Part 2 of the ABC’s of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Crew

Welcome to part two of the ABC’s of the Komen 3-Day Crew! Last week, we shared letters A,B,C,D, and E, and this week, we’re excited to present letters F through J. We invite you to tell us your ideas for each letter here or on Facebook, and to share these images with your family and friends. (To see the 3-Day walker version of the ABC’s, click here!)

Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk ABCs of the 3-Day Crew food serviceBack at the 3-Day camp, you’ll get to nosh on delicious hot meals for breakfast and dinner, and the folks who are piling the mac n’ cheese onto your plates are the incredible Food Service crew team. Among the first to rise in the morning and the last to retire at night, this team brings the comfort (foods) of home to the 3-Day camp experience.

See also: FUN! (You’ll have tons of it on the 3-Day.)

Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk ABCs of the 3-Day Crew grab and goA grab & go is a basically a mini pit stop. Just grab your water or sports drink (don’t worry, snacks will be at the next pit stop) and go. Unless you need to use the portable toilets – then you can stop (and go)!

See also: Gear & Tent

Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk ABCs of the 3-Day Crew hydrationDehydration is one of the most frequently treated medical issues on the 3-Day, and remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So drink your water, even if you feel like you don’t need it. There are entire crew teams dedicated to keeping your hydration supplies stocked (Route Hydration and Camp Hydration teams), and all of your friendly 3-Day crew members will remind you to drink up and drink often!

See also: Heat Index (The 3-Day staff and crew track the weather throughout the event, utilizing a heat/cold index to provide specific tips and additional resources for your comfort and safety on the event.)

Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk ABCs of the 3-Day Crew iceWhether it’s cooling down your sports drink or on bringing relief to your weary knees and ankles, you can never have enough ice on the 3-Day. Count on the Pit Stop Crews to always have some on hand.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk ABCs of the 3-Day Crew joyServing on the 3-Day Crew is no doubt a labor intensive task, but the joy you will get from helping others conquer an amazing goal is indescribable. You’ll also laugh and smile often with your other Crew mates, delighting in the very special way you’re contributing toward an event that will help end breast cancer forever.

What other words can you think of for these letters? Share with us here or on Facebook!

Challenge Accepted! How many of these 3-Day Fundraising Challenges have you tried?

Back in February, we started occasionally posting Fundraising Challenges on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Facebook and Twitter pages. These prompts are meant to give a little (or not-so-little) spark to your Komen 3-Day fundraising efforts from week to week, and get your own juices flowing for other creative fundraising strategies. SGK_3-Day_SocialMedia_FundraisingWeek_%23The3Day_v2

In case you missed any of the 3-Day® Fundraising Challenges, or want to revisit ones that worked well for you earlier, we’ve listed them all below. Happy fundraising!

  • CHALLENGE! Raise $100 by the end of the day. How will you do it? GO!
  • Let’s kick off the week with a #FundraisingChallenge! Today, your goal is to score donations from three different people. What’s your plan of attack?
  • Time for today’s #3DayFundraising Challenge! Share this post on your newsfeed, and challenge someone to be the first to make a donation in the amount of the time. For example: we’re posting this at 8:30 a.m. PST – we’d need someone to make an $8.30 donation. Report back with how you did!
  • Do you need a little help getting started with fundraising? We know that sometimes the first step is the hardest. We challenge you to share your fundraising link on Facebook today and ask for a donation, because we believe you can do this. #3DayFundraising
  • Today’s #3DayFundraising Challenge is in honor of Administrative Professional’s Day. Your challenge? Asking someone you work with for a donation. Let us know how you did!
  • Happy Birthday! To who, you ask? There has to be someone in your group of friends that will donate in honor of a special person’s May birthday. For today’s #Fundraising Challenge, ask for a donation in honor of a May birthday. Cake not included.
  • Today is 5/31. Can you score five $31 donations in honor of a memorable May? #The3Day
  • Take this allegedly unlucky day (Friday the 13th!) and turn it into a lucky one. Ask someone to make it your lucky day today with a 3-Day donation!
  • Today’s Fundraising Challenge? All about the weather! Ask for donations today to help you raise whatever the temperature is in your area. You might even have someone donate the whole amount!
  • Are you ready for today’s Fundraising Challenge? It’s $50 Friday, so ask your friends to support you with $50 donations. It’s a great time to remind them that they can split that $50 into payments (up to 4) if they’d like. Go post it now, then come back later to tell us how you did!
  • It’s Thirty Thursday! No, we didn’t make a typo, we meant to say Thirty! Today, your fundraising challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to ask for three $30 donations. Do it, and report back!

Got a suggestion for a Fundraising Challenge that we could throw out to the 3-Day community? Tell us in comments!

 

Oh, and while you’re all revved up about fundraising, you can revisit our other fundraising blog posts by clicking here, and see loads of pinned ideas on our Creative Fundraising Pinterest board here.

 

 

Blister Prevention Advice for 3-Day Walkers

Walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® can take a toll on you physically, and the most commonly affected body part is sure to be your feet. Blisters are one of the most frequently treated medical issues on the Komen 3-Day, and a bad blister (or two, or ten…) can sideline an otherwise healthy walker.

The good news is you don’t have to resign yourself to living with blisters. There are steps you can take to stop a blister before it starts and further actions you can take to deal with a blister if you do get one.susan g. komen 3-Day walk breast cancer blog blister prevention tips

What is a blister? – The type of blisters that most 3-Day® walkers experience are friction blisters (as opposed to, say, a blister from a burn or an insect bite). When part of your foot rubs up against something—your sock or shoe or another body part, such as toes rubbing against toes—repeatedly, the top layer of skin will separate from the underlying layer. The separation will fill with fluid, causing a painful blister.

Stay Dry – Moisture can exacerbate the friction that causes blisters, so it’s important to keep your feet as dry as possible. If you’re prone to excessive sweating, consider using foot powder to minimize the moisture. It’s also a good idea to change your socks midway through a long walk (calculate the halfway point of a 10+ mile training walk and stop there, or swap socks at the lunch stop on the 3-Day).susan g. komen 3-Day walk breast cancer blog blister prevention tips

Socks – Speaking of socks, choosing the right ones can mean the difference between blister-free tootsies and a painful walk. Stay away from 100% cotton socks and opt instead for socks made with some sort of moisture-wicking material (look for names like Coolmax® or Dri-Fit on the packaging), which will draw moisture away from your skin. Also, make sure your socks fit snugly and don’t bunch up inside your shoes or around your toes; folds in fabric are a common cause of friction blisters.susan g. komen 3-Day walk breast cancer blog blister prevention tips

Shoes – Good shoes might well be the most important gear for 3-Day walkers, so take the time to get yourself fitted with shoes that are right for your feet. We recommend that you buy shoes from an outfitter who is knowledgeable about athletic footwear, as they will be able to see how you walk and put you in shoes that are right for your particular stride. Consider shopping at a store that specializes in running/walking shoes, as opposed to a “big box” sporting goods store. Taking the time to find the right shoes could ultimately make the difference in whether you get blisters or not.

Preventive Treatments – Aside from the foot powder mentioned above, there are other pre-walk treatments you can apply to prevent blisters before they start. I’ve had great success with the “foot lube” method. Lubricating products such as SportSlick™, HikeGoo BodyGlide® or even regular old petroleum jelly can be applied directly to the skin; slab it on your heels, the balls of your feet, between all your toes and anywhere else that’s prone to friction on your own feet. Put your clean, dry socks on over your gelled-up feet, and you’re good to go (and of course, you’ll repeat the process when you change your socks at the halfway point of your walk). You’ll feel like you’re walking through Jell-O for the first few steps, but before long you won’t even notice it. Meanwhile, the lubricant will keep a slick layer between your skin and your socks, never letting enough friction build up to form a blister. I’ve been using this method for over 10 years and have not gotten a single blister in that time.susan g. komen 3-Day walk breast cancer blog blister prevention tips

Ouch! – What if, in spite of your best prevention efforts, you still find yourself feeling pain in a particular spot on your foot? We use the term “hot spot” to define these pre-blister points, because it will literally feel like a little area of localized heat or irritation on your skin. This is not a full-blown blister yet, so as soon as you start to feel a hot spot coming on, stop walking and treat it by applying more powder or lubricant, or bandaging the spot to protect it from further friction. Many walkers prefer bandaging products like moleskin or molefoam over other adhesive bandages, but as with all of your 3-Day gear and products, you should try them out during your months of training to discover what works best for you personally.susan g. komen 3-Day walk breast cancer blog blister prevention tips

 

You can find more information about blister care and prevention and blister treatment can be found in your 3-Day Participant Center.