Men of the 3-Day

July 6th, 2010 | Posted by john in General - (2 Comments)

This week is the official “Men of the 3-Day” week here at 60miles3days.com. Stay tuned throughout the week as I will have favorite moments of the men that walk in the 3-Day and polls about the men of the 3-Day. I wanted to start the week off big and I think that this post qualifies as a big effort, so take a look and see if you can help out!

It’s not often that I write a post that is based almost entirely on a post from another blog, but this week that’s exactly what I’m doing. If you haven’t already done it, take a look at this post from Whining Causes Blisters. Read to the end because I thought it was a pretty good post.

Now, I have had some time to mull this over and I really liked the spirit of the post. I especially like the letter written to People Magazine about nominating the men of the 3-Day for sexiest man alive. It got me thinking about what criteria a magazine could have for nominating people for sexiest man alive. So I did some research and found that since 1985, when they started doing sexiest man alive, People has only chosen one non-actor for this category and he was a Kennedy. So going by this track record, if you want to be the sexiest man alive you need to be an actor or in a pinch you need to be wealthy and still have some sort of celebrity status.

Now, you can probably see where I am going with this and you might be thinking to yourself, “Gee, John, you’re a man of the 3-Day, this post is really starting to look self serving”. I gave a lot of thought to this before I put a single word down and I really don’t think that it is. If I were to suggest that I, myself, and no one else should be selected as sexiest man alive then yes I would wholly agree with you. What I am suggesting is that all the men of the 3-Day should be selected as sexiest man alive as sort of a “group” sexiest man alive. Not only will it give recognition to this group of 3-Day participants, it will help raise awareness to the event and also let other men out there know that you don’t have to be a woman to care deeply about eliminating breast cancer.

Think about it, shouldn’t sexy be a function of what someone does in their daily life instead of what genetics and talent agent they have? I realize that some of the celebrities on the list have done some great things over the years for people and that’s great, but a large group of men raising money an awareness for a cause that largely effects women is fantastic. Breast cancer does effect men, but I am pretty sure that most of us are walking for the women in our lives. Personally, I think that someone choosing to take a hard path is a lot more sexy than someone existing how they are normally.

So here’s what I would like to do. If you could take a few moments and write some letters to People and I have also included Time for the Man of the Year award. If you only want to write to one of these, please choose People. If we could get hundreds or even thousands of people to write in and make the suggestion that the Men of the 3-Day should be the man of the year then maybe, just maybe we can change the trend of celebrities with good genes, if only for one year. Deadline time. I always find that it’s easier to get something done by setting a deadline, so if everyone could set a deadline of July 16th (that’s next Friday) to have your letter turned in, that would be great. If for some reason you miss the date, please still send it in! The more letters the better, but I think it would be great if we had hundreds of letters in a really small time for people to take notice!

So here’s the contact information that I have found so far:

People Magazine
editor@people.com

Time Magazine
Time Magazine Letters
Time & Life Buliding
New York, NY 10020

or

letters@time.com

Thank you for any time that you can commit to getting the men of the 3-Day nominated for the sexiest man and the man of the year. Stay tuned over the next few weeks and I will probably do this same sort of thing for the sexiest woman of the year. Thanks to everyone that can write in. Every letter helps get to the goal!!!

 

Friday Poll – John’s Bras

July 2nd, 2010 | Posted by john in General - (5 Comments)

This week, it’s much less a poll and more of a quiz to see if you can figure out how many bras I will be packing for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure ® Let’s see how many get it right! I’ll post the actual answer next Friday!


 

Friday Poll – Where’s Your Water?

June 25th, 2010 | Posted by john in General - (Comments Off on Friday Poll – Where’s Your Water?)


 

I’ve Been Selected!

June 25th, 2010 | Posted by john in General - (10 Comments)

I’ll be honest here and say that this post was a little tougher to write than others. If you have read this blog for some time, I’m usually talking about ideas for the walk, or praising my donors in fund raising efforts or putting up videos of people talking about their favorite 3-Day moments. I’m not usually talking about how I was selected for something, but this time I will.

Energizer® has this fantastic program going on called the Keep Going® Blogger. What it boils down to is that they are picking 3-Day for the Cure® bloggers from each of the 15 walks and simply asking them to blog about their experiences. They have gone through the process and selected me as the Dallas/Fort Worth Keep Going Blogger! I’m pretty excited about it, even if it is a little hard to put that excitement into words. Big thanks to Energizer for doing this program!!

If you haven’t been to 60miles3days.com before, I invite you to keep coming back! I’ll be having a weekly post with training, fund raising, packing and event tips as well as weekly video chats with walkers who talk about their favorite 3-Day moments, why they walk and much more! I realize that this post probably won’t give you a real taste for what goes on here, so if you’re looking for something that will give you a better idea, just check out It’s Potty Time one of the more popular posts on here. I’m really looking forward to getting to talk with other walkers with this program and I’m always looking for more walkers to tell me about their favorite 3-Day experiences, if you have one that you would like to share (you don’t have to be anywhere near Dallas to share it!) then just click contact above and let me know! If you’re walking in the 3-Day for the Cure in Dallas, drop by the Energizer tent there and visit me. I’d love to meet you!

Thanks everyone for coming to visit and I hope to see you again real soon!

I’ll wrap this up with a few links that you should maybe check out:

Energizer on Facebook and Twitter

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

60 Miles (me) on Twitter

 

Lets Meet the Team!

June 22nd, 2010 | Posted by john in General - (3 Comments)

It seems like a simple concept, if you’re on a team you should probably meet with the team to discuss team business, but until last year I had never really had a formal team meeting. I always saw them as something that a big team would do and I had never been on a team with more than three people. I figured that we could all keep in touch individually and through the occasional team e-mail and that would be fine. We did OK like that, but a lot of stuff came to light when we all talked with each other and were able to heard and respond to concerns, questions and ideas.

Team meetings don’t have to be an in-person affair. I realize that people are busy and a lot of times teams are spread across the country, so sometimes a phone call is as good as you can get. But if you can get all of your team on a conference call, it’s way better than having no team meeting at all. So here are some great reasons that your team should really be meeting at least once every other month, if not once a month.


Accountability

Probably the biggest reason out there is accountability. This goes for training and fund raising. I don’t want to let my team down, so if I am having a call where everyone is telling about their plans for what they are going to do for fund raising or a training walk that they just got back from I know that I need to get on the ball and catch up with everyone. It’s not that it’s a competition, but seeing how your teammates are doing in these two critical areas will help you gauge how far along you should be by this point. If you have only raised $100 and the other four people on your team are already halfway to their goal, either you’re not putting enough effort into fund raising or you should start adapting some of the techniques that your team is using to help you catch up.


Planning

If you have a team that is planning on doing team fund raisers, a team meeting is a great place to hash out details of how it is going to go down. I realize that a lot of this can be done through e-mail, but I will admit that sometimes I get lost in the sea of e-mail if everyone in the team just keeps replying back and forth. Being able to have a conversation about getting your fund raiser together will make it easier for everyone to follow and make their voice heard about what needs to be done.


First Timers

If you have some first time walkers with veteran teammates, this allows them a chance to ask those questions about the walk that everyone has. Stuff like, “How much should I be walking?”, “What do you do at camp?”, “What should I pack?” and much more. If your team is comprised of first time walkers only, this might be a good time to get to know some of the walkers on the share list and see if there is a veteran walker in your area that might be able to come to your team meeting for a little bit to field questions and help you build the comfort level.


Meet the Team!

Chances are that unless all of your team is from one specific pool of people that you know (like family or work) then not everyone on the team will know each other. Use a section of your team meeting to have time to get to know everyone. The last team meeting that I went to, we had a question of, “what was the most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction you have had?” It seems like a simple enough question, but it got people to talk about something that was a little embarrassing and I think it helped everyone to know each other a little better. When everyone knows everyone better it makes it easier when the time comes to select your tent mate. It’s possible that there are people in the team that don’t know a lot of their team members and don’t already have a designated tent mate. Having a little get to know you time will allow them to know first of who doesn’t have a tent mate and second of if they can get along (though let’s face it, it’s the 3-Day, most people get along).


To the Event!

The last thing I will talk about for having a team meeting for is to actually do planning for the event. If you are walking in an out of town event, this could mean planning the travel arrangements and hotels for before and after the walk. If you are walking in the town that you live in, it could mean arranging for transportation from someone’s house to the event. At the last Texans for Tah-Tah’s meeting, we even talked about what shirts we would wear on what days so that we would be all co-ordinated and easier to pick out in a crowd.

The team meeting is a great thing to do with every team. If it’s just two people on your team, it may not be necessary to have the meetings frequently, but you should still plan on having a meeting or two just to hash out some stuff and keep each other motivated. As the team gets larger, I think the need for meetings gets more and more.