haven’t done any races or events like this for a while because it was too painful for me.
No, not physically painful but emotionally painful. I used to dedicate all my races to my mom but since she parted this world, I lost the motivation to participate in races or events like the 3-Day walk.
I used to love supporting causes of all kinds and use my love for running and fitness to honor my mom and her strength while battling cancer.
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My mom and I always talked about doing the 3-Day walk together because she beat stage IV breast cancer, she survived and she had HOPE in finding a cure some day. She never got the chance to walk because cancer came back and took her from us on February 19, 2016. The pain from that day will never go away but I know she would want me to carry on and lead an inspiring life.
Read my mother’s miracle story here.
So that’s why I’m finally mustering up my courage and facing my fear of emotions and pain. I’ll be keeping the promise to my mom by participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in San Diego November 17-19.
All sadness aside, I’m very excited to join 100’s in the fight against breast cancer because this event is more than just pink ribbons and tutus. This is about bringing hope where hope is lost. It’s about bringing early detection and resources to those who need it the most. This is about a fight that we all need to be fighting.
My 3-Day Walk Game Plan
So how am I planning to tackle 60 miles? Especially after not participating in events like this in a while. Well here’s how.
NO. 1 WALK
I feel like not walking will set me up for failure. I do a lot HIIT and short distance running which is a lot different than walking. So the best thing to do is to start walking early. I started small and short (2-3 miles every other day) and now slowly working my way up to (5 miles every other day). This training plan is really nice to help you get an idea of what a training week should look like.
NO. 2 CROSS-TRAIN & STRENGTHENING
You don’t know how much walking works out your body until you go for a long walk. Man are you sore and achy! That’s where not only building up those miles comes in but strengthening your body. You can do cross-training for cardio and strengthening to build those walking muscles. Think squats, calve raises, leg curls, and dead-lifts. I have incorporating a little bit of everything to keep my cardio up and building my endurance.
NO. 3 PRACTICING WITH GEAR
There is nothing worse than getting to a race or event and being uncomfortable the whole time. This has happened to me so many times and I literally just wanted to cry. So that’s why practicing walking with the gear that you plan to wear is crucial.
NO. 4 STAYING MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED
Like I said before, this will be my first event that I have done since my mom passed. So staying motivated and inspired by her fight will give me strength to walk. I can’t even imagine the emotions that will be felt on this day, but I’m ready to do this and keep the promise to my mom. If you’re doing the walk, keep that “WHY” you’re doing the walk in your head. This will help you stay motivated and stray away from negative thoughts.
NO. 5 RESTING & FOAM ROLLING
As important as training is, resting is equally important. Incorporating rest days and foam rolling sessions will give your body the proper rest it needs to keep performing its best. Yoga is also a great option for rest days.
So are you ready to join the fight with me? This is a chance to make a difference, to make new friends, and to bring HOPE to others.
Registration is simple at The3Day.org and you can save $10 off registration by using CHRISTINE10.
You can also choose to do a shorter version the 3-Day 20 Mile.
If you are unable to participate or you just don’t have time, there is still a way you can help out. I have a fundraising goal of $2300 and you can donate directly here. This can be as little as $5! Anything helps towards this fight against cancer.