Making the Most of the 3-Day Training Apps

Day 1 of the Susan G. Komen 3day walk in Novi, Michigan on August 4, 2017.

Walking 60 miles is no small feat, and it certainly takes training! Everyone prepares in different ways, but one easy way to start and track your training is with our 3-Day training apps. With training plans for both 24 and 16 weeks out from each of our 2018 3-Days, the apps make it simple to get 60-mile ready!

The features of the 3-Day App include:

  • Weekly training tips
  • Daily mileage goals
  • Track your distance and pace with each workout, with built-in GPS*
  • See your walk on a map
  • Select your own music and skip tracks without leaving the app
  • And more!

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If you haven’t started using it yet, now is the time! All you have to do is open the Apple App Store to buy and download apps. Search for “Susan G. Komen 3-Day” and choose the 24-week or 16-week version of the app. Follow on-screen instructions, and for just $2.99 the app will be all yours to explore and use!

Have any more questions? We have answers!

How do I see my mileage goal for the day?

Tap the “Walk” icon, then scroll left or right to select the day (i.e., Week 22, Day 5) to view the mileage goal for the day.

To mark your walk complete, all you have to do is tap the “Walk” icon again, then scroll left or right to select the day (i.e., Week 22, Day 5). Double tap the day to mark the mileage goal for the day as complete. Great job!

How do I see my weekly training tips?

Tap the “Walk” icon, then scroll left or right to select the day (EX: Week 22, Day 5) and tap the “Tips” button to see the walking tip for that day. They’re a great way to stay motivated and excited as your training kicks into high gear!

Day 1 of the Susan G. Komen 3day walk in Novi, Michigan on August 4, 2017.

How do I track the distance and pace of my walk?

Tap the “Walk” icon, then scroll left or right to select the day (EX: Week 22, Day 5). Once you’ve selected the day and mileage you’d like to walk, tap “GO!” A countdown will begin. If you’ve selected a specific playlist, music will also start playing then to get you in the walking mood. As you walk, your distance and pace will be calculated. This will help you make sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard, and to see how your pace changes throughout your walk.

How do I share my workouts on social media?

To share workout information on Facebook and/or Twitter, tap the “Settings” icon from the main page, then tap “Sharing.” You’ll get to choose options for what platform you want to share on! If you’re part of our 3-Day Social Stars community, don’t forget to use #3daysocialstars and #sponsored when you share to earn points for the month!

How do I select which music to play while I’m walking with the app?

Great tunes help a walk go by quicker and easier! Just tap the “Settings” icon, then “Music.” You can choose from playlists, shuffle songs and other options to be the soundtrack to your training. Then, tap “Music” on the main screen, and choose which playlist you’d like to hear during your walk.

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What do I do if I start using the app after the training program has already begun for my 3-Day?

Don’t worry! You can advance to the current weekly training schedule by tapping “Choose Event” from the home screen and then “Walk.” A question will pop up, asking you if you want to catch up. Just choose that, and get walking!

How do I see stretching tips?

Yes, we even have these on the app too! From the Home screen, tap “Walk.” Next to the “Go” button, tap “Stretch.” You should know that the stretching program is a supplementary program available in the app store for a $1.99 additional fee. But, it’s worth it to keep your muscles fresh and loose!

Download the app in the Apple App Store now! Then, share your progress with us on social media. Good luck!

Note: Please keep in mind that the app is only available in the Apple App Store, not available for Android phones. If you don’t have an iPhone, or don’t want to purchase the app, you can find your 24-week or 16-week suggested training program at The3Day.org/Training.

Make the Most of Indoor Training

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As winter really picks up steam, and snow covers many parts of the country, it’s indoor training time for a lot of our 3-Dayers. After a few of you reached out on social media, asking for tips and inspiration to keep up with your training, even in colder temperatures. We are here to deliver! If you’re having trouble keeping up with your training goals indoors, we have some simple tricks to keep you on target.

Stay Motivated

We’ve talked to our coaches about their New Year’s Resolutions, but what are yours? We all know goal setting is important to organize your scheduled and keep up with your training plan, but they can also help you stay motivated! Give yourself weekly and monthly training goals, and pre-determine a reward for yourself.  If you need a little spa time, book a massage when you hit your goal of miles for the week. If you love shopping, buy yourself something nice when you get to the gym! Whatever it is, do something nice for yourself to help you stay motivated.

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Find What Gets You Going

Do you need to create a pump-up playlist? Let your favorite tunes motivate you. Do you like to get engrossed in a good story? Download a podcast. Have a TV show you want to binge watch? Bring your tablet or iPad to the gym and watch on the treadmill. Need a little time with your friends? Schedule a group work out with all your favorite people. Find what gets you moving and grooving, and use that to motivate your work outs.

Divide and Conquer

Tackle your mileage goal for the day in a few spurts. It will make the steps go quicker and let you conquer the other parts of your day with ease. Plus, if you’re walking long distances on a treadmill, it can get monotonous! So, instead of trying to walk 15 miles in a row, break it up throughout the day. Do an early morning gym visit and walk half of your goal, then head to the gym after work. You’ll get the same number of steps, but in a more manageable fashion.

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Spice It Up

We love our training walks, and getting to spend time with all of you as a 3-Day family. However, if the weather isn’t warm enough in your hometown, you might not be able to swing a long walk outside. How about walking laps around the local mall instead? Or, mix it up and get your cardio some other way! From spin class to group cardio and barre work outs, there are plenty of ways to get your heart pumping inside this season.

How do you get your steps in during the winter? What’s your favorite indoor work out? Tell us in the comments! It might just inspire your fellow walkers…

3-Day Warm Weather Training Tips: Beat the Heat!

Summer is officially here at last, and the heat has been turned up across the country. That means you need to be even more careful on your training walks, especially as you work towards longer and longer training sessions. We want to keep all our 3-Dayers safe and sound through training, the 60 miles of your event, and beyond! With that in mind, here are some tips to use during your summer training walks.

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Dress appropriately

Swap your pants for shorts, switch your sweatshirt for a tee, and wear light-colored clothing.  Dark colors like black absorb the heat, which can make you feel even hotter. Also, choose lightweight, sweat-wicking clothing, and shy away from tighter styles. By keeping it loose and light, more air will be able to circulate over your skin, keeping you cool. Look for high-tech fabrics (not cotton) that pull sweat away from your body and help it evaporate more quickly.

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Stretch it out

Get your muscles warm before your body really heats up! Stretching before your walks will help to deter muscle cramps and tiredness, especially during long walks. Don’t forget to stretch after you walk as well! Take off your shoes and stretch in the grass with your team or walking buddy. It gives you a few more minutes to enjoy the weather, and helps you stay loose. When you’re walking on the 3-Day, we encourage you to stretch at every stop light. Don’t worry – our crew and handy signs will remind you!

Bring water

Drinking water during the summer is a careful balance. You want to be sure not to get dehydrated, and drink plenty of water, but you need to supplement your water with salty snacks or sports drinks in order to avoid a problem called hyponatremia, which stems from low blood sodium. So, stay away from sugary sodas, and stick to drinking water and sports drink during and after exercise and other physical activities.

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Snack often

Be sure to fuel your body with a good mix of protein, carbohydrate, salts, and fats. Trail mix is a great portable and heat-safe (as long as it doesn’t have chocolate chips!) option. Or, plan your walk with a mid-way stop for a snack or lunch.

 

Time your work out to avoid peak heat

This is especially important for longer walks where you will be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Schedule your walks for the early morning or after the sun begins setting to stave off sunburn as well as excess tiredness. Above all, avoid the height of the day (noon to 3 pm) when the sun is hottest.

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Protect your skin

SPF is a no brainer during the summer, but you can also protect yourself with hats and sunglasses, and shirts that have built-in SPF. Also, seek shade at intermittent times throughout your walks to give your skin a break from the sun.

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Work your way up to longer work outs

You have probably already been doing this with group, team or solo training walks. It becomes even more important in the heat though! If you have a long walk scheduled, make sure to schedule it for later in the week, then do shorter walks in the days leading up to it. On the big day, grab a buddy to keep you motivated for your long walk!

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Know your body

Above all, watch out for any weakness, light-headedness or dizziness. You should also keep an eye out for paling of the skin (especially after being out in the sun), headaches and any nausea. If anything feels off, cut your training short or skip your walk that day just to be safe. It’s great to work towards new goals, but you never want to overdo it. Be safe out there!

REMINDER: The health, safety and training information contained in this blog post, or otherwise provided to you in connection with your participation in the 3-Day, is not intended to replace or be construed as medical advice and any such information is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from your medical provider. Before starting any exercise, program or following any recommendations, advice or other instructions regarding training for the 3-Day or any athletic event, you should first consult a physician and have a physical examination.