Let me start by saying that the 3-Day for the cure is not impossible. It’s difficult, but you can still complete this amazing journey on your own. You don’t HAVE to join a team to finish the 3-Day, but I highly recommend it. If you have read my other articles, you can probably tell that there is a list of a few reasons broken out on why to be on a team so here it is!
I’m not terribly great at getting motivated to get out and walk. There’s a good chance that some of you reading this are in the same boat as me. Getting up at 6 in the morning to go walk 12, 16 or 18 miles is just not at the top of my “great things to do on a Saturday” list. Having a team is great for training for a couple of reasons.
First, if your team is local to you, you can plan training walks together that way you are all suffering at 6 AM together. If your team is not local, there is still somewhat a sense of accountability. I know that if Julie, my team mate that lives several hundred miles away walked a good amount of mileage this week I feel like I have kind of let her down. Yeah, it’s kind of like guilting you into walking, but it works.
Fund Raising Support
I’m better about getting motivated to go fund raising, but again I bet that there are some that either can’t get motivated or just don’t know where to start. Having a team to bounce your fund raising ideas off of is extremely helpful. Even if you are great at getting out there and motivated to go ask people for money, there are still those occasions when you have a fund raising idea that you think is great that your team can ground you and say, “that’s great, but how are you going to accomplish this part of the idea?” They can also give you some great (and admittedly not so great) ideas for your own fund raising.
The other place that your team can help is actually doing team fund raisers. There may be an idea that someone in your team has for raising money that just can’t be done with one person or would be a lot easier with more than one. Team fund raising is a great way to augment your personal fund raising and also to bond with your fellow team mates.
Even though everyone is very friendly on the walk and you make lots of friends, it’s still nice to have someone that you have talked to before you go to the walk. Someone that knows how you walk and what causes you to start complaining. Also, it’s nice to know who you were tenting with before you get to the event so you know what you need to bring and what the other person will bring with them.
So join a team or start a team today! Don’t know anyone that’s participating in the 3-Day for the Cure? Well, there’s two ways to rectify that: get your friends to sign up or find someone without a team on the share list and see if they will team up with you!