Monday, May 24, 2010

The Recharge I needed

Training is in full swing, fundraising is a constant effort and we are making progress. However I started to feel a little worn out, both emotionally and physically. Between training walks I have cross training and running, because I am also working very hard on loosing weight and strength training. There are my 2 kids, my two dogs, the horses, housework and cooking. (sigh) I am just a tad overwhelmed. When I first registered for the 3 day I dove into training and fundraising. I was pumped, excited and fearless. But the more I push myself the worse it gets. My husband and I thought that going to the 3 Day preview expo to get a "recharge" I got more than I bargained for.
When we got their we went to the "Life on the 3 Day" seminar. Which for a 1st time walker is a must! It was an hour long, it was led by walkers that have done this numerous times. We watched a slide show of photos from past walks. We we told how our day and night was going to go on each day of the walk. We learned what goes on at opening and closing ceremonies. What camp was like, what you should and shouldn't pack. After the presentation, there was a question and answer session.

There were other seminars they included "Attack the Pack" "Blister care and prevention" and "Injury Prevention" Because we arrived a little late, we didn't have enough time to participate in the others because we wanted to look around the expo hall. There was a giveaway bag filled with AWESOME stuff from NB and sponsors; Congratulations to Diana Prehn for winning! We did get grab bags of goodies- Snacks, tampons, sun screen, wet wipes and more. I am all about freebies!

They had some tents set up showing how everything would fit and work out. They even had a booth just for tent decorating. There were booths about fundraising, training, breast health and SHOPPING. In Cleveland Achilles and New Balance were there with lots of stuff for sale. New Balance held fittings...the even test the way you walk to see where your pressure points are and help find a shoe best for you. They had great deals and sales. Before we left we took our pictures in front of the Cleveland banner and we got the chance to write letters to each other, to receive at camp. You can even decorate signs for the route. I even wrote a letter to my future self, reminding me of how far I have come and to stop whining about my feet :) Overall it was a lot of fun. I met a lot of great people, and got the motivation boost I desperately needed.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Drink, Pee, NO IV

There is a motto at the 3 day "Drink, Pee, no IV." There is less than 90 days to the Cleveland 3 day. I have been hard at work with fundraising and going on plenty of training walks. The weather is warming up and the walkers are getting longer which reminds me why the topic of hydration on the 3 day and during training is SO IMPORTANT.

Each walker is told to drink both water and Gatorade during the walk. To prevent Hyponatremia (low sodium) is a rare but serious condition that can cause weakness, cramps, swollen hands and feet, confusion, and even seizures.

Pre-training walk/Pre-event:
  • Drink an extra 8 glasses (64 ounces or 2 quarts) of fluid during the 24 hours before a long training walk or the event.
  • Drink 2 glasses (16 ounces or 1 pint) of fluid 2 hours before exercise. This will allow time to excrete the excess fluid prior to walking. Remember, in hot or humid weather you may need to drink more fluids.
During your walk: Monitor your fluid intake. Drink when thirsty. Your urine should be dilute and you should be urinating frequently. Try to consume 4 to 5 ounces of fluid per mile. This should include water and sports drink. Post Walk: Drink a combination of water and sports drink and consume food with some salt after exercising more than 1 hour.

We all know we need a water bottle or hydration pack while on the 3 day, but exactly how much do you have to actually carry? On the walk there is some form of pit stop or grab and go every 3 or so miles. So based on the recommendations given by the 3 day coaches, you need to carry at least 12-15oz with you and refill at EVERY stop. My walk is in in the end of July and it can be very hot and I want to be as comfortable as possible. So carrying anything heavy or bulky is not an option. I found a really attractive lightweight fanny pack style pack. It is made by Amphipod, I bought it online @  It bought the 24oz lite version. It has an adjustable wide belt. It has (2) 12oz bottles that each sit on a slant with a small pouch in between to carry the other little things you may need. The bottles are more flat than round, so they don't bounce around and sit flush with my back. This company has multiple versions in all different sizes. I can now fill up with both water and sports drink at each stop. What I have found about this pack is that its not to heavy even when full. I did consider a pack that has just one larger bottle, but I felt unbalanced and over 20 miles that could cause issues.

A lot of walkers like the camelbak style packs, which look like a backpack and has a leak proof bladder. They range in sizes and some can hold a LOT of water. For me there is a few problems with this type.
  1. My back sweats and my shoulders hurt when carrying a backpack in the heat, so it wouldn't work for me on a long distance walk.
  2. I would have to switch every other stop between water and Gatorade. I'm not even sure if I would want to put a sticky sports drink in that bladder, for cleaning reasons.
  3. and finally I don't believe that you should lug around more than you need. Why carry 2 liters when you don't have to. Comfort on the 3 day is the difference between having fun and being miserable.
I am NOT saying steer clear of these. I am just giving the reasons it wouldn't work for ME. To each their own. What works for me may not work for you and visa versa.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Latest logos

I have openings again for logos. In addition to team logos for shirts I have been making letterheads, flyers, donation cards and graphics for fundraisers. Here are some of the latest. I'm sure there will be more to see soon. Remember if you got a logo from me be sure to spread the word.