Team in Training member! This is superbly awesome because I will be raising money for cancer research, while also working with a personal trainer/coach throughout my marathon training.
Look for a future post that explains more of the program, as well as a link to donate. :) You can also expect a party come April or May to help me with my fundraising goal! Maybe a Southie Pub Crawl! Oh, that will be so fun!!!
In addition, I will be assigned a training plan based on my needs as a runner, access to elite runners as trainers, as well as physical therapists in the case that I suffer an injury. I will also be running with a South Boston Running Club every Saturday morning at 7 a.m. following the kickoff event happening on February 4th at Boston University.
During this time, I will also be paired up with a patient going through treatment or in remission, and they will be a support system and a face for my cause. I think that might even be the best part, to really get to know someone who is a survivor. I have been so blessed in my life, that I don't have many immediate family members suffering from painful diseases or even personal/emotional issues (although supporting Diabetes research might be a direction I go in, in the future, because of my close connection to some of my favorite people "surviving' with that condition).
After finishing my half marathon, I felt a sense of accomplishment but realized that those feelings are fleeting. I think being tied to both this blog and raising money and awareness for blood cancers will feel like a spiritual awakening. I absolutely can't wait!