Why Does the 3 Day Matter?

This post is sponsored, I participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® - all opinions are my own.
 Go from 0 to 60 miles in three days – and see how much it changes you.
Four days prior to Day One of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® I posted on Facebook
“If you or someone you know has had breast cancer or lost their battle with breast cancer - please leave their name in the comments or message me. Thanks! Xoxo”

Let me tell you that was the moment I knew that I had made the right decision about being part of the 3-Day. I couldn’t even believe how many people had to go through something so horrific. From my friends who lost their mother to the ones that fought for their lives and everything in between it really touched home with me. For those of you that do not know my grandma is a breast cancer survivor and I lost three great great aunts and one great aunt to breast cancer – so participating in something this amazing really gave me feelings I cannot even explain.

During the walk I met so many amazing people from the ones going through treatment and survivors to the broken hearted who lost a loved one, and so many more. If you want to participate in something that will completely touch your heart you still have a chance! 

Did you know that every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world a case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman, and every 60 seconds…. Yes every single minute of every single day somewhere in the world someone dies of breast cancer! Now is your chance to help make a change, here are some notable facts regarding how Susan G. Komen®  is making a difference:

1. Susan G. Komen® has invested more than $166 million in funding for over 400 research grants and more than 40 clinical trials focused on metastatic disease.

2.  Over the past 12 years, Komen has invested an average of more than 80 cents of every dollar directly into research, community-based health programs, education and advocacy programs to support its mission to
save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. (How AMAZING is that!)

On any given day, nearly 600 women receive a free screening mammogram made possible by a Susan G. Komen® community grant.

4. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in women.

5. The Komen Breast Care Helpline offers free breast cancer support and counseling to anyone with questions or concerns: 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or 
helpline@komen.org. ( This is a great resource, and will give you the support you deserve in a time of need).

 The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is going to be in Seattle (on my list of a place I want to participate I heard it’s absolutely AMAZING), Atlanta, Dallas Fort Worth and San Diego (where the party ends and doesn’t quit). Use code “ERICA10” to receive $10 off your registration.

Worried about getting fundraising? Here is a HUGE tip I learned while at the 3-Day – LOTS of companies will match your fundraising proceeds making it even easier to reach your raising goal. The best way is to reach out to people you know at various companies, write a formal letter that they can give to the manager of the company. Also, you do not want to outright ask for a donation – you want to ask from them to MATCH what you have fundraised, you’ll have better luck getting money for the cause this way.

All Aboard, the Detroit Princess

All aboard, the Detroit Princess! This is one experience you do not want to miss, and as a Detroiter I am not entirely sure why it took me so long to visit the Princess. The Detroit Princess sits along the gorgeous Detroit Riverfront between COBO and the RENCEN. Two weekends ago I took the sunset cruise, and let me tell you it definitely did not disappoint. The evening started with a delicious buffet style dinner featuring prime rib, twice baked potatoes, pasta, salad, chicken and more. No joke the meal was amazing. After eating, we hit the decks to check out the rest of the boat and the view – oh Detroit you look absolutely stunning from the river. If you take a trip on the Princess don’t forget to look to the Canadian side for some seriously gorgeous house envy, and beautiful waterfall. The Detroit Princess is the perfect place to host events, hang with girlfriends, go out on a date and more.

The Detroit Princess is sure to give you a night you'll never want to forget.

Jack is 5!

I am not really sure how this happened, but Jack just turned 5. YES! FIVE!! I cannot even believe that he is already 5 – I still remember the day this little cutie completely stole my heart.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Michigan Takeaways

                                                                      This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and photos and my own.
I recently took part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Michigan, and let me begin by saying the experience was so much more than I thought it would be. In just three days you will walk 60 miles, meet so many different people from all over, hear a variety of stories, and make lasting friendships. For those of you thinking about participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® I highly recommend it – yes it’s hard, but you have no idea what you are capable of until you put your body to the test for such an amazing cause.  Here are some of my tips that will help you survive the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®.

1. Honestly, this is not a beauty pageant - you'll be walking a TON of miles and you'll want to be comfortable. To see what I wore check out my 3-Day gear here.

2. Bring sunglasses, and a hat.

3. Shoes should be a half size bigger.  This is super important – basically you’re feet are going to swell up, and you’ll be so thankful to have that extra wiggle room!

4. Hydrate!! I cannot stress this enough, I heard horror stories of people getting dehydrated, UTIs and more – so keep yourself hydrated. One of the medical crew member told me that if I am not using the bathroom at EVERY pit stop I am not properly hydrating myself. Pit stops are about every 3 miles or a little over.

5. Gatorade. While this falls under hydrating I thought I would give some tips with it – I watered my Gatorade down and was drinking it every other pit.

6. Sun Block. You definitely don’t want to get burnt.

7. Take part in training walks. They’re a great way to meet others who will be going through the journey, as well as help you prepare. You may think 20 miles a day is no big deal, in reality it is a big deal and properly training makes a huge difference in your experience.  I also highly recommend cross-training and not just walking, for me biking really helped me strengthen my legs. Also yoga is GREAT for learning some amazing stretches. 24 Week Training Plan or 16 Week Training Plan.

8. Go at your own speed. It’s not a race so go at your own pace.

9. Sweep. I didn’t sweep, however it’s okay if you need to – listen to your body and sweep when it’s necessary. People drive around in decorated vans along the route, if you can’t do it anymore, need a break etc they’re there to sweep you up.

10. Find buddies to walk with.  I joined this walk as a “solo walker”, but in all honesty you’re only alone if you want to be.  Before and after opening ceremony you can meet fellow solo walkers at the solo walker flag – easy way to get walking buddies! You can also start walking and see who is in your pace, talk to people everyone wants to talk to you and hear what you have to say.
After lunch on day one I met two amazing girls who had met each other in another city as solo walkers – we’re now all 3-Day besties and I can honestly say I would not of made it through day two without them. 

The girls I met have done a few walks before, this was my first and Day two was brutal for all three of us. My pace got increasingly slower, the blisters were kicking in, they were getting heat rash, but we POWERED each other through it, and really became each others cheerleaders to get back to camp (where we used the massage chairs for 45 minutes haha). My 3-Day besties and I are discussing doing the 3-Day in Philly next year, as well as meeting up for races in other states. One girl is from Denver and I will be heading out there Memorial weekend to do Bolder Boulder with her, so you definitely can create ever lasting friendships.
11. DO NOT get a pedicure before the event. I highly recommend allowing your calluses to build up for 3-4 months before the event; it’ll help reduce the amount of blisters you get.

12. Blisters. Don’t wait for a blister to popup – if you feel a hot spot use moleskin right away to prevent it.

13. NO new shoes. Make sure your shoes are worn in.  I brought two pairs of shoes one of my pairs was Mizuno (size 7.5) and the other was Saloman (size 7.5). I never wore my Mizuno’s as the Saloman’s were super comfortable for me (they’re my favorite to run in). I wear a 6.5/7 shoe so I definitely made sure to size up!
14. Try the Graham Slams! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiched between two thick graham crackers…. Sooooooooo gooooood!!!
15. Bring external battery chargers – you will have limited access to charging your phone.

16. Keep your phone in airplane mode to preserve battery.

17. Stretch BEFORE walking and anytime you have to stop at a crosswalk. Curb stretches are great and I would highly recommend learning some simple yoga poses that will help keep your body loose.

18. The mac and cheese at dinner is so good – make sure you get some!

19. Seamless socks – not having a seam rubbing against your toes makes a big difference and may even help preserve toenails.
20. Flip flop. They’re great for walking around camp, but you will also want them on day three at closing ceremony (you hold a shoe in the air).

21. Believe in yourself! You and your body are capable of amazing things, you can do it! While walking Day 2 (remember this day was brutal for me), I met Karrie – who is a breast cancer survivor, recently lost her BFF to breast cancer and recently found out she has cancer again (not breast – I just don’t want to get personal about her condition) – I broke down talking to her. We walked about 7 miles with her and I really appreciated every minute with her. Day three she saw me and came up to me and gave me a huge hug – so you truly never know who you will meet and what kind of impact the experience will make. 
You can still sign up for Atlanta, Seattle (I heard AMAZING things about this walk), Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego (last walk and I heard it’s a crazy fun party along the OCEAN – yes please!!). Use ERICA10 to get $10 off your registration!!

Overall experience:
Opening Ceremony: Bring tissues; you’ll need them because the water works will fly. Very emotional. The stories you will hear, and people you will meet will just leave you completely speechless.

After the walk: Use the massage chairs, trust me they’re AMAZING and will make you feel so good. The trail mix bar was so neat, and definitely wish it would have been there day 2 and not just day 1.

Closing Ceremony:  When the survivor’s walk out you will cry, it’s emotional and will pull on your heartstrings. There were people that I saw repeatedly and talked to throughout the journey so when I saw them walk into the survivor circle a strong emotion came over me.

If you decide to do Michigan next year you will definitely see me crewing!!!

Michigan End of Summer List

Wait, it’s already August 1st? How did this happen? I feel like summer just started, and now it’s winding down. There are so many things I still want to do this summer, and in an effort to accomplish everything I decided to make a Michigan adventure check list. Okay Michiganders here’s 15 things that are on my list - what’s on your list for the remainder of the summer?
1. Indulge in superman ice cream
2. Have a bonfire on the beach
3. Attend a Tigers baseball game
4. Go to a drive-in movie (thinking about the Cherry Bowl)
5. Visit Eastern Market
6. Check out a waterfall
7. Take a trip to Leland
8. Discover a new (to me) bike trail
9. Hike Bald Mountain Recreation Area
10. Give Kayaking a try (Turnip Rock I’m looking at you)
11. Ride the dunes at Silver Lake
12. Visit a State Park I have never been to
13. SUP
14. Walk along the River Front
15. Go to a baseball game at Jimmy John’s Field