The Route
The route is well marked with arrows and instructional signage; simply follow the signs and the walkers in front of you! Here’s a general description of what you will experience along the way:

On Day One, after exiting Cow Palace you will make your way through Daly City on the way to the coast into San Francisco. After a brief walk around Lake Merced, the route will head north into the Sunset area and eventually up to and through the heart of Golden Gate Park. Upon leaving the park you will head north through some of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighborhoods including Pacific Heights. The route continues north and ends for the day along the water at camp.

You will begin Saturday’s journey by heading uphill to the famous Golden Gate Bridge. After crossing the two mile span, you will head down to the famous Fort Baker. The route continues high above the water into Sausalito and into the picturesque downtown area. Then you will head north on the San Francisco Bay trail into artsy Mill Valley. After passing through the heart of downtown Mill Valley you will return to the Bay Trail to head south after lunch. The route will pass through the lovely Sausalito before returning to Fort Baker and heading back over the Golden Gate Bridge to camp.

The final day of the journey will travel to the heart of San Francisco. The day begins along the water and onto famous Lombard St. A brief walk uphill will show off amazing views of the city skyline. Then you will head back down into Golden Gate Park and get a chance to visit the famous Haight-Ashbury area. After lunch, head east towards City Hall and the War Memorial. You will pass through the famous shopping district of San Francisco before experiencing Chinatown and Little Italy. The last few miles of the route show off several of the city’s iconic monuments before heading into Fort Mason for the Closing Ceremony.

So let’s get updated
The last few weeks have flown by! I’ve been sticking to the training schedule and following it to the letter. The trainers have enough experience to know what works so I’m going by the book!!
We are now down to 11 days until the event! We had another 18 mile walk over the weekend. I am so pleased to report that I felt fabulous after we were done. Sweaty & hot & a bit tired but still I had no new blisters and no sore muscles!! Yea me! We did a team walk so almost all of our members were there and we walked a ton of hills. Hopefully we’re prepared!
I did the 8 mile walk also, which now seems like nothing. I call that an easy walk now. In fact, for the next week we are taking it easy.
Tomorrow I have to do a 4 mile walk, Wed. is a 45 min cross training, Thurs. is a 5 mile walk, Fri. is a 45 min cross training. This weekend we have a 10 mile / 8 mile scheduled. Several of the team members are getting together to walk the hills again!
Then it will be the week of the event. On Tues. I have to do a 5 mile walk, Wed. I have to do 30 min cross training and that’s it until Sept 5-7 when we do the BIG WALK!!

by Desiree Stanley on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 @ 10:53 PM CT 


We survived
So over the last weekend we had to do the 18 mile/15 mile back-to-back walk… and WE SURVIVED. Not only did I survive, I actually feel pretty good today. Surprisingly. I think after we finished on Sunday we were all fairly wiped out. But I’m not at all sore today or having problems with my feet. Hoorah!!
This weekend we get a bit of a break. It’s only set for a 10 mile/8 mile back-to-back. HA! I know, I said it was an easy weekend. But when you’ve walked 18 miles, then 8 miles is a piece of cake.
Gotta go pack my bag for tomorrow’s 5 mile walk. I’m walking Pumpkin to school and then going to the office.

by Desiree Stanley on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 @ 12:17 AM CT

It’s the final countdown
And I’m not referring to the rock song by Europe… nope I’m talking about the last 30days before the Breast Cancer 3Day walk!!!!!
I am so ready!! I’ve been training since I signed up for the event in March! Boy am I ever glad that I’ve been training that long.
This weekend we have an 18 mile & 15 mile walk scheduled! Not for the same day, thankfully, but for Sat & Sun.
We completed 17 mile & 13 mile walks a couple weekends ago and then had it EASY last weekend with only a 10 mile & 6 mile. I know! I said it was easy. Who could have ever predicted at the beginning of this journey that I would say that was easy?
Thank you again to all my AWESOME family, friends, and business associates who have so generously donated to support me & this great cause!

by Desiree Stanley on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 @ 4:28 PM CT 


It’s been awhile…
since I’ve updated ya’ll on my training. It’s going swimmingly. I am just a wee bit sore from this weekend’s walking. 17 miles on Sat. & 13 miles on Sun. And we did lots of hills. Great prep for the 3Day but painful at the moment.
Speaking of the 3Day… it’s in 39 days. That’s just barely over 1 month away. WOW.
No missing any training walks from now on. Not that I’ve missed that many but a couple weekend trips and a couple vacation trips have conspired to make me miss a few weeks. At this point we are really doing some long walks and I won’t be missing a single one.
Oh, and I have blisters the size of dinner plates on both of my feet! Just so you know.

by Desiree Stanley on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 @ 4:41 PM CT 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t say it enough! Thank you to all my wonderful family, friends, and business associates who have so generously donated in support of me & this tremendous organization to find a cure for breast cancer.
Thank you!

by Desiree Stanley on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 @ 4:34 PM CT 


Allllrighty then
Lets get caught up, shall we?!
I’ve been training my arse off for the last few weeks! As you would know if you’ve read all my posts. Anywhooo, last weekend I did a 14 mile walk that included our hill & a 10 mile walk that didn’t include our hill because I was trying to recover from walking up & down the hill 4 times.
Monday I rested, because the schedule told me to & because I needed it.
Tuesday I had to walk at the gym due to the monstrous amounts of smoke, smog, and heat (over 100 degrees for the last 4 days – in case you were wondering).
Wednesday I did 30 minutes of cross training on the elliptical machine.
And today I walked on the treadmill at the gym again (see Tues. for explanation)
Tomorrow I have to do 45 minutes of cross training.
Saturday is gonna be FUN! I have a 15 mile walk to do. But, it’s a team walk!! So it should be bearable. We plan on doing 3 – 5 mile loops on/around/over a bunch of hills.
Sunday I have to walk 11 miles. This should be interesting given we are hosting a poker game at our house on Sat. night. No drinking for me… for a number of reasons including the need to get up & out of the house before it gets too hot!
That’s it for now.

by Desiree Stanley on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 @ 4:54 PM CT 


I forgot
to tell you all about last weekend’s walk. I did the 12 miles on Sat. and broke it up into two 6 mile segments. Stacey walked the second 6 miles with me. Yes, we walked my hill. The going down part was REALLY easy. The coming up part was HELL!!! Especially when it’s 9,000 degrees, which it was last Sat. We left my house for the second leg at 9:15am. By the time we got back to the hill it was 11:00am. This is great for timing but it was so bloody hot! There was barely a cloud in the sky so walking up the hill was unbelievably challenging. And I had already done it once!
I’m telling you, by the time the house came into view, I was never so happy to see my house!!!
So after getting into the house (where it was about 15 degrees cooler) we about fell over.
Close to an hour later the most freakish storm blew in and I swear the cloud looked like it was from an alien invasion movie! I’ve never seen a cloud like it before. Well, then it started to thunder & lightening all over. Causing fires across the valley from our house and in many other places.
Weird. So that was what happened to cause all the smoke this weekend.

by Desiree Stanley on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 @ 10:44 PM CT

10 weeks
I just counted the weeks and realized that there are only 10 more weeks until the walk. Wow. I was looking through the training schedule for the next couple of weeks and noticed that it’s gonna get more challenging real quick.
I did a 4 mile walk on Tues. and a 5 mile walk on Thurs. That’s standard these days but the weekends are when the long walks happen.
Yesterday I went to the gym to walk (because the whole south bay is covered in smoke – and I didn’t care to be inhaling all that smoke). I had to do 13 miles. I arrived at the gym at 7:15am and didn’t leave until after 12:30pm. Stacey joined me for a couple hours which is always nice. Then her husband showed up to work out for a bit. Love the company!! Today I had to walk 9 miles. So back to the gym I went. And again I was there about 7:15am and didn’t leave until 11:15am. But I must say, what I love about being at the gym on a treadmill… well several things actually, I can stop to use the bathroom AT ANY TIME!, I can read a book while walking!, and t.v.’s. This makes my multitasking personality very happy.
Well, next weekend I’m looking at 14 miles for Sat. & 10 miles for Sun. Holy Cow. Cross your fingers for me.

by Desiree Stanley on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 @ 10:33 PM CT 


Back in training
OK, so we had a fantastic time in So Cal for our trip to Disneyland, SeaWorld, Palm Desert, and San Bernardino for a wedding! But as we all know, it’s back to reality when you get home….
Tues. I walked 3 miles to get Pumpkin from school & then go back to the office. Multi-tasking & saving money on gas. Whoohoo!
Wed. I went to the gym for 30 mins of cross-training on the elliptical machine. I think I’m going to switch up the cycle because it seemed easier to do than in the past.
Thurs. I walked 5 miles to take Pumpkin to school & then went in to work for the day.
Today is another cross-training day. I’m doing some strength-building Yoga tonight.
SAT!! Big walk for me. 12 miles. I’m planning to break it up into two 6 mile walks. And this time I’m walking my hill! For those of you who’ve been to the house, then you know how big a deal this is because we live on quite a hill.
Sunday is a 6 mile walk. I’m planning on an easier walk – with no hills. We’ll see how it goes!

by Desiree Stanley on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 @ 4:16 PM CT 


Guess I should run spell checker before I post an entry…. For those of you that noticed the spelling error, good for you! You’re on top of it. For those of you that didn’t notice, then great! I’m glad to see you were either too busy to notice or just don’t care.
I meant ‘arduous’ not ‘ardulous’.
Heehee =)

by Desiree Stanley on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 @ 6:01 PM CT

Hi! I’m still here…
But we’ll be heading down to Disneyland and a few other places for a family vacation plus a wedding!
So, last weekend on Sat. we (as in the Boobs by the Bay team) did the 10 mile walk together. Believe me, this made it sooooo much more tolerable. It’s amazing how good company can change an ardulous task into an ~almost~ pleasant one.
We walked from Kerri’s house over a few blocks to a gigantic hill that really was uphill both ways and then thru a neighborhood that was all on a bunch of smaller hills. And then we did it all over again!!!!
Needless to say, we got a workout! It was excellent preparation for the 3Day walk. Now I just need to go do that route about 20 more times to be truly prepared!
Sunday was a 6 mile walk and I split the walk into two parts. The first was me walking alone for 4 miles. The second part was me “walking” with the gremlins. I say “walking” because it was more like breaking up fights, trying to keep peace, attempting to help Pumpkin ride her scooter, and keeping them out of the middle of the road. Good times, good times….
By the end of it, Honey bunny was whining and Pumpkin was getting lippy. She finally fell asleep in her stroller.

by Desiree Stanley on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 @ 12:21 PM CT 


It is windy today!!! As stated in my previous post, I decided to walk in the morning again. This time, Pumpkin said she wanted Daddy to drive her to school, smart girl. So it was just me & a damn good thing, too. I’m not at all exaggerating about the wind. It really, truly is a blustery day. After I finally made it to the office I was joking that if I weighed any less, then I would have blown away like Piglet in the Winnie the Pooh book!
There were a couple times I didn’t think I was going to make it all the way to the office… I almost broke down and called Rob to come get me. BUT I DIDN’T!!!! I pushed on and walked the whole way.
At one point I seriously felt as if I was standing still but then the wind let up a bit and I rushed forward! HA!! It was hysterical.
Anywho, tomorrow I think I’ll do some nice Yoga in the comfort of my home….

by Desiree Stanley on Thu, May 22, 2008 @ 6:39 PM CT

More catching up
All righty then… I have to admit that I wasn’t able to do my full walk on Sat. or Sunday – but I have a legitimate reason!! We went away for the weekend and took the girls to Monterey and went to the Aquarium. All day. Literally. But they both loved it & watching them get so excited about each new thing they saw made the day for me.
I did manage to squeeze in a 3 mile walk in the morning, a far cry from the 8 miles I was supposed to walk but hey, I walked the whole day, right?!
So this week I’ve done my 3 mile walk on Tues. and tonight I’ll be cross-training for 15 minutes. Tomorrow is a 5 mile walk. I plan to walk Pumpkin to school in the morning & then go into the office. It worked out very well last week so I’m gonna repeat.
Oh, yeah, and while we were walking Pumpkin says to me, “mommy walking to school is hard”. I said, “hey, I’m the one doing all the walking! you’re the one riding in the stroller!” To which she laughed and said “oh, right mommy”.

by Desiree Stanley on Wed, May 21, 2008 @ 5:03 PM CT

Falling behind
Not on my training… but on this blog! I have been right on schedule with my training walks & cross-training. Last week I did the 3 mile on Tues., did the 5 mile on Thurs (although I forgot my walking gear so I had to run home to change. I decided to walk from the bottom of our hill over to Honey bunny’s school & back. It worked out just fine!)
Did my cross-training on Wed. & Fri. – a combination of bicycle & free weights.
On Sat. I did 7 miles (split the walk in half again -brilliant!) and was able to walk by myself!! Nice not to be pushing a stroller with a 25lbs child. Sun. walked 6 miles -uphill BOTH WAYS- kidding. Stacey walked with me & this time we did some real hill training. My calves are still sore & it’s Tues.!
Anyway, walking 3 miles today. Since Honey bunny has a private Karate session, I figured we’d walk over to the studio, I’d continue on to Pumkin’s school to pick her up, and then the two of us would walk back to get Honey bunny. Great plan, huh?!

by Desiree Stanley on Tue, May 06, 2008 @ 12:45 PM CT 

Surprised, yet again
I walked 7 miles on Saturday. Not to be too sappy but each time I walk distances that I’ve never done before, I am so proud of myself. It goes to show that you really can do things you never thought you could. This time I got wise, I planned the walk to circle back mid-way to my car so that I could take a quick ride up to our house & use the bathroom!!! I took Pumpkin with me in her stroller. I walked half the distance with her, then took her home, used the bathroom (aaahhhh), grabbed a snack & more fresh water, and then went back out for the remaining distance.
Since this plan worked out so well I repeated it on Sunday with my 6 mile walk! I added in a portion of our hill, a small portion since the grade is so steep, but some nonetheless….
Oh, and I must mention that the weather was phenonmenal. It got pretty hot toward the end of the walk but I didn’t mind. I just enjoyed the beautiful day!

by Desiree Stanley on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 @ 9:58 PM CT 


More Training
On Wednesday I went to the gym, and did 15 minutes of cross training – I road the bike for that time & really got my heart rate going. But I must say that my bum was hurting because I didn’t use the recline style bicycle! Next time I’ll make sure to use the it & not the standard style!!
Yesterday I did a 5 mile walk to Honey bunny’s school & back. For some reason this walk seemed to take longer, could be the whining that I had to listen to coming from Honey bunny or maybe it was the wind blowing at us…
Tomorrow is a 7 mile walk. This will be my longest walk to date. Hope I’m ready! I’ve got to go plot the course now, I wonder where I should walk?

by Desiree Stanley on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 @ 4:22 PM CT

We’re back!
Ok, technically we’ve been back since last Wednesday but oh well – I’ve been busy catching up on things! I did a 4 mile walk on Sunday to get back into the routine. It was a moderate walk, meaning I did some hill training. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be…. Thanks Stacey for coming with me!
Today I did a 3 mile walk as per the training schedule. I’m officially back following the schedule after nearly two weeks off.
I feel pretty good. Although, 3 miles is like nothing now that I’ve done 6 miles! =)

by Desiree Stanley on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 @ 11:13 PM CT

Catch-up before leaving
Saturday I did my first 6 mile walk! It went really well despite the almost freezing temperatures. OK small exaggeration. But it was very cold, cloudy & windy. The last mile started to get to me… and it didn’t help that I had to use the bathroom!! I was wishing for a port-a-potty.
Sunday was a 5 mile walk. I walked later in the morning so the weather was better. Good thing, too, because I brought Pumpkin in the stroller. The walk back was definitely more of a challenge due to the wind. This time I was walking into the wind for roughly 2.5 miles pushing a stroller with a 25 lb. child & a 3 lb. backpack!! Oh well, it’s just more training, right?
We are leaving tonight for a business trip to China and we’ll be back in a week. I’ll pick-up my training when we get back.
Thanks again to all the donors who’ve made donations so far! I appreciate you & your support!!

by Desiree Stanley on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 @ 1:01 PM CT

Today was a cross training day so I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the stationary bike. It was nice for a change of pace. Plus, it uses different muscle groups. Got a great workout while still allowing a break for the muscles I’ve been using to do the walks!
It will be a short break, though, because tomorrow is a 6 mile training day. The schedule calls for an easy walk. O-Kay, I won’t argue with the schedule!

by Desiree Stanley on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 @ 11:10 PM CT

Fabulous day for a walk
The weather was so perfect today! It made walking just a little bit easier. Today’s training was for 5 miles. So I walked to Honey bunny’s school to pick her up and then we walked back to the office. This will make three times that she’s walked with me all a minimum of 3 miles each! I know the walk is a bit tough for me, so the fact that she’s done it without complaint is awesome.
We did take a slight short-cut on the way back but I figured she needed it. Especially when she started to tell me that she had to use the bathroom!
My legs are definitely sore today. Going to do a bit more stretching before I hit the hay. Hopefully it will help!! I think I need to invest in some epsom salts & those icyhot patches or maybe some Bengay….

by Desiree Stanley on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 @ 12:07 AM CT

Glad it was a Cross training day!
It rained here today and if you read my other post then you know, I’m still not yet ready to walk in the rain, so it was a good thing today was a cross training day! I went to the gym or as the husband likes to say “you doing Jim tonight?” and used the machines & free weights for 30 minutes. I also did some leg lunges and I can tell you right now with total certainty, I’m gonna be feeling that tomorrow!
Got a 5 mile walk scheduled for tomorrow. I plotted out my route from our office to Honey bunny’s school and back. Yeah for multi-tasking! She’s as excited as I am for the walk! Who knew?

by Desiree Stanley on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 @ 11:53 PM CT

Team meeting
We had our first team meeting tonight & it was fantastic! Got to meet all but one of the team members. We each had a chance to share our reason for participating in the 3Day, share ideas on the best gear while training / for the 3 days of the event, and talk tips for how to train, where to train, what to bring while training, and good recovery techniques. Overall it was a great night.
Perhaps you noticed that I raised my fundraising goal? During the meeting we discussed making each of our personal goal at least $3,200 so that the whole team would be considered a Power Team. I love it! The more money raised, the more money that can be put to research & awareness! Thank you to all of you who have made donations so far!!!! I appreciate you!
Also, I did a 3 mile training today and again my 8 yr old decided to walk with me. She did an awesome job keeping up with me and making it all the way with little or no complaint! I’m so proud of her!

by Desiree Stanley on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 @ 11:30 PM CT

I mentioned in my last post that I was glad today was a rest day… that is still true. In fact, as soon as I finish this post I will be doing some stretching. It’s pretty amazing how sore your muscles can be when pushed beyond their normal limits!
Anyway, I’m excited because tomorrow is a 3 mile walk and I’ve decided to walk from our office to Pumpkin’s day care to pick her up & then go back to our office. Thereby accomplishing two things at once! I’m big on multi-tasking so this makes me very excited. Get my 3 mile walk in for the day & pick up the 3 yr old at the same time!! Whoohoo. This may not seem like a big deal but just a couple weeks ago I never would have imagined doing this… and being excited about it.

by Desiree Stanley on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 @ 11:57 PM CT

A wee bit tired
Yes, it’s true, I’m a wee bit tired. We had a large group of friends over last night & several didn’t leave until nearly 3:00am! Glad tomorrow is a rest day!
Despite the lack of sleep, I still did my training. See how dedicated I am!! I convinced Honey bunny (the 7 yr old) to come with me for my 3 mile walk today. She brought her scooter and either walked or rode the scooter for all 3 miles.
We remembered to stretch before, during, and after our walk! But she promptly fell asleep as soon as we were home.
**85% of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-day benefits Susan G. Koman for the Cure! With the other 15% of the net proceeds going to the National Philanthropic Trust.

by Desiree Stanley on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 @ 11:26 PM CT 


Yesterday was a 5 mile training day. And I surprised myself by actually making it! All 5 miles! On top of that, I didn’t feel too bad when I was finished. No new blisters!
Another part of this whole journey that surprises me, I never thought I’d be able to do what I’ve done to date. When I signed up to participate, my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to complete the walk. 60 miles is A LOT of miles. But as I complete each training with longer walks I am beginning to realize that I will be able to do it!
I want to add that my sister walked with me and although she walks almost every day, her walks are usually only 1-2 miles per day, and she actually walked all 5 miles!! I’m really proud of her! And glad that she didn’t listen to me when I told her to take the short cut back. She pushed on through & did it all. That’s something for her to be proud of as well!

by Desiree Stanley on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 @ 3:18 PM CT 


Cross training
Today I did my first cross training for 30 minutes. This was a breeze compared to the two walks I’ve done so far. Kind of makes me wonder if I did enough for those 30 minutes… my training included about 12 minutes of biking, several weight machines, and crunches. Tomorrow’s training is a 5 mile walk! I’m looking forward to it since tomorrow is Saturday & I’ve planned the course to include some areas I’ve never walked before.
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by Desiree Stanley on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 @ 1:03 AM CT 

Feelin’ good
Happy to report that I completed my 4 mile walk in just over an hour today! I’m feeling pretty good. The weather was beautiful… some wind but this town always has a fairly strong breeze blowing through. I think that works out to my advantage because I’m getting used to working a bit harder. I’ve managed to plan my walk so that the wind is at my back on the return trip! We’ll see how lucky I am on the day of the event…
**This year more than 200,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will lose their life to the disease. Let’s change those statistics!

by Desiree Stanley on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 @ 10:02 PM CT 


Glad there’s nothing on the schedule for training today… just a tiny bit of muscle ache from Tuesday’s walk. Not too bad, just a little sore. I’m sure I’ll get used to the soreness as the amount of miles only gets larger from this point on! Need to remember to stretch more at the end of the walk. Tomorrow is a 4 mile walk which I’ve already plotted out on Google’s pedometer site. Hopefully the weather will be decent. I don’t think I’m ready to train in the rain.. in Spain.. on the plain. Just kidding! But really, I’m not up to walking in the rain at this point.
**85% of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-day benefits Susan G. Koman for the Cure!

by Desiree Stanley on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 @ 10:41 PM CT

Great start
I did my 3 mile walk today and finished within an hour! I’m off to a great start… now I’ll just have to do something about these blisters before they get worse.

by Desiree Stanley on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 @ 11:09 PM CT

Training starts tomorrow
No one can walk 60 miles over 3 days without a little bit of training… well mine starts tomorrow! The Breast Cancer 3-day handbook has two awesome training schedules, either a 24 week or a 16 week schedule. Even though the event isn’t until September, I’ll be following the 16 week schedule to allow for a few weeks that I will be missing due to various pre-planned business & family trips.
Wish me luck!
**Be a hero. Tell as many women as possible about the lifesaving benefits of early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

**Women under 40 absolutely do develop breast cancer. Early detection is the key to success.


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