Learn from 3-Dayer Catherine Stoch: Commit to the 3-Day in 2019

“To make a difference for someone else. To dispel the myths. For research. For screening. For treatment. To educate people about what Komen does for women, and men. That’s why I walk.”

Why do you walk? Everyone has a reason. This year, we are asking you to find your reason, and commit to the 3-Day. Commit to walking 60 miles in the fight against breast cancer. Commit to joining 3-Dayers like Catherine Stoch, one of our Twin Cities 3-Day survivor speakers in 2018. Commit. You won’t regret it!

Take it from Catherine. She has been walking for a decade, two of those years as a breast cancer survivor, and she’s not stopping anytime soon. In fact, she’s already signed up to join us again on the Twin Cities 3-Day in 2019!

Tell us about your 2018 journey…

Last year was full of a lot of things, like getting body parts removed to prevent cancer’s spread, lots of recovery, and reconstruction. And during ALL of this, I was completely, 100% supported by an incredible team of friends, family, medical professionals, good insurance coverage and my husband who has been by my side every step. And I know not every woman’s story is like this. That’s why I walk.

The net proceeds raised by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day help Susan G. Komen® build a world free of breast cancer through research, community, care and action. The funds raised have helped Komen‘s mission to save lives from breast cancer, by investing more than $956 million in breakthrough research and more than $2.1 billion to support people and communities most at risk through programs to provide access to screening, treatment assistance, patient navigation and education. How could I NOT walk?

What would you say to someone who is nervous about joining the 3-Day?

I was VERY nervous too, at first. Walking 60 miles and raising $2,300 is a big commitment, but as a friend of mine—who joined me as a first-time walker in 2018 shared, “You pushed me to do more than I thought I could.” I think that is what I have learned over the years of walking this—that you can do more than you think.

What are your top training tips for first-time 3-Dayers?

  1. FOLLOW the training regimen and take it seriously. If you are a runner, you may think, “Yah, I run.” But training your feet for waking, especially a long walk, is different. And another tip: buy your shoes ½ size larger than you usually wear. This was critically important to keeping my feet in much better shape. And…don’t wear NEW shoes on the walk. Your feet will suffer.
  2. Drink more water than you think you should. Over five walks, I’ve seen people be way too casual about it, and run into serious problems. Dehydration is COMPLETELY preventable on the 3-Day.
  3. Walk in all kinds of weather. You never know. I trained in heat, humidity, rain, and because I live in Minnesota, I did train in snow. Then you will be ready for whatever weather comes your way. It’s a long walk, and thorough preparation will get you ready both mentally and physically for the elements.

Komen has a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. Why is this goal so important?

On a larger scale, women’s overall health is important to me, and all my life, women’s health has been under fire, with too much interference, and not for the better. Fewer women dying from breast cancer means more healthier women globally. And there’s still such a cultural stigma about breasts, just saying the word in 2018 still makes too many people squirm. By continuing to call out breast cancer deaths raises awareness that women (and men) still DIE from this. Totally unnecessary.

What are some of your personal goals for the New Year?

Be mindful of my good health and do my best to not just take up air space on the planet, but use my time, energy and talents well. A hero of mine is John Muir, who was exceptionally passionate about the natural world stated, in part: “Most people are on the world, not in it.” I want to remain very IN, and given I have a new job in the health care sector, it’s incredibly exciting for me to utilize my job-related skills as a grant writer to promote healthy living for ALL!

 

What are YOUR goals for the New Year? Have you already committed to walking the 3-Day in 2019? Tell us your story in the comments!

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Your 3-Day Coaches’ 2019 Goals

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Happy 2019! As we start this New Year, it’s the perfect time to set your goals and plans for 2019. Whether yours are personal or professional, for this month or more long-term, setting goals help you make the most of your year. If you haven’t yet, it’s also the perfect time to commit to 60-miles and join our 3-Day family!

In the meantime, take inspiration from your 3-Day coaches as you set your own 2019 resolutions…

Coach Gina

One of my goals for 2019 is to slow down, breathe more and keep practicing self-care. I want to make sure the moments don’t slip by, as the small moments (like the ones with my family!) can end up being the most important ones.

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Coach Kiki

But I try to create new habits/actions/behaviors throughout the year. This year, I’m hoping to incorporate yoga and meditation into my weekly health routine. I also plan to hydrate more often when on-event, as well as remember to reapply sunscreen (see above)!

Coach Staci

I’m going to start running again! And I have an epic trip to Alaska planned for 2019! We’ll do DeNali National Park and other day trips out of Anchorage followed by a 7-day cruise down the coast to Vancouver.

For the 3-Day, I want to make 2019 San Diego 3-Day even bigger and better than ever! I hope to help more walkers and crew experience the life-changing journey and leave their mark on the world!

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Coach Gayla

Since I’m registered to walk the New England 3-Day in 2019, my resolution is to attend a different training walk every week. I challenge every Texas training walk leader to surprise me with creative areas because I’m willing to travel. Be on the lookout for the training walks I will post, too!

Coach Heather

2018 was a year of MAJOR life changes for me. In 2019, I am hoping to focus on “me,” as selfish as that can sound. Self-care is important, and in order for 2019.

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Coach Tisho

For 2019 my chosen word is “focus.” It’s going to be an exciting year with our New England event coming back and more awesome changes ahead, so I want to really be able to focus on the moment I’m in and not get too caught up in all the other moving parts of life.

Coach Stephanie

I’m hoping to get out and volunteer more!

Coach Jennifer

I want to help more people LOVE their experience on the 3-Day journey and raise as much money as we can in the fight to end breast cancer.

Personally, I’d like to learn to play my guitar like Sheryl Crow and grow more yummy things in my garden 🙂

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Coach Amy

For 2019, a quote that will inspire me to keep sprinkling my love is:

“Breathe love.

Be Love.

Give Love.

Do Love.”

How will you spread love in 2019? What else are you committing to for 2019? Tell us in the comments! Then, commit to joining us on this amazing 60-mile journey in 2019. We can’t wait to have you in our 3-Day family!

Coaches’ Corner: New Year’s Resolution Check-In

January is over, and we are one month into the New Year. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? Sometimes it takes a few tries for a new habit to stick, or to reach a big goal, but that’s okay! Trying is important too, and when you can check a resolution off your list, you’ll feel even prouder if it’s something you really worked for.

We asked some of our coaches what they wanted to accomplish this year, and how they are putting in the work. Read below to see what some of them want to accomplish in 2018… and give them some encouragement! Then, add your own resolutions below in the comments…

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Stephanie Mayer – Programs & Local Events Coach, Twin Cities and Atlanta (middle)

Read more.

I would like to dive into the book series “Me Before You,” “Me After You” and “Still Me.”

I do enjoy reading but sadly I have let life get in the way. I need to take more time to “unplug” and unwind with a good book even if it’s just a few pages a night!

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Amy Schwager — Crew and Volunteer Coordinator, San Diego (at right)

Our team each decided to choose one word to guide us this year, personally or professional.

I cheated a little, and chose two: “Love Better.”

If I love better, then my marriage, my children, family, friendships, crew program, community, body, mind, and spirit will all benefit and be better.

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Staci Roos — Fundraising and Support Coach, San Diego

Live more purposefully!

I have focused on trying to make choices and plan ahead to accomplish the things I know I want in life.

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Heather Snyder — Programs and Local Events Coach, Michigan and Philadelphia

Mine is to take better care of myself — physically and mentally.

I’m knocking the physical part out of the park! I’m loving going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week, but I’m still working on the mental part.

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Marianne Masterson —Programs and Local Events Coach, San Diego

I used to read ALL the time. Then Facebook on my phone happened. A few months ago, I realized that I’m spending my time in the evening scrolling through Facebook instead of reading books. As a result, reading has become almost non-existent in my life, which makes me sad because it’s one of my most favorite things to do.

So, this year I have resolved to read more. One book down so far for this new year, hoping that many more are to follow!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Comment below, and share them with us!