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The Michigan 3 Day with the Coconutter Strutters!

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As you should know by now, I walked with the Coconutter Strutters team in the Michigan 3 Day for the Cure.  They were such a friendly and welcoming bunch of coconuts!

Welcome to the Michigan 3 Day!

The night before the Michigan 3 Day, the Coconutter Strutters all got together for a big team dinner.  It was an excellent opportunity for me to meet most of my teammates that would be escorting me around the Motor City for the next three days!

Me and my Coconutter Strutter teammates: Mr. Coconut, Marathon Coconut, Kooky Coconut, Clever Coconut, Hollywood Coconut, Lead Coconut, Trainer Coconut, Crafty Coconut, Iron Coconut and Queenie Coconut.

After dinner, I was really excited to start walking RIGHT AWAY!  However, the walk didn’t start for a few hours, so I was quickly tucked away for a good night’s sleep.  If I have learned one thing about these 3 Day walkers, it’s that they get up EARLY!

Sure enough, the Coconuts were up and at ’em well before sun rise.  Very first thing in the morning (and I mean first thing!), the Coconuts and I headed to Opening Ceremonies where my teammates snagged their first five seconds of fame.  Here, you can see the Channel 4 Detroit News interviewing Queenie Coconut – she is walking 60 miles in honor of her mother who also happened to be celebrating her 60th birthday!

(I was hoping this meant we would get cake or at least some Nutter Butters.  Unfortunately, with all this walking, there was no time for cake.  Next time, Coconuts!)

Letting my teammate enjoy the spot light. It can't be all about me, all the time!

Some people, like Cousin Coffee Cup, enjoy coffee first thing in the morning, but not these crazy Coconuts!  They spent their morning screaming, dancing and wearing pink fuzzy things on their heads, even though they just got out of bed!

You can always spot a coconut by their pink dealy boopers!

Somehow, every team picture that we took involved laughing, strange noises, pyramids of people and quite often “jazz hands”!  I knew I was in for a fun weekend with all this early morning fun!

After a wonderful Opening Ceremonies, it was time to walk!  And walk we did, for 3 days and 60 miles!

It's all about saving those coconuts!

The support along the route was incredible!  Here I am with the Superior Ambulance truck which was covered in dedications, inspiration and lots of love!

As the ambulance says, "Coconutter Strutters Rock!"

Luckily, we didn’t see any rain on the route (which is good because I haven’t fixed my poncho from Boston yet!).  The safety crew knew what they were doing when they brought their umbrellas though – we needed some relief from the hot, hot sun!

Thanks Safety Crew, for keeping my Coconuts safe!

The Coconutter Strutters have some of the best supporters along the route!  It seemed like every time we rounded a corner, there was someone else decked out in coconut gear!

Our team supporters come in all sizes!

When the Coconutter Strutters got tired of walking, there was always someone along the route ready to cheer us on and dance with us!

Dancing Coconuts!

The best dancer of all, though, was this woman:

I met the Dancing Lady!

This friendly lady is known as the Dancing Lady among the Michigan 3 Dayers and she is something of a celebrity (like me!).  She kept popping up all throughout the walk and she was always shakin’ her stuff!  I’m just lucky I got her to hold still long enough for a picture!

When we finally made it back to camp, we were greeted by the wonderful Livonia firemen who were working hard to keep us cool after a hot day of walking in the sun.

Thank you Livonia firemen! We love you!

Everyone was in such a good mood all weekend – I think it’s all this pink that they all wear.  You just can’t be grouchy when you’re surrounded by PINK.  I think Oscar the Grouch should take notes from these 3 Day people!

Marathon Coconut was super excited to be hanging out with me. Little does she know that I'm not filled with coffee!

Luckily, I didn’t have to go to the Medical Tent this time like I did in Boston.  They have some funny looking nurses here in Michigan!

3 Day Mug and 3 Day Nurse to the rescue!

In camp, I even got to meet another awesome 3 Day celebrity: Pink Beard Barry!  Did you know that this is the fifth year in a row that he’s participated in EVERY 3 Day event?  That’s soooo much walking.  Mom got to meet him in Atlanta in 2008 and I got to meet him here in Detroit!

I hope I get to see Barry again at my other events. He's my idol!

One thing that I learned in Michigan is that The Coconutter Strutters take Tent Decorating VERY seriously.  This year, the Coconuts took their cue from the gorgeous weather and brought a little beach bummin’ to the 3 Day with them!

Beach Bummin' at 3 Day Camp! Hope you brought your swimmies and sunblock!

Trainer Coconut was supposed to be decorating the tents, but I think she got a little confused after all of this walking!

Hanging 10 with Trainer Coconut!

While the Coconuts were putting the final touches on tent decorations, another news team swung by for an interview.  Who knew my teammates were such media darlings?

I'm glad everyone is getting to hear about my Coconut teammates - they are the best!

One of the best things about the Coconutter Strutters is their team shirts.  If I had a shirt, it would definitely say “Mug Nut”!

I definitely need to get one of these shirts! It would look great with my dealy-boopers!

Our team banner was a huge help during the middle of the night when the well-hydrated Coconuts stumbled in the dark in and out of their tents to hit the port-a-potties.  It was also a wonderful sign to welcome us home to camp at the end of a long day of walking!

Our team banner at the end of Day 2!

The rainbow at camp on the second night made everyone stop and appreciate the magnificent 3 Day bubble that we were all in.  I almost didn’t want to leave!

Forget a pot of gold - there's a 3 Day Mug at the end of this rainbow!

In addition to the gorgeous rainbow over our banner on Day 2, we also came home to find out that the Coconutter Strutters had won the tent decorating contest!  Whoohoo – more legacy pins for everyone!!!

Beach Bums for Boobs = Success!

The final day of the event was bittersweet – the miles may be shorter but the steps definitely feel slower.  I know my teammates were starting to get sore, but I was lucky.  Since Mug’s don’t technically have legs, I got to just hang around for those last, difficult miles!

Hitching a ride with Lead Coconut Vanessa!

Coming into Closing Ceremonies, I had the most incredible photo op – I got to meet Jenne Fromm, the national spokeswoman for the whole 3 Day.  Team Coconutter Strutters adore her and so do I!  When the Coconuts explained that I was the (famous!) 3 Day Mug and that I would be traveling to almost as many 3 Day events as she was, her response was “Well, THAT’s an interesting item to take along on all the walks!”

I am definitely interesting – that’s why you’re all reading my blog after all!  I hope I get to meet Jenne again at future walks!

Posing with Jenne!

At the end of the 60 mile journey in Michigan, all 1,850 walkers shared stories of aches, pains, dehydration, exhaustion and longed for air conditioning.  Yet at that very same moment, they felt a heart warming peace – the small things they had over come during those 3 days are nothing compared to the mountains that our survivors have achieved!

The Coconutter Strutters at the Finish Line! Congratulations Coconuts!

After a very long but fun-filled 3 Days, we took our final steps into Closing Ceremonies.  The Coconuts look just as good as they did early on Friday morning, just a few short days ago!

Closing Ceremonies!

So now it’s time for this Mug to hang up her 3 Day lanyard for this walk.  But don’t worry, I’ll be back soon.  I’ll be in the Twin Cities in just a few days!

Rocking my Michigan 3 Day swag one last time...

Extra special thank you to Vanessa and all the Coconuts for all your support during the Michigan 3 Day!  I loved being an honorary Coconut and I’ll see you again in Arizona!

~  3 Day Mug

PS – If you want to help my Coconutter Strutters teammates with their fundraising for their Arizona walk, you can make a donation here.  Thanks!


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August 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

That’s A Lot of Nutter Butters!

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As my long time fans know, this is one Mug that loves her Nutter Butters.  Just about the only thing I love more than Nutter Butters is people who participate in the Breast Cancer 3 Day!  So when Jay, my soon to be host for the Twin Cities 3 Day for the Cure, recently tweeted this picture of the stash of Nutter Butters that we’ll be bringing with us to the Twin Cities walk, I was one seriously happy Mug!

Personally, I feel that Nutter Butters can cure whatever it is that ails you.  And I know from experience that during the 3 Day, there’s a lot that can ail you.  So if you happen to see Jay or I out on the route or in camp during the Twin Cities 3 Day, be sure to say “Hi!” and ask for some Nutter Butters – we clearly have plenty to share!

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August 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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Rocking the Fundraising with the Coconutter Strutters!

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What an adventure so far!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was shipped in the most glorious cloud of bubble wrap (thanks to the FedEx guy!) to spend a couple weeks in Michigan with Team Coconutter Strutters before heading to the Michigan 3 Day for the Cure.  The weekend before the Michigan event, I was honored to spend the evening at the Third Annual ‘Passionate About Pink’ fundraising concert with Coconutter teammates!

Vanessa says for me to say an extra special “Thank You!” to G Jais Jook Joint Blues Band, Tracy Mack, DJ Jen & Hana Halhas who kept everyone singing, smiling, toe-tapping and dancing all night — it was so much fun!

Rock on Michigan!

In addition to getting to know my teammates before the big 3 Day walk, I also made some great new friends at the party.  One of my new friends caught my eye immediately – we were both decked out in pink, my signature color!

My new friend Lil' Miss Martini!

We got a little silly at the party...

I also made a second friend, Pink Ribbon Duck!  Pink Ribbon Duck is a great advocate for helping me “duck breast cancer”!

Hanging out with my new friend Pink Ribbon Duck!

There were also a lot of great fashions to check out at the party.  If I could wear a t-shirt, it would defiantly be this one:

The front of the shirt...

And the back! Isn't it great?

I also think I would look particularly HOT in these awesome socks (ya know, if I had feet!):

I just LOVE these socks!

But I guess since the t-shirt doesn’t fit and the socks don’t fit, I will just have to settle for a classic pair of Team Coconutter Strutters “Dealy-Boopers”!

As they say, you can always tell a Coconut by their Dealy-Boopers!

I had so much fun getting to know my new teammates at the party.  Here are some of the Coconuts that I was hanging out with tonight.  Would you believe they all went to high school together?  They’re just like Mom and her Relentless Optimism teammates!

My Coconut teammates!

In between sets of the concert, the Coconuts paraded around the room asking for donations.  They even had big pink buckets just for the occasion – I think they might be long lost cousins!

Fill those buckets with donations, folks!

While the ladies worked the pink buckets, I was in charge of collecting donations at the table.  There was so much money coming in, I was getting overwhelmed!

So much money! Good thing it's for such a great cause!

In the end, it might have gotten a little crazy at times, but it was a ton of fun!  We ultimately raised $500 to help in the fight against breast cancer.  What a successful night!

Great job, Coconutter Strutters!

Vanessa taught me a new Chinese Proverb: “The journey is the reward!”  I think that perfectly sums up my night at the Passionate About Pink concert.  And now that I’m an official Coconut (Dealy-Boppers and all!), I would like to say on behalf of my new teammates that we are so thankful for all of our supporters and friends that we have made along this journey!

The Coconuts have now wrapped up their fundraising for the Michigan 3 Day.  BUT – the Coconuts will also be strutting their stuff at the Arizona walk later this fall.  If you would like to help contribute to the Coconutter Strutters fundraising goals for their Arizona event, you can do so here.

Thanks for a great night Coconuts – see you soon at the big walk!

Thank you Vanessa DeKoekKoek for taking good of Mug in Michigan and for sharing all of these great photos!

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August 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

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I made it to Michigan!

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I finally made it to the first stop of the second leg of my 3 Day journey:  Michigan!

The FedEx guy said this is how all the First Class passengers travel... I don't think I believe him.

When I got to Michigan, Vanessa, my host for a few weeks had a bit of trouble getting me out of my intense wrapping.  Luckily, this friendly guy was willing to help her out:

What can I say? I was comfy in my bubble wrap and I didn't want to come out!

So now, I am here in Michigan and I am ready to get started on my adventure!  Vanessa tells me that we’re going to a fundraiser with her teammates on the Coconutter Strutters soon.  Good thing I remembered to pack my coconut bra – I wouldn’t want to be under dressed!

Welcome to Michigan!

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August 6, 2010 at 10:00 am

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I’m all set for my first road trip!

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Tomorrow morning, I will be off on my first road trip without Mom or Aunt Julie!  I am a little nervous but I am very excited to be able to support more of “The Pink People” at the 3 Day walks in Michigan and the Twin Cities!

For my first stop, I will be staying with Vanessa (who I hear also goes by @DESIGNESSA on Twitter).  Vanessa is the Lead Coconut of the Coconutter Strutters, which sounds like a great team.  I hope I fit in!

I've got my coconut bra all ready to go!

After the Michigan 3 Day, I’ll be whooshing my way to the Twin Cities (by way of Vermont!) where I’ll be accompanying a very nice man named Jay (or @jayfurr on Twitter) on the first of his THREE walks this year.  Mom was lucky enough to meet Jay in Boston where he worked on the Crew of the very awesome Pit Stop 4s.

That's Jay on the left, working on the Boston Crew!

Mom says Jay is very enthusiastic and likes to wear a hot pink hard hat and Converse sneakers.  I just hope people don’t get us confused on the event!

I’ve got my pink hat and sneakers all ready for the Twin Cities!

If everything goes according to Mom’s plans, I will be taking part in TEN 3 Day events this year – that’s even more than Jay!  I am very excited that so many wonderful 3 Day walkers and crew members have offered to chaperone me all around the country.  I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter (where I am @3DayMug) for the very latest from my 3 Day journey!

(Oh yeah, and I know I still owe you posts about my trip to the Boston 3 Day.  Mom’s being really slow about getting my pictures off her camera.  I knew I shouldn’t have shared cameras with her!)

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August 4, 2010 at 5:11 am

The Boston 3 Day – Day 3

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The morning of Day 3 came really early, especially after sleeping in those hot tents all night.  I was hoping for a relaxing pre-walk breakfast, but things were BUSY BUSY BUSY all around camp!  People were packing up their pink tents, getting their feet taped up, refilling water bottles…  it was crazy.  But eventually, we made it out onto the route to finish our long walk into Boston!

After climbing a really big hill in the hot, hot sun, we decided to take a rest in the shade outside a store.  I was really excited when I realized I was sitting right next to my fellow 3 Day Tweep Caitlin!  Mom tells me that Caitlin (who you may know as “@CTinCT“) is the Energizer Keep Going Blogger for the Boston walk, so it was kind of like meeting a celebrity!

Hanging with my fellow 3 Day Tweep Caitlin on the route!

I heard that Mom got to meet some other 3 Day Tweeps yesterday, including John (@60Miles), Jay (@jayfurr) and Jen (@LyndasLadies).  I was hoping to meet them all today, along with Laurie (@60milegirl) and her husband (@60milehusband) but alas, my lack of training finally caught up with me.  My blisters were just too much and I think I pulled a muscle in my handle.  Luckily, there was a friendly sweep van that was willing to take me all the way to Closing Ceremonies so Mom and her teammates could keep walking.

Oh noes! I had to take a Sweep Van to Closing! Next time, I will definitely train for this more!

Even though I had to sweep to the end, Mom and her Relentless Optimism teammates trekked onward.  I heard that they got to walk over a bunch of beautiful bridges, walk through the gorgeous Boston Commons and the Boston Public Gardens and even hang out with some awesome firemen.  You’ll all have to check out Mom’s blog to see more of that, I guess.

After a long, hot afternoon, I finally spied my Relentless Optimism teammates coming across the Finish Line!  I was sooo proud of them – they worked really hard all weekend!  Luckily, I was with them to join in the celebration during Closing Ceremonies.  We even got to rock out with Candy Coburn.  I am DEFINITELY a Pink Warrior, even if I am a Mug!

Whoohoo! We made it to Closing Ceremonies!

Shaking my pink pom poms in celebration! Congratulations Pink People!!

After the big celebration at Closing Ceremonies, we all headed back to the hotel for some much needed R&R.  I was a sore Mug indeed!  I thought we were all going to relax and rest our tired feet but instead, Mom and her Relentless Optimism teammates went out to dinner with all of Mom’s family that had driven in from out of town just to see me!

(Okay, they were really there to cheer for Mom and rest of the Relentless Optimism team, but hey, a Mug can dream!)

Mom and her teammate Jen celebrating with some non - 3 Day Mugs. Those Beer Mugs may be good for celebrating, but I don't think they walked 60 miles this weekend like I did!

While Mom was celebrating, I was trying to take care of all of my blisters back at the hotel. Doctor Michelle, where are you?!?

All in all, there were 1600 walkers, 375 crew members and one very committed Mug that took part in the Boston 3 Day for the Cure.  All together, we raised $4.1 million dollars for breast cancer research!!  Some day soon, we will find a cure for breast cancer and I will be a very happy 3 Day Mug indeed.  But until then, I will keep walking in as many 3 Day events as I can get too.  See you soon, Michigan – I’ll try to get these blisters under control and get in some extra training before then!

Thanks for following my adventures in Boston!

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Team Photo at Closing Ceremonies! We did it!!

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July 26, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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The Boston 3 Day – Day 2

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After a warm and dry night snuggled into Mom’s pink tent (which itself was snuggled into a really big truck to keep us dry!), we were up with the sun AGAIN. I’m not much of a morning person without my coffee, so this early morning business has been tough.  But thoughts of a warm breakfast with my Relentless Optimism teammates motivated me to get moving!

Must fuel up before walking!

After breakfast, the team put me in charge of making sure we had all the right gear for the day.  I think I got all of the essentials…

All of this relentless optimism is contagious! After the rain yesterday, I'm predicting nothing but sunshine today. Hope everyone brought their sunglasses!

Pssssst! Relentless Optimism! I think you forgot your packs!

After a bit more stretching and an extra apple pie for breakfast, we were off onto the route for more walking!  At this point, Mom started singing “On the Road Again”, which was pretty irritating since she’s a terrible singer.  Didn’t she hear me in 3 Day Rockstar last night?  Leave the singing to the Mug, Mom!

Relentless Optimism rides again! Keep Going ladies!!

How embarassing! You caught me leaving the Port-a-Potty! But hey, if you're hydrating properly on the 3 Day, you can't avoid 'em!

I’ve heard that Day 2 can often be the hardest for the 3 Day walkers and I can see why.  The miles are long, the sun is hot and at the end of day, you still have to sleep in a tent!  Luckily, the organizers planned THREE separate cheering stations on Day 2 for my fellow Boston walkers, so we saw lots of friendly faces along the way.  Some of them even made signs for us!

Hmm... I don't see 3 Day Mug on here anywhere. Maybe they forgot I was walking too? Oh well - GO RELENTLESS OPTIMISM!!!

I concur! My blistered teammates are the hottest ladies in Boston (and not just because it was over 90 degrees!)

After a long morning of walking, we finally made it to lunch.  We had a great place to sit and refuel for even more walking in the afternoon.  I also made sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  I don’t want to have to go see Dr. Michelle again!

Hydrate, hydrate, eat and pee! Saving myself from an IV!

Good thing I hydrated! It's REALLY hot out today!

After lunch, we hit the road again, determined to make it back to camp in one piece.  Along the way, we stopped at more Port-a-Potties, more cheering stations and my favorite, more pit stops for snacks!

Have you tried these yet?! They're ALMOST as delicious as Nutter Butters!

Finally, after a long 21.2 miles, we spied all of the pink tents in the distance and knew we had made it back to camp.  After checking in with our “ITP” teammates (that is, our teammates that were still in camp due to injuries or because they were on crew assignments), we got down to business.  I helped Mom move her tent out of the truck that we were in last night (something about having to load it with gear at 4am…) and then hit the showers.  Once we were all clean, it was time for dinner!

(Hmm… it seems like all I did today was eat and walk.  No wonder they call it the 60 Mile Buffet!)

Did you know that everyone on the 3 Day (including walkers, crew and Mugs) showers in trucks? CRAZY!

I made good friends with this gentleman - he controlled the food!

Whew!  Day 2 was INTENSE.  Which makes it fitting that it ended up exactly where it started: IN TENTS.

(HA!  I’m too funny!)

Anyways, that’s all from me for Day 2.  Good night everyone and sleep tight!

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Aah. All snuggled in to my sleeping bag for the night!

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July 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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