Category Archives: 3-Day Walk for the Cure

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure – Twin Cities 2009

I am not even sure how to put into words how the walk effected me…  It was an amazing experience to be with so many others who have also been effected by breast cancer…  You can laugh, cry, dance, and everyone would be there with you, where ever you were, whatever you were feeling at that moment.  Thank you for all of you who helped me reach my goal so I could be a part of it.  About 2,500 people walked this year and we raised $6.1 million.  Not too shabby…

Friday started a bit rainny, but the rest of the weekend we had perfect weather.


Women aren’t the only ones who walk, men walk too.  And let me tell ya, if you are the kind of guy who would like over 2,400 women to make a BIG deal of you, you should walk next year!  Because, you know that real men wear pink!



Along the route, all three days businesses and people cheered us on, played music, waved signs, decorated their yards, gave us buttons, high-fives, candy and freeze pops (best popsicles EVER).

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There was the most amazing volunteers and crew helping with the event.  If it wasn’t for the motorcycle guys and the mullet pig, I don’t know if some of us could have made it through parts of the walk.  Thanks for all the encouragement, guys!

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As far as the whole food thing went, the special food policy worked like a charm!  I was always able to get my food without a problem.  (Next time I may not want to have everything quite so frozen solid, though, as microwaves in catering semi-trailer aren’t the speediest.)  They always had my lunch at the lunch pit stop.

P1000077I carried some salty snacks the first day as I wanted to be sure there was an option for me when I needed it.  I shouldn’t have worried though, there were always oranges, bananas, potato chips, nuts, or baby carrots to be had.  I didn’t carry any extra treats on day 2 or 3 preferring to save the room in my pack for band-aids and extra socks.


We saw some great scenery along the walk (most of which I didn’t take a picture of because I forgot to as I was trying to walk 60 miles and not tip over)…



and sat on Jody’s couch


While you walked there was a long line of walkers as far as you could see.  Do people who do these types of events all the time get used to it?   For me the whole unity of purpose combined with pushing your body to a different level while celebrating the hope in each other really made the whole event feel amazingly special.


At camp they sent us off with cheers and welcomed us in with cheers and music.  The last walker of the day is cheered in by the entire camp and carries in the flag for the flagpole.  There is a seemingly unlimited supply of hot water in the showers (yes, the showers are in semi-trailers – weird, but who cares?  HOT WATER!!)   There is an evening camp show, announcements for the next day, and don’t forget to stop at the remembrance tent to keep grounded on why we are all doing this…



The sea of pink tents.  Don’t forget the tent decor!


Home sweet tent.

Home sweet tent.



I was really lucky to be “adopted” by an amazing group of ladies (Tina, Ginny, and Mercedes, the Cancer Sucks team) who walked with me on day one, then we found another lone walker like me, Jessie.  They were great fun and the miles didn’t seem like such a big deal when we were talking and walking together.  None of us had walked before and thought we could easily find each other in the morning to walk together again….


…yeah, not so much.  Dude, that is over 2,500 people and looking for someone in a pink hat does NOT narrow down who you are looking for.  I walked alone on Saturday;  that was a TOUGH day for me.  Luckily, on day 3 I met up with Tina and the group at pit stop one and we walked the rest of the way together.  Thank you guys!  You made it possible for me to walk the whole way.  You are an inspiration to me and so fun.  I feel really blessed to have meet them.  My goal if I walk it again is to be able to dance up and down the hills like Jessie did!


Menu Plan Monday is coming a little late this week…

Whew!  The 3-Day Walk is done.  Thank you all for your support and prayers during this event.  I will post this week’s menu and a post about the walk in the next few days.  For now my feet and I are just going to do this:


Menu Plan Monday – August 17, 2009

Friday through Sunday I will be walking in the 2009 Twin Cities Breast Cancer 3-Day.  Thank you to all of you who’s donations and prayers have supported my journey.  For spectator information go here.  There should also be photos up at that link the week after the event.

Hope to see some of you there!

(and, honey, bring me iced coffee or tea and Advil, ‘kay?)

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Here I am, getting back on the menu planning band wagon!  Woo!  Gluten Free Goodness is the host for the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week picking peaches as the theme ingredient.  (I am hoping to make a peach/mango salsa next week if my schedule works out.)  She made my day today by tagging me with the “One Lovely Blog” award.  I love reading her blog (no gluten, dairy, soy, eggs or corn) for the nutrition information that she slips (she has a nutrition practice in “real life”), the creativity with alternative ingredients, and every Monday she has a list of what she gathered from the garden or market (I love that).  I will have to pull together a blog list to tag after the walk.  But, honestly, with so many great blogs how is a girl to choose?  It’s sure to be one huge list!  For more menu inspiration, head over to Laura’s blog for Menu Plan Monday.  I already have a freezer menu on deck to automatically post for Gluten Free-zer Friday, so come back for that.


Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

My menu this week will be very centered around what I need to pack for the 3-Day walk this weekend.  I will be packaging up my meals, labeling and freezing them during the week so I am ready to drop my cooler off for check in on Friday morning at 6 a.m.

And because there will be treats at the 3-Day, I have to make some choices today. Treats?  Oh yes, there will be treats.  You can’t get that many women together and not have snacks, can you?  Of course not!  So, my big dilema today will be deciding if I am making brownies or cookies for my treat?   And if I go with cookies, what kind?  Hmmm…Yeah, I like to wrestle with the big questions in life.  You know I have to pack a bunch because 60 miles of walking will burn them off, and I NEED treats because it will help fuel my walk.  Right?   RIGHT!  (I think I may also hide some in the back of the freezer for when I get home and am recovering.  Shhhh… don’t tell the kids…)

What I have packed for food so far:  Two breakfasts of pancakes and bacon.  I am scrambling veggies and eggs to go with the breakfast toady and add to the containers.  With that sort of activity, I know my body has a big need to start my day with protein.  I made these muffins this weekend (thanks, Carrie!) to pack for my walk power snacks.  However, as my family ate them all, I have to make another batch today.  They are great as is, but as I never seem to leave a well enough alone, I may whip the eggs a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients to see if there is any change.  I may also make a batch with chopped dates and cherries.  Mmmmm….

Monday: Chicken Piccata, veggie stir fry, quinoa pilaf and salad

Tuesday: GF noodles with turkey meatballs, veggie stir fry, salad, gluten free French bread (make double recipe of bread, save some for garlic bread/bread sticks for 3-day dinners)

Wednesday: Mommy does a GF staff training and teaches class

Turkey, ham, and roast veggie roll-up sandwiches, salad (make extra roll-up bread and make 2 sandwiches for walk – freezes well.  Will pack small packets of guacamole to have with sandwich.)

Thursday: Mommy finishes packing

Pork carnitas, corn tortillas, toppings (avocado, cilantro, lime wedges, diced tomato, caramelized onions) and peaches over coconut sorbet

My menu for Friday – Sunday done gluten and dairy free.  (The family is going to fend for itself this time.  Don’t forget to make dinner on Sunday, guys!  Momma is NOT cooking that night, even though I will be home.)

Virtual Personal Trainer

Countdown: < 1 Week

Your Training Schedule for This Week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 30 min Moderate cross-training
Thursday Rest
Friday 20 miles Day One
Saturday 22.7 miles Day Two
Sunday 17.3 miles Day Three

Gluten Free for the 3-Day Walk


Thank you to everyone who helped me achieve my fundraising goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  A few short weeks ago I thought I would not be walking due to the fundraising being out of reach, but I should have known better!  Your generosity has been amazing.  You prayers and encouragement throughout the fundraising process and training have meant the world to me.  Thank you so much.

I know, I have been amazingly absent from the blog for the past couple of weeks.  BUT it has all paid off!  My daughter can ride her bike (Woo!) without fear and while using BRAKES when they are needed (thank you, Maria!!), we have played with several different little friends, camped in the backyard in the pop-up, finished little kickers soccer, had the neighborhood picnic, planned the meetings for the entire year of Daisy Girl Scouts, hubby and son ran the Urban Wildland, my husband did the Turtleman Triathlon, I have been typing and getting my next class put together, sorted out countless things in the basement, and organized a garage sale.  Not only has the garage sale gotten things out of my basement (my hubby is THRILLED, let me tell ya), but it helped me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure!  Woo-hoo!  (Check out the fun fire-work thingy that happens when you make your goal.)  I have made the fund raising goal and now just have to figure out what to pack.

I can (of course) still collect donations, if you are planning on donating but haven’t yet.  However, I would love it if you could give your donations to another walker you may know who hasn’t finished their fundraising yet, so they can go do this amazing walk.I would love you to donate to Elette Gamble who works at Lakewinds (the store where I hold my gluten and dairy free classes) who is also planning on doing the 3-Day walk. She is celebrating her 5 years of Survival from breast cancer.  Please support her journey.  Thanks!

I don’t know if anyone remembers when I signed up for this, but I asked if anyone else had walked the 3-Day with food allergies or celiac.  Carrying 3 day’s worth of food for 60 miles doesn’t sound particularly fun.  I searched on-line and asked around, but it seemed that no one had.  However, that must not be the case as the 3-Day has a great Special Meal Policy all organized and set up.  I am attaching the letter along with the menu the Twin Cities walk is having.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be putting meals/portions aside from our dinners, labeling them and freezing them.  I think I may try to stay (sort of) along the same menu as I pack, simply because I figure someone planned the menus so that we would be well fueled for the walk and they probably know better about that sort of thing then I do.  Sounds good to me!  Of course everything I bring will be gluten and dairy free versions of the meals.  And, if for some reason things get messed up and a meal is lost or contaminated?   Well, I am bringing extra GFCF power-type bars and there will be enough nuts, fruit and chips to make it until I can get a meal from my family (we live close enough to the walk).  I am not going to worry too much about it.  I am just going to enjoy the walk, the people I meet and the sea of pink.

I will be packing gluten and dairy free versions of the following:

2009 BREAST CANCER 3-DAY Event Menu

Friday – Day 1


* Chicken Breast and White Cheddar on a Whole Wheat Kaiser Bun with spinach, mushrooms (on side) & mayonnaise and mustard packets

* Vegetarian option: Black Bean Garden Burger on Whole Wheat Kaiser Bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion (on side) & mayonnaise and mustard packets

*Both served with apple, Baked Lays potato chips, and vienna finger cookie


* Meat or Meatless Meatballs

* Spaghetti Pasta with Marinara Sauce

* Capri Vegetable Blend

* Salad Bar

* Garlic Bread

* Assorted Brownies

Saturday – Day 2


* Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

* Bacon

* Roasted Hashbrown Potatoes

* Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey & Butter

* Hot Oatmeal & Toppings

* Cold Cereal, Pastries, Fruit & Yogurt

* Beverage Bar


* Sliced Chicken Caesar Wrap or Vegetarian Tofu Caesar Wrap with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing (on side) on a spinach wrap

*Both served with grapes, Sun chips, and oreo cookie


* Chicken or Vegan Cutlet Piccata

* Garden Vegetable Pilaf

* Steamed Broccoli Spears

* Parmesan Breadsticks

* Salad Bar

* Strawberry Cream Cake

Sunday – Day 3


* Cheese Blintzes with Strawberries

* Scrambled Eggs

* Sausage Links

* Roasted Hashbrown Potatoes

* Cream of Wheat

* Cold Cereal, Pastries, Fruit & Yogurt

* Beverage Bar


* Sliced Turkey with Provolone on 9-grain bread with lettuce, sliced bell peppers (on side), tomato and Ranch dressing packet

* Vegetarian option: Hummus on 9-grain bread with alfalfa sprouts and spinach

*Both served with celery or green apple, baked cheddar crackers, and Grandma’s oatmeal raisin cookie

I love this shirt:Pink Ribbon Cherry Jr. Ringer T-Shirt



All meals need to be pre-cooked, each placed in a sealable container with each container individually

labeled with the following information:

Participant’s name and credential number.

The date the meal will be served to them.

What meal it is (Friday lunch; Saturday dinner; Sunday breakfast; etc.)

All sealable containers must be packed in an ice chest that also is labeled with the participant’s name and

credential number.

Day One: Before Opening Ceremony and On-Site check-In ends, the participant is to bring the ice chest

containing ALL of their meals to the staff Medical Manager at the medical table at On-Site Check-In. The

staff Medical Manager will ensure that the meals are transferred to the caterer’s kitchen truck in camp

where they will be stored in the refrigerator for the duration of the event. The caterer can re-heat

breakfast and dinner meals only. Lunch must be a cold meal, as it will be served at the lunch pit stop.

All lunch meals for Day One (see more lunch instructions below) will be picked up from the Medical

Manager at the medical table by the Road Coach and transported by the Road Coach to the lunch site to

be stored in the lunch refrigerator truck.

Breakfast and Dinner Meals (These meals will be available during scheduled meal times only)

When the participant is ready to eat breakfast or dinner, they are to go to the caterer’s kitchen truck (in

camp) and give one of the catering staff their name and credential number. As soon as a catering person

is available, they will re-heat the meal. If it’s a very busy time the participant may have to wait a bit, but

they will get their meal.

Lunch Meals on Days Two and Three:

On Day Two and Day Three, the event caterer will make sure that all special lunch meals for each day

are transferred to the lunch refrigerator truck before it goes to the lunch pit stop. When they arrive at the

lunch pit stop and are ready to eat, the participant will give the lunch Staff Pit Coordinator their name and

credential number and pick up their lunch meal for that day (another reason why each meal needs to be

clearly labeled with the participant’s name and credential number). This is to ensure that they will get their

correct lunch.

Day Three: Before leaving camp in the morning, the participant must pick up their ice chest and all used

sealable food containers from the caterer’s kitchen truck (in camp) and deliver it along with their gear to

their assigned gear truck. The ice chest will be dropped at Closing Ceremonies in the gear retrieval area

along with the rest of the participant’s gear (another reason why the ice chest needs to be clearly labeled

with the participant’s name and credential number). If the participant fails to pick up their ice chest from

either the caterer’s kitchen truck (in camp) or from the gear retrieval area, it and all its contents will be

thrown away.

And this one:

Below is the training schedule for this past week:

Virtual Personal Trainer

Countdown: 2 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 4 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 45 minutes Moderate cross-training
Thursday 5 miles Moderate walking
Friday 45 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 10 miles Easy walking
Sunday 8 miles Easy walking

Menu Plan Monday (not really)- August 3, 2009

My menu plan isn’t getting up this week, but considering I haven’t gotten a menu posted for the past couple of weeks, I’m going to pretend like it is not a big deal!  I’m just going with the flow of the garden, meats from my freezer or on sale, and our schedule.  This means alot of stirfrys, grilling, dinner salads, dinner sandwiches and veggie omelettes for my family this time of year.  I hope everyone has been having a fun summer.  We have finally found time to wind down a bit.  Baseball, my older daughter’s soccer, orchestra, band, and camp are all done for the summer.  Whew!  Mini-kicker soccer has a couple of week’s left, but it is so laid back and fun, it’s not a big deal.

Last week the girl’s went to Ham Lake Baptist Camp.  My son attended 1st grade through 5th grade and my older daughter kindergarten though 5th grade. This was my little girls first year there.  It is a great little day camp.  If you are in the area, check it out for next year.  The campers bring their own lunches (great for the allergy kiddos) and there has always been a good option for us for snack time.  I can’t recommend this camp more.  We love it!

My hubby (1/2 marathon) and son (5K) ran the Urban Wildland this past weekend.

My husband is the guy in orange in the middle:


My son is the tall, shaggy blond blur on the left.  Woo!P1020217 (2)

I don’t have a good shot of my guys, but, look!  It’s our van!  (I don’t know who this guy is… just the van.)P1020212 (2)

Wait, there’s my son waaaaayy second to the left looking serious…DSC_0045

…and right in the center below the 5K start sign…IMG_3406

My son on the left looking like a crabby pants (I’m so proud).  You can tell he thinks running is just so fun!  (Just kidding, buddy – I’m sure you are focused on your running strategy… or something…)IMG_3411

Hubby by a guy letting everyone know he is “Sure.”IMG_3321

That guy is still airing out… man…IMG_3350

Hubby on the right.  Isn’t he cute?IMG_3356

How the boys did:

Husband on the 1/2 marathon: time: 1:54:48    pace: 8:46

Son on the 5K: time: 26:14    pace:   8:27

3-Day training for the week:

Virtual Personal Trainer

Countdown: 3 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 45 minutes Moderate cross-training
Thursday 6 miles Moderate walking
Friday 45 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 18 miles Easy walking
Sunday 8 miles Easy walking

No menu plan Monday, just the 3-day walk training schedule…

Virtual Personal Trainer

Countdown: 4 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 3 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 45 minutes Moderate cross-training
Thursday 6 miles Moderate walking
Friday 45 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 10 miles Easy walking
Sunday 8 miles Easy walking

No menu plan, just the 3-day walk training schedule…

Well, I think I need to embrace the fact that I may not be doing the 3-day walk…  4 people donating does not a walk make.  Sigh…  I am feeling a bit down about it.  However, maybe my efforts toward a garage sale will help.  We will see.

What I do know is that Elette Gamble who works at Lakewinds (the store where I hold my gluten and dairy free classes) is also planning on doing the 3-Day walk.  If I am not able to walk, maybe I can encourage some of you to donate to Elette’s fundraising.  She is celebrating her 5 years of Survival from breast cancer.  Please support her journey.  Thanks!

Virtual Personal Trainer

Countdown: 5 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 45 minutes Moderate cross-training
Thursday 6 miles Moderate walking
Friday 45 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 18 miles Easy walking
Sunday 15 miles Easy walking